Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

January 10, 2007

Department heads interview to keep jobs

The Baltimore County Council conducted closed-door interviews with several county department heads yesterday, and one councilman emerged from the meetings saying he expected all to win the council's blessing to serve another term.

Those interviewed included the heads of the departments of fire, environmental protection, planning, health and community conservation, said Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat who led the work session in Towson. All department heads have been recommended to serve another four-year term by County Executive James T. Smith Jr., a second-term Democrat.

The council is scheduled to vote on the confirmations Tuesday.

"All these individuals have already served for a number of years [and] they certainly are qualified," Kamenetz said. "I anticipate that the council is going to support all of them for those reasons."

Also yesterday, the council discussed the government's plan to spend an additional $445,000 on the construction of a skating rink and athletic field at Reisterstown Regional Park. The money is needed for higher-than-expected construction costs and would come from surplus money from the Franklin precinct police station project, according to the county Office of Budget and Finance. The additional funds would bring county spending on the project to $2.95 million, with the county Revenue Authority spending a nearly equal amount on the project, according to the budget office.

Josh Mitchell

Government

E-mail addresses will change

Beginning Monday, all county employee and office e-mail addresses will be changed to be consistent with the county Web site address, baltimorecountymd.gov.

E-mail addresses will change from emailac count@co.ba.md.us, to emailaccount@baltimorecoun tymd.gov. To accommodate this transition, the county will support both e-mail addresses for about 12 months. E-mails sent to either address will be delivered.

Anyone with questions about the change may send e-mail to emailchange@co.ba.md.us before Monday and emailchange@baltimorecountymd.gov after Monday.

Pikesville

Redevelopment incentives offered

A new fund administered by the Baltimore County Office of Economic Development provides up to $1 million in grants, loans and other financial incentives for commercial redevelopment projects in downtown Pikesville.

The program is designed to encourage developers and property owners to revitalize vacant or underused industrial or commercial properties on Reisterstown Road between the Beltway and the Baltimore City line.

Applicants must submit to the county a concept plan showing how the property will be used, proposed improvements and the projected economic impact of the project, and must show that the property is vacant, unproductive or underused.

The County Council voted unanimously in November to approve the plan.

Information: 410-887-3990.

Community College

3 campuses plan registration

Registration for spring classes at the three campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County will be held Jan. 18 and Jan. 19.

The event, at the Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex campuses, is designed to allow students to talk to counselors, explore financial aid opportunities and register for spring classes.

Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, in the records and registration office on each of the campuses. Registration is also scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, the last day to register for spring classes, which begin Jan. 29.

A complete listing of courses available for the spring semester can be found at www.ccbcmd.edu/schedule. For more information, contact the registration department at the campuses: Catonsville, 410-455-4555; Dundalk, 410-285-9668; or Essex, 410-780-6363.

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