City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 13, 2006

Baltimore: School board

Public relations contract renewed

The Baltimore school board this week renewed a contract with a $200-an-hour consultant to advise the board on communications and public relations. The board approved a $48,000 contract with the Cryor Group, which will work for the school system for 40 hours a month through September. The board renewed a six-month contract, also for $48,000, that expired in March. The Cryor Group is led by Michael Cryor, who was hired by the city in 2003 to overhaul Mayor Martin O'Malley's communications office.

Sara Neufeld

Master plan

Public-comment period extended

Baltimore's Planning Commission has extended the period for public comment on the draft of the city's first comprehensive master plan in more than 30 years. The plan can be seen at public libraries, senior centers, the Department of Planning and www. liveearnplaylearn.com. Public comments can now be made through Monday.

Loch Raven Dam

Rehab project wins pair of awards

Baltimore's Loch Raven Dam rehabilitation project has won two awards, according to the city's Department of Public Works. The three-year, $30 million project - which included strengthening and resurfacing the dam - has been chosen for the Associated General Contractors of America 2006 AOL Build American Award for municipal and utilities renovation. The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. awarded the dam project a first-place Eagle Award in its 2005 National Excellence in Construction competition.

Free show

Flower display in Druid Hill Park

The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks spring flower display is open at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swann Drive. The free show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays until April 23.

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