Public hearing set on I-95 project

HARFORD DIGEST

December 09, 2007

State transportation officials have scheduled a public hearing Thursday on plans for improving 16 miles of Interstate 95, mostly in Harford County.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. at William Paca Elementary, 2706 Philadelphia Road, Abingdon.

Visitors can review displays and question state officials from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Officials will give an overview of the project and take public testimony, which will be recorded, until 8:30 p.m. Residents may also submit written comments for the public record until Jan. 21.

More details on the project are available at www.mdtranspor tationauthority.com. Click on "capital projects" and then "I-95 Section 200."

Aberdeen police initiatives honored

Two Aberdeen Police Department initiatives will receive a Governor's Crime Prevention Award for Outstanding Proactive Crime Prevention Programs in Maryland on Tuesday.

The department's Camera Surveillance Project and Rapid Response Team Safe Street Initiative will be recognized at the 28th annual Governor's Crime Prevention Awards Banquet at noon at La Fountaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

The awards, sponsored by the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute, honor the state's best crime prevention programs in six categories.

Aberdeen's Camera Surveillance is a pro-active approach to deterring crime in specific areas of the city, said Aberdeen Police public information officer Sgt. Fred Budnick. Two cameras are being used, from which several arrests for crimes have been made. Officers at the police station can view the cameras for suspicious activity in troubled areas, he said.

The Rapid Response Safe Street Initiative is a team that was established to respond to certain specific complaints, especially in the Washington Street area where drug activity was prevalent, Budnick said. From May 2006 to January 2007, the team made 130 arrests and confiscated quantities of drugs and several vehicles.

Funding approved for recreation site

The State Board of Public Works recently approved second-year funding for a Program Open Space request from Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation to acquire the Forest Hill Indoor Recreation Facility, in the 2200 block of Commerce Drive.

The facility, renamed the Forest Hill/Hickory Activity Center, is a 28,640-square-foot structure that includes a swimming pool, indoor soccer area, multipurpose room and offices.

The board previously approved $1,715,000 for the purchase of the property. The second and final phase of funding was $660,000.

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