City/County Digest


August 10, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City Council adds $34 million school bond to Nov. ballot

The City Council unanimously amended an ordinance last night that will place a $34 million bond issue on November's ballot to help the public school system pay for building improvements.

The amendments require the Baltimore City Public School System to spend the money as promised or seek city approval to transfer the funds for other uses. The council is scheduled to take a final vote on the bond issue ordinance at the Sept. 13 meeting.

FOR THE RECORD - An item in Tuesday's City/County Digest incorrectly stated that the Baltimore City Council will take a final vote at its next meeting on a $34 million bond issue for school construction. In fact, the ordinance was passed Monday. The Sun regrets the error.

Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., chairman of the council's taxation committee, said the amendments were necessary because the school system never spent portions of a $32 million bond issue in 2002 on promised projects. Mitchell said money meant for Leith Walk Elementary School, Dunbar High School and Carver High School was used for other projects.

Resolution introduced for hearing on false arrests

The City Council introduced a resolution last night to hold a hearing on false arrests, an issue that several of the elected officials said is becoming an increasing concern.

Councilman Kwame Osayaba Abayomi, the resolution's sponsor, said many people are falsely arrested and do not know how to get their record cleared from federal databases.

Council President Sheila Dixon said her office has been receiving calls about false arrests, in part because the Police Department's aggressive new tactics have boosted arrests and have led to a record number of citations.

Councilwoman Stephanie C. Rawlings Blake said she is working with police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark on holding a public forum on an issue that gained attention last week when the husband of city recreation and parks Director Kimberley A. Flowers was arrested for having his feet on a park bench. The charges were dropped.

Three nominated to fill BCCC board vacancies

Baltimore's General Assembly delegation nominated three people yesterday to fill vacancies on the Baltimore City Community College board of trustees.

The lawmakers nominated Garland Williamson, president of the Presidents' Roundtable, a group of minority business leaders; Kirsten Sandberg, a senior financial planner with the American International Group; and Mary Elizabeth Owens, graduate dean at Coppin State University.

The nominations now go to the governor, who makes the appointments.

Man indicted on charge of murder in stabbing

A Baltimore man was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder yesterday in the stabbing of another man last month in South Baltimore.

Charles Norfolk, 42, of the 1700 block of Covington St. was charged in the killing July 13 of Vincent Fitzgibbons, 47, in the 500 block of Gittings St.

An arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 26.

In Baltimore County

Crews to begin work on aging water lines

TOWSON - Crews are to begin three projects this month to remove corrosion that has built up over decades in the county's network of cast-iron water pipelines, public works officials said.

In the Kenwood-Rosedale area, the $3 million project is expected to take more than a year and a half as crews begin work on lines serving about 3,500 households west of the Beltway, between Interstate 95 and Pulaski Highway. An Arbutus project will cost about $1.4 million as crews spend 10 months cleaning lines that serve about 2,500 households between Sulphur Spring Road and Interstate 95, southeast of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

In the Wiltondale-Donnybrook area of Towson, the more than $2 million project is expected to take about a year and a half as workers reline the pipes serving about 3,500 households east of York Road, between Burke Avenue and Stevenson Lane. Over the past decade, the county has cleaned and relined with mortar more than 340 miles of aging pipeline, according to the public works department.

Belair Road construction to result in lane closures

OVERLEA - Drivers can expect single-lane closures on Belair Road from the city line to Overton Avenue as that section of road is resurfaced, the State Highway Administration has announced.

Single-lane closures will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, according to SHA.

The project is scheduled to be completed late next month, weather permitting.

Isabel victims group to meet today in Edgemere

EDGEMERE - The Isabel Victims Citizens Group will meet at 6 p.m. today to discuss the review of federal flood insurance claims.

The meeting will take place at the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department, 7500 North Point Road. All victims of Tropical Storm Isabel are invited to attend.

Information: 410-522-0729.

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