Deer hunting, car towing and budget at County Council work session

April 27, 2011

The proposal by 3rd District County Council member Todd Huff to allow controlled deer hunting in some county parks is expected to be discussed at Tuesday’s County Council work session in Towson.

Huff, a Republican who represents the northern part of the county, introduced the bill April 4, and at the time said deer are spreading Lyme disease, destroying vegetation and causing major car accidents.

Republican and 5th District Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson and Perry Hall, is co-sponsoring the bill.

Also, 1st District Council member Tom Quirk, who represents Catonsville and Arbutus, said Monday that he intends to discuss a measure at the next work session (May 17) — that would expand Baltimore County Police¿s authority to tow vehicles that are blocking driveways.

Under current law, police are not allowed to tow vehicles for that issue, and often have to wait and try to locate the driver, said Quirk, a Democrat.

“The new law would just refine the existing towing rules,” he said.

After the regularly scheduled work session at 2 p.m. (on April 26) , a budget overview presentation at 3 p.m. will also be held, at Historic Court House, 400 Washington Ave., Towson.

Then, at 7 p.m., a public hearing on the budget will be held in the council chambers, in the Historic Courthouse.

For those who wish to mark their calendars, don¿t forget that after Tuesday¿s budget overview, the council will host a series of departmental budget reviews. The full schedule is below:

FY 2012 BUDGET SCHEDULE

APRIL 26 TUESDAY
2:00 pm ¿ WORK SESSION
3:00 pm ¿  BUDGET OVERVIEW
7:00 pm ¿ BUDGET HEARING (COUNCIL CHAMBERS)

MAY 2 MONDAY
2:00 pm ¿  SHERIFF
2:30 pm ¿  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
3:00 pm ¿  PERMITS, APPROVALS, & INSPECTIONS
7:00 pm ¿  LEGISLATIVE SESSION

MAY 5 THURSDAY
2:00 pm ¿  FIRE
2:30 pm ¿  CORRECTIONS
3:00 pm ¿  ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION and SUSTAINABILTY

MAY 10 TUESDAY
2:00 pm ¿  PLANNING
2:30 pm ¿  LIBRARY
3:00 pm ¿  RECREATION & PARKS
3:30 pm ¿  PUBLIC WORKS
4:00 pm ¿  CAPITAL BUDGET/DEBT SERVICE

MAY 12 THURSDAY
2:00 pm ¿ POLICE
2:30 pm ¿  COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3:00 pm ¿  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3:30 pm ¿  ORGANIZATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
4:00 pm ¿  RETIREMENT
4:30 pm ¿  INSURANCE

MAY 17 TUESDAY
2:00 pm ¿ WORK SESSION
3:00 pm ¿ EDUCATION
4:00 pm ¿ BUDGET DELIBERATIONS

MAY 23 MONDAY
SEND BUDGET MESSAGE TO PRINTER

The County Council is then expected to vote on the budget adoption at a Thursday, May 26, meeting, at 10 a.m.

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