City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

February 27, 2007

Baltimore: Schools

Delay closings vote, board is to be asked

Baltimore school officials will ask city Board of Education members to delay for 30 days the planned vote on the closings of Thurgood Marshall and Hamilton middle schools at tonight's board meeting.

School officials said yesterday at a meeting at the North Avenue headquarters that the proposed middle school closings will require more public hearings because of changes to their original proposal.

Thurgood Marshall was originally scheduled to close in the summer of 2009, but the new proposal calls for the school to be shut down a year earlier. Hamilton is scheduled to close in the summer of 2009.

Brent Jones

Harford County: Joppatowne

Manhole clogs, wastewater spills

A manhole clogged with accumulated grease overflowed late Sunday near a Joppatowne wastewater pumping station, causing about 16,000 gallons of diluted wastewater to spill into a storm drain channel, which leads into the Gunpowder River.

Harford County's public works crews, which were clearing snow from the Haverhill Road access to the station, discovered the spill in a remote area behind the facility and opened the line within a few minutes.

Crews cleaned the site, spread lime in the area and posted signs with details of the spill. The public should avoid the area for the next 30 days, officials said.

Mary Gail Hare

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