City / County Digest


April 04, 2007

Harford is set to announce tract purchase for sheriff's site

Harford County officials are expected to announce today the $3.2 million purchase of a 7-acre parcel in Edgewood that will become the site of the southern precinct of the sheriff's office.

The former truck stop, which many residents know as Bonnie Brae, is on U.S. 40 near Route 152 and within a few miles of Interstate 95. The state is using the property as the staging area for its highway beautification project.

"This has been a long time coming with the sheriff operating in a small building that would hardly do," said Harford Councilman Dion Guthrie, who represents Edgewood and Joppatowne, unincorporated areas with a population of about 40,000. "This building will mean the department has a lock-up and processing area right here."

The county will complete a master plan for the property before deciding on the size and design for the building, officials said.

County Executive David R. Craig's proposed capital budget describes the new southern precinct tract as being part of a $13.8 million "southern resource annex" that might also include county offices. The county Health Department recently announced plans to vacate its Bel Air offices and lease space in Edgewood.

The county has required the sellers, Harold and Rebecca Beavers, to place in escrow $200,000, the estimated cost of an environmental study and any minor cleanup from trucks.

The contract of sale, which the county Board of Estimates approved March 22, is signed by both parties, but has not gone to settlement.

Mary Gail Hare


: Transportation

Seminar is expected to jam traffic

Baltimore transportation officials are warning motorists of major congestion expected for this morning because of a "Get Motivated" seminar planned at First Mariner Arena.

About 15,000 people are expected downtown, and similar seminars in the past have caused major delays to Interstate 95, Interstate 395 and Russell Street.

Transportation officials recommend that commuters look for alternate routes into downtown this morning, and they suggest that people planning to attend the event use light rail, metro and local transit.

Free parking for the seminar is available at stadium lots, with free shuttle service, according to transportation officials.

Public hearing

Budget meeting set for tonight

Baltimore will hold its annual "Taxpayers' Night" public hearing on the city's proposed $2.65 billion budget at 6 p.m. today at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.

The meeting draws residents to speak on the city's proposed spending plan.

The budget calls for a 2-cent reduction in the property tax rate, from $2.288 to $2.268 per $100 of assessed value.

Most residents and business owners will still pay more in property taxes because the assessed value of property has increased faster than the rate has declined.

John Fritze


`Neighborhood moms' nominations sought

The office of Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is sponsoring a contest to find the "Top Neighborhood Moms." In advance of Mother's Day, residents are asked to nominate top neighborhood moms who "help keep Baltimore's neighborhoods strong, clean and safe." Nominees do not have to be mothers, according to the president's office, "but rather someone who has given motherly love through her work for her community." Winners will be recognized at a May 16 luncheon at the National Aquarium. Nomination forms are available at

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