City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 07, 2006

Council weighs plan to borrow $120 million for capital projects

Baltimore's City Council will consider a plan to borrow $120 million for a wide range of capital projects - from renovating city schools to modernizing libraries - under a series of ordinances introduced yesterday.

Known as the loan authorization program, the borrowing that would occur every two years would go to voters for a referendum this November.

The money would be used for projects taking place in 2008 and 2009, including recreation centers planned for Morrell Park and Clifton Park and replacement of the water supply system in at least one city building. The city school system would receive the most money, $36 million, for construction, renovation and window reglazing projects.

Another $10 million would be earmarked for the city's newly created affordable housing fund. The proposal could receive a hearing later this month.

John Fritze

Harford County: Education

Parents cautioned on redistricting

On the heels of two public hearings last week to discuss a revised version of a countywide school redistricting plan, a member of the Harford County school board cautioned parents last night that the process may have been "too far along" to be significantly altered. The Superintendent's Technical Advisory Committee presented the new plan with minor revisions last month, after receiving public comment and reviewing ideas from community groups and parents. Board member Patrick L. Hess said the latest meetings might have been for naught. "There are adjustments that can be made here and there," Hess said, "but we're just too far along in the process to change plans. We can't take a community not mentioned for the past five months and say, `Oh well, we decided not to move them, and we're going to move you.'"

Justin Fenton

Anne Arundel: Arnold

Woman killed in single-car accident

A 27-year-old Annapolis woman died early Sunday in Arnold after she lost control of her Mazda sedan and crashed, Annapolis police said. Stacey Kay Lummus of the 1500 block of Lodge Pole Court was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. She was driving south on Bay Dale Drive at 2 a.m. when, authorities said, she suddenly swerved. Lummus' car crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and jumped a sidewalk, police said. The car then rolled and struck a tree and a fence, police said.

Annie Linskey

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