City/County Digest

City/County Digest

April 02, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

House delegation supports transfer of liquor licenses

The effort to bring three more liquor licenses to Towson cleared its last major hurdle yesterday by winning the endorsement of Baltimore County's representatives in the House of Delegates.

When such matters win the support of a county delegation, passage by the full House is typically a formality. The bill, sponsored by Sen. James Brochin, a Towson Democrat, has passed the state Senate.

If enacted, the bill would allow the transfer of three liquor licenses into the Towson revitalization district from the county's east side, a move that backers say will help economic development in the county seat.

Bost elected president of county teachers union

ESSEX -- Cheryl Bost, a teacher for 14 years at Mars Estates Elementary School in Essex, has been elected president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County.

Bost takes over from Mark Beytin on Aug. 1. She ran unopposed.

Bost will be the first woman in 12 years to lead TABCO, which has 6,000 members. Her term is for three years. She said she wants to encourage members to become more active and to increase membership.

Hatfield named president of Chamber of Commerce

TOWSON -- Joan G. Hatfield, a former Maryland Chamber of Commerce executive, has been named president of the Baltimore County chamber. Hatfield assumed the post yesterday.

While with the Maryland chamber, Hatfield was instrumental in creating the Chamber Action Network to advance the group's legislative agenda and obtain funding to support issues campaigns. She also served as director of government affairs for the Montgomery County Association of Realtors for nearly 20 years.

Hatfield, of Annapolis, replaces Terry Slade Young, who served as Baltimore County chamber president for two years. Young left the chamber last month to take a job as vice president for external affairs at Villa Julie College.

In Baltimore City

Glen Burnie man charged in pornography production

Federal authorities brought rare pornography production charges against a Glen Burnie man, alleging yesterday that he enticed a 9-year-old Maryland girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct recorded on a home video camera.

Gordon Elliott Thomas III, 29, was arrested yesterday and made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on a three-count indictment charging him with sexual exploitation of children, possession of child pornography and attempted receipt of child pornography. Authorities said they discovered thousands of images of child pornography stored on Thomas' computer.

Thomas could receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted on the exploitation charge. Federal authorities also are seeking forfeiture of computer hard drives and disks related to the case as well as a video camcorder seized at his home, court records show.

Board of Estimates to hear taxpayers' concerns

Baltimore taxpayers are invited to air their views to several of the city's top officials at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.

Taxpayers' Night is held annually by the Board of Estimates, a panel that oversees the city's fiscal policies. The board is composed of the mayor, City Council president, comptroller, city solicitor and public works director.

Among the issues to be discussed is a proposed increase in water and sewer rates. A public hearing on the proposal will be held April 23.

Vote due today on bonds for HarborView project

The city Board of Estimates is scheduled to vote this morning on issuing $5 million in bonds to help developers build 88 waterfront townhouses on 4 acres beside the HarborView tower on Key Highway near Federal Hill.

The money would come from the city's first use of a funding mechanism called Tax Increment Financing bonds, which borrow against future real estate taxes that will be generated from a development project.

The funding would help HarborView Properties Development Corp. and its partners build the next phase of their waterfront apartment and townhouse complex.

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