Howard bill would limit 2-family homes
The Howard County Council voted, 4-1, last night to approve a bill that would limit two-family dwellings as a conditional use in some residential zones. The bill was sponsored by Councilwoman Courtney Watson, an Ellicott City Democrat. It would limit construction of buildings that appear to be one large house, but contain two dwellings on one lot. The bill would require each lot to be at least 16,000 square feet, a 50 percent rise in lot size over current rules.
Delegation secures $4 million BRAC grant
The Maryland congressional delegation has secured a $4 million federal grant to help prepare the state work force for the coming military base realignment, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced yesterday.
The money, which comes as a Workforce Investment Act National Emergency Grant, will go to the Susquehanna Workforce Network, which will help workers, businesses and communities plan for the expansion at installations in Maryland.
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Car hits median, flips; driver is killed
A man died in an automobile accident yesterday morning on Interstate 83 in Baltimore County, authorities said. A 1996 Lincoln Town Car was traveling at high speed in the northbound lanes between Northern Parkway and Ruxton Road when it struck the median embankment and overturned shortly after 6 a.m., slid back across all three lanes and struck a guardrail, Maryland State Police said. The driver, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials, residents discuss crime fight
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County officials and a handful of residents convened last night in Annapolis to kick off what they say will be a stepped-up effort to combat crime in the state capital, yet questions remain as to how their wide-ranging recommendations can be enacted. During the three-hour discussion, residents stressed the need for more community-style policing and more officers in Annapolis.
"Why can't they have more police on the streets? That's not a big deal. It's doable," said Barbara Klotz.
Bryan Miller said, "It comes back to enforcement. Right now, people feel defenseless."