City/county Digest


January 29, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Panel to discuss revision to city's ethics law today

The City Council's judiciary and legislative committee is scheduled to discuss a proposed revision to Baltimore's ethics law at 3 p.m. today at City Hall.

The bill, introduced in July, would revise rules governing conflicts of interest, financial disclosure and lobbying. The bill calls for applying the law to 1,500 city employees, an increase of nearly 500 from the current law.

FOR THE RECORD - An item in yesterday's City/County Digest gave an incorrect time for the baseball clinic at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Feb. 7. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

One of the proposed revisions would broaden the range of family relatives who would be covered by certain prohibitions. Currently, the law prohibits public officials from participating in financial matters relating to their "parent, spouse, brother, sister or minor child." The proposed revision would include adult children.

The Board of Ethics ruled in October that three council members violated ethics law by employing siblings as assistants. Other council members employed adult children. At the time, many council members expressed confusion about the law.

Board of Estimates OKs contract for biotech park

The city's Board of Estimates approved a $375,000 contract yesterday with an engineering consulting firm that will help develop the biotech park planned for East Baltimore.

The company, Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLP, will conduct a one-year study of road improvements needed to accommodate the $800 million east-side redevelopment.

RKK will split the traffic engineering work with a firm owned by a woman, Constellation Design Group, and two minority companies, EBA Engineering Inc. and Daniel Consultants.

Teen to appear in court in wounding of boy, 10

A Baltimore teen-ager charged in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy is scheduled for a first court appearance today.

Earl L. Rich, 17, of the 1600 block of E. Belvedere Ave. is scheduled to appear before Judge Roger W. Brown on attempted murder, assault and handgun charges. Rich, charged as an adult, is accused of shooting Quincy Lewis on Aug. 11 as the victim and others played football in the 1800 block of Ramblewood Road. Shots were fired from a car and the boys dived to the ground, but a bullet struck Quincy in the back. He was not the intended target of the shooting, police said.

Rich is being held without bail in the Baltimore City Detention Center.

In Baltimore County

Education panel to discuss high school crowding

PERRY HALL - The Northeast Educational Advisory Council will discuss school crowding when it meets Wednesday at Seven Oaks Elementary School, 9220 Seven Courts Drive.

The group will focus on the report recently compiled by DeJong & Associates, which studied Baltimore County high school enrollment. The report found that high schools in the northeastern and central part of the county will be 850 seats short by the 2007-2008 school year. It also concluded that a new high school is needed to ease crowding in Perry Hall, Towson and other growing communities.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

County plans baseball clinic for youths, coaches Feb. 7

CATONSVILLE - The 46th annual Baltimore County Baseball Clinic, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Baltimore Orioles, will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Feb. 7 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's RAC Arena.

The clinic will feature Orioles scout Dean Albany; clinic director Jim Gilbert; several former Orioles players; high school and college coaches; and a current member of the Orioles.

Clinics will be offered for ages 6 to 11; for pitchers and catchers ages 10 to 14; and for adult coaches. Tickets are $5. Each youth participant will receive a free ticket to the 2004 Orioles FanFest, which will be held Feb. 7 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Information and tickets: 410-887-1071.

American Legion in Towson to hold comedy night

TOWSON - Towson Squadron 22, Sons of the American Legion, will hold a comedy night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, with proceeds going to the legion's children and youth programs.

Tickets are $20 and include the comedy show and dinner. The legion hall is at 125 York Road.

Information and tickets: 410-560-5845.

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