Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

May 05, 2006

Bus depot plan delays new Perry Hall library

Development of the new Perry Hall library will be delayed while Baltimore County officials find an alternate site for a planned county school bus depot behind the library building, county officials said yesterday.

County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall-Towson Democrat, said he and County Executive James T. Smith Jr. agreed yesterday to look for another site after neighbors of the property raised concerns about aesthetics and traffic.

"We want to see if we can find another site that would be more suitable for everybody," Gardina said.

The library's development review process for the site, off Honeygo Boulevard between Cross and Forge roads, was set to get under way in late summer, Gardina said. Now it will not begin until December, he said. The delay could push the library's opening to the end of 2008, he said.

"We're doing what the community asked and slowing down the process to work with the school system to see if there are other sites available that would also accommodate the school board's transportation needs," said county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler.

A county schools spokesman said yesterday that officials were not aware of any change.

County officials and the school board agreed this year to swap land between Honeygo Boulevard and Forge and Cross roads with adjacent property owned by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, county officials have said. The school system intends to use a portion of the county's property for a bus parking lot and two-bay garage.

School officials want a lot for buses that serve northeastern county schools. Currently they waste time and fuel driving buses to and from a lot on Kenwood Avenue.

"I think the intentions were good to locate the bus lot centrally. ... I just didn't think they expected the community opposition," Gardina said.

Deborah Kraft, who lives near the site of the planned library, said she was happy and surprised about the news.

"The library's a wonderful idea. I just thought it was underhanded dealing. ... I thought they tried to slip one by us," she said.

Liz F. Kay

Owings Mills

Head of bird conservancy to speak

George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, will speak at the annual meeting of the Valleys Planning Council on Tuesday.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be held at St. Thomas Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane in Owings Mills. The Valleys Planning Council is a land preservation group based in Baltimore County.

Valleys Planning Council information: 410-337-6877.

Lutherville

Fire museum begins 35th season

The Fire Museum of Maryland at 1301 York Road in Lutherville has opened for its 35th season.

The museum depicts the history of firefighting with its displays of dozens of fire engines, children's playroom, audio guide tour of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, exhibits and games. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays this month through December. It is also open Tuesdays through Saturdays from June through August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for firefighters and senior citizens, and $4 for those ages 2 to 12. Information: 410-321-7500 or firemuseummd.org.

Towson

University to honor Grasmick, others

Towson University will honor State Schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and seven other alumni at a banquet at 6 p.m. today in the University Union's Chesapeake Room.

Grasmick, who was appointed in 1991 as Maryland's first female state schools superintendent, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. She graduated in 1961.

The other alumni will receive Dean's Recognition Awards for their professional accomplishments.

Information: 410-704-2234 or alumni@towson.edu.

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