Harford Week

November 30, 2003

Consultant's study favors impact fee

Harford County could earn as much as 22 percent of its current capital budget costs by imposing an impact fee on new development, according to a study recently completed by a Bethesda consultant.

The study by Tischler & Associates, which cost the county $8,500, leans toward impact fees over excise taxes as a way to help raise revenue to pay for Harford County infrastructure needs, primarily school construction.

FOR THE RECORD - An item that appeared in the Harford County edition yesterday incorrectly identified the organization that named Maria LoBianco of Upper Chesapeake Health as case manager of the year. The award was given by the Maryland chapter of the Case Management Society of America.
The Sun regrets the error.

Using the roughly 1,900 new residential units added each year in the county as a guide, Tischler estimates that a $5,000 impact fee or excise tax per home could raise $9.5 million, while an impact fee of $10,000 per home could generate $19 million - or 22 percent of the current capital budget.

Raising the real estate transfer tax, which is incurred when property titles or leases are conveyed, by half a percentage point would raise $9.6 million, the study says. Increasing the recordation tax, incurred on mortgages and other secured debt, could yield $12.2 million.

Man killed, woman hurt in crash on Route 152

Cecil Robert Sinners, 68, of Phoenix was killed and Patricia Mae Sinners, 64, was injured and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after an automobile accident on Route 152 near Hess Road on Tuesday night, authorities said.

Patricia Sinners was the passenger in a 1996 Lincoln Town Car when the driver, Cecil Sinners, made a U-turn into the path of a UPS truck about 8 p.m., police said. Both were flown to Shock Trauma, where Cecil Sinners was pronounced dead, police said.

According to police, Mark Allen, 47, the driver of the truck, was not injured in the accident.

HCC among schools to share $400,000 grant

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded a $400,000 Learn and Serve Higher Education grant for the next three years to Harford Community College, the College of Southern Maryland, Carroll Community College, Howard Community College and Montgomery College to establish a Service Learning Institute.

The grant seeks to increase the number of community college students participating in service learning, a form of experiential learning in which students apply academic knowledge to meet community needs.

The grant will enable 10 faculty members to add service-learning projects to classes offered at HCC.

New Hope Baptist Church serves nearly 1,000 dinners

New Hope Baptist Church served nearly 1,000 people at its first Thanksgiving Day dinner celebration Thursday at 116 Alice Ann St., Bel Air.

Volunteers came from neighboring churches and from as far away as Pennsylvania.

12 Special Olympians receive bowling medals

Twelve Harford County Special Olympians received medals in a recent Special Olympics Bowling Invitational in Cecil County.

Gold medalists were Billy Church of Havre de Grace, Kai Mosby of Joppatowne, Vickie Lilley of Bel Air, Debbie Adam of Fallston, Maria Jarvis of Aberdeen and Linda Casey of Bel Air.

Silver medals were presented to Karen Goodpasture of Aberdeen, Craig Thompson of Bel Air, Joe Puskarich of Aberdeen and Donna Taylor of Bel Air.

Melvin Schultz of Aberdeen and Jimmy Kramer of Bel Air won bronze medals.

Information: Mike Watkins, 410-638-4899.

Harford Memorial names Bonner as lab director

Ed Bonner has been named director of laboratory services at Harford Memorial Hospital, Upper Chesapeake Health announced last week.

Bonner has been involved in managing hospital laboratories for more than 15 years. For the past eight years he worked as laboratory director for the Baylor Healthcare System at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Bonner received his B.S. degree in medical technology from New Mexico State University and has served for more than 20 years as a registered medical technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Upper Chesapeake Health announces two promotions

Upper Chesapeake Health announced two executive promotions last week. Kenneth D. Kozel was named assistant vice president of ambulatory services and business development and Martha Ann Knutson was named general counsel and legal compliance officer.

Kozel most recently had been director of ambulatory services at Upper Chesapeake Health and director of laboratory services at Harford Memorial Hospital. He received his bachelor of science degree in medical technology from the University of Baltimore and a master's degree in business administration from the Johns Hopkins University.

Knutson has been with Upper Chesapeake Health since 1997 as legal compliance officer. She received her law degree from American University and was an associate attorney at Gilbert & Kurent in Washington before joining Upper Chesapeake.

National society honors case manager LoBianco

Maria LoBianco of Upper Chesapeake Health was named Case Manager of the Year at the recent annual Case Management Society of America conference.

LoBianco has been at Upper Chesapeake Health for 4 1/2 years. She is admissions coordinator with the Clinical Resource Management Department at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

Ripken Foundation to donate Quickball sets

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has announced that it will donate Quickball sets to three Boys & Girls Clubs in Harford County.

Members of the foundation staff will be at the Havre de Grace Boys & Girls Club from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to present Quickball to the club and demonstrate the game. On Friday, the foundation will visit Edgewood Boys & Girls Club from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Bel Air Boys & Girls Club from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to make donations.

Quickball is a multidimensional baseball program.

Fallston marching band takes 4th in state meet

Fallston High School's marching band placed fourth at the recent marching band championship in Towson.

The band is directed by Craig Harvey.

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