City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

September 02, 2006

City to hold meeting on Stony Run

Baltimore officials will hold a public meeting Thursday to answer questions about a $10 million project to reconstruct a wooded stream in Roland Park by bulldozing its banks.

The city's Department of Public Works will explain the Stony Run reconstruction at 7 p.m at the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Ave.

The project's designers say that rebuilding the stream, by adding small dams and logs and flattening steep banks, will reduce erosion and sediment flowing into Baltimore's harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.

But some scientists and neighbors have questioned the project, saying cutting down at least 150 trees and bulldozing banks could worsen erosion and destroy Stony Run Park's shady canopy.

The "informational presentation" is being coordinated by City Council Vice President Stephanie C. Rawlings Blake, who received "an overwhelming" number of "letters, e-mails and general concerns" about the project, according to a news release.

Tom Pelton

Anne Arundel: Mill Creek

Bacteria levels lead to warning

Anne Arundel County is advising residents to avoid direct contact with water in the headwaters of Mill Creek because of high bacteria levels. The advisory covers swimming, water skiing and other activities from the creek's headwaters to Haskell Drive; it remains in effect until further notice. Sampling at other locations in Mill Creek found acceptable bacteria levels. Those who come in contact with affected water should wash with soap and warm water immediately, as well as wash clothing, officials said. For more information, call 410-222-7999 or visit the water quality page at www.aahealth.org

Annapolis

$200,000 in grants to aid Clay Street

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced $200,000 in grants yesterday to the city of Annapolis to improve housing and reduce crime in the Clay Street community, state officials said. The city will receive a $175,000 Community Legacy Grant to acquire and rehabilitate properties in the neighborhood and to improve Town Pines Court, a 22-unit townhouse development. Another $25,000 grant will allow for the continuation of foot patrols there, and the city Police Department received a $24,500 CSAFE grant to improve public safety in high-crime areas. Ehrlich also announced a $150,000 grant to provide low-interest loans to rehabilitate low- and moderate-income housing in Brooklyn Park, according to a news release from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

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