Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

March 05, 2006

Craig reappoints economic director

County Executive David R. Craig has reappointed Denise Carnaggio acting director of the county Office of Economic Development.

Craig appointed Carnaggio acting director Jan. 14 after Tom Sadowski resigned.

The council is expected to act on the appointment extension at Tuesday's meeting.

Information: 410-638-3343.

Hearing to be held on towing rate limits

The Harford County Inspections, Licenses and Permits Department will hold a public hearing Wednesday to hear comments on the Harford County Towing Board's revised maximum towing rates.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in the Harford County council chambers, first floor, 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air.

Anyone wishing to comment but unable to attend the public hearing should send written comments by March 15 to the Harford County Towing Board, Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014. Print "towing rates" in the lower left corner of the envelope.

E-mail comments may be sent to wjharkins@harfordcountymd.gov.

Information: 410-638-3092.

Council nears vote on panel nominee

Members of the Harford County Council are expected to act Tuesday upon the nomination of Wanda S. Hutchinson of Edgewood to be a new member of the Harford County Human Relations Commission.

County Executive David R. Craig recently sent her nomination to the council. If confirmed, Hutchinson will serve until Dec. 4.

Information: 410-638-3343.

Gardening program to be held March 25

Harford County Master Gardeners will offer a spring gardening program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 at Maryland Cooperative Extension, 2335 Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill.

Master gardeners will answer questions and make presentations on waking up a garden for spring, how to buy plants, how to compost to help the Chesapeake Bay.

Attendance is limited to 30. The deadline for registration is March 20.

Information: 410-638-3255.

Harford to take part in mobility program

A five-member team from Harford County will join 20 other teams from around the nation at Easter Seals Project Action's fifth annual Mobility Planning Services Institute April 22-25 in Washington.

The institute brings together local teams of leaders from the disability community and the transportation industry to share information and strategies to improve access to transportation services.

The Harford County team consists of Angie Kading, chief dispatcher for Harford Transit; Cheryl Gable, Harford Community Services mobility trainer and coordinator; Joan Loftus, a member of the Harford County Commission on Disabilities member; Gail Fricke, Arc Northern Chesapeake Region vocational services director; and Pat Parker, Alliance Inc. job developer.

"We put together a team to represent our committee, which has been working since 2003 to develop and implement a strategic plan for transportation services for persons with disabilities," said Arc Executive Director Tim Quinn, who is chairman of the Harford County Transportation Steering Committee.

Information: 410-836-7177.

Agency improving stream water quality

The county Public Works Department's water resources section has been working to improve stream water quality since the county received its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 1993.

Stream monitoring provides a baseline for data on water quality.

The water resources agency is responsible for administering the county's surface water quality program as directed under the national program. The largest portion of the program focuses on monitoring and capital improvements projects.

Capital improvement projects include the design and construction of stream restorations, new storm water management facilities, and the upgrade or retrofit of existing storm water management facilities.

The county has completed four stream restoration projects, four new storm water management facilities and has retrofitted a storm water management facility, environmental egineer Christine Buckley said.

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