Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 30, 2006

New location is found for Brooklandville post office

The U.S. Postal Service has a new location for the Brooklandville post office, officials said yesterday.

When its lease expires at Green Spring Station at the end of June, the post office will move to 10807 Falls Road, said Deborah Yackley, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service.

The Postal Service has signed a five-year lease for the new site, less than a mile from the current 200,000-square-foot post office, Yackley said.

Renovations are under way, in hopes that the 300,000-square-foot space will be ready by the time the Brooklandville's post office lease expires, she said.

The Postal Service had announced it would close its Brooklandville office, which upset some longtime postal customers and residents who said it helped provide an identity for the area between Ruxton, Pikesville and Lutherville.

Complaints about the possible closure prompted Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes and Reps. Benjamin L. Cardin and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger to urge postal officials to find a new location for the post office.

Laura Barnhardt

Countywide

School spending resolution proposed

A Baltimore County lawmaker has proposed a resolution to urge the school system to include in its annual budget all expenditures of money taken in by individual schools.

County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat, said the resolution was prompted by a recent report in The Sun that some schools in the Baltimore area have spent "school activity funds" on political campaigns. Schools collect commissions on vending machine sales, for instance. Gardina said state law requires that all school system expenditures be made part of the system's budget.

Brice Freeman, a county schools spokesman, said principals at each school manage funds collected through school activities and held in school bank accounts. Principals are required to use "sound business practices, including adherence to accepted accounting practices," according to the policy.

The County Council is to vote on the resolution at Monday night's meeting.

Josh Mitchell and Liz F. Kay

Dundalk

Father, son plead guilty to abuse

Two Dundalk men -- a father and son -- pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually abusing three girls between 1973 and 1997, a county prosecutor said.

Odell Edward "Dale" Phipps, 67, and his son, Odell Edward "Eddie" Phipps, 45, each pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, prosecutor Stephanie Porter said. Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II sentenced both men to five years of supervised probation and ordered them to provide a DNA sample and register with the state as sex offenders, the prosecutor said.

As part of a plea deal reached with county prosecutors, the men agreed to have no unsupervised contact with children.

Dale Phipps admitted abusing two girls; Eddie Phipps admitted abusing those two children in addition to another girl, Porter said. The victims -- all adults now -- were abused between the ages of 8 and their mid-teens.

Jennifer McMenamin

Cockeysville

Capacity, enrollment on PTA agenda

The PTA Council of Baltimore County will hear a presentation about school capacity and enrollment during its general meeting tonight.

Staff from the county school system's office of strategic planning will discuss how they develop short- and long-term enrollment projections. The school system uses this data to determine how to allocate staff and other resources.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Drive. It is open to the public and will begin with a brief business meeting.

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