Baltimore County Digest

November 14, 2007

Councilman to review public hearing practice

A Baltimore County Council member said yesterday he planned to look at the practices of legislative bodies in other counties and consider whether public hearings should be required for bills that have been amended at the last minute.

Council Chairman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley said he understands concerns, described in an article in yesterday's editions of The Sun, about material changes being made to bills after the council's public review period has ended. Some of the changes have involved the amount of a penalty for a violation, zoning rules and areas of the county covered under a bill.

Moxley said he would look at the practices of jurisdictions such as Howard County, which requires public hearings on amended bills.

"It's part of our responsibility to emphasize to people that we do have amendments," said Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat. "Sometimes we do have amendments and nobody realizes they're in the books."

Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat, has said he is increasingly concerned about the practice of making last-minute changes to bills. While he said he would not support requiring public hearings on amendments, he called for a policy of council members' tabling bills with material changes until the public has had an opportunity to review them.

Josh Mitchell

Golden Ring

Worker injured in 20-foot fall

A construction worker was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday with serious injuries after he fell 20 feet into a concrete pit, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman said.

The man was working on construction of a sewage pumping station in the 800 block of Race Road in the Golden Ring area about 11:45 a.m. when he fell, Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

The pit did not contain hazardous gases and the man remained conscious as rescuers lifted him from the hole, Armacost said.

The man, who is employed by American Infrastructure, a subcontractor working on the pumping station, was airlifted about a half-hour after he fell, Armacost said.

The man was not identified.

Julie Scharper

Overlea

Police identify woman killed by bus

Police have identified the woman who was hit and killed by a Maryland Transit Administration bus Saturday as she crossed Belair Road in Baltimore County.

The victim was identified as Doris Margaret Royer, 59, of the first block of W. Elm Ave. in the Overlea area. The woman was struck about 6:20 a.m. near Belair Road's intersection with Fullerton Avenue.

A preliminary police investigation found that the cause of the accident was pedestrian error, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman. The bus driver is not expected to be charged, he said.

Edgemere

Meeting tonight on housing plan

A community input meeting on a plan to build 12 single-family homes along Headland Boulevard near Blevins Avenue in Edgemere is scheduled for tonight.

The development, called Headland Estates, is proposed by Baltimore-based Carpentry Unlimited Homes LLC.

The public hearing on the project will be held at 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School, 2112 Lodge Farm Road in Edgemere.

Information: 410-887-3321.

Recycling

Smith unveils outreach effort

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. unveiled the county's new recycling outreach campaign yesterday during a ceremony at St. Paul's School for Girls, which recently earned Maryland Green School certification.

The campaign, being introduced through radio, cable television, billboard and movie theater advertising, encourages residents to handle their trash and recyclables in a responsible way and stresses that individuals can make a difference by recycling.

The campaign includes the slogan and logo, "Your `Waste,' Your Responsibility," placing waste in quotation marks to indicate that recyclables such as paper, bottles, cans and yard materials are resources, not garbage.

Smith presented a citation to the St. Paul's School for Girls.

Information: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/yourwaste or 410-887-2000.

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