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September 8, 1993
From time to time, Other Voices returns to that body of financial acumen and rhetorical excellence, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates. Following is an excerpt from the minutes of the board's June 30 meeting. This portion follows a lengthy discussion of the management of the Baltimore Arena.President Mary Pat Clarke: The Board of Estimates is pleased to acknowledge the presence here today of the YMCA Day Camp, and we welcome you. This is the Board of Estimates. We come here every week to spend your mommy's and daddy's money.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A Middle River man who accused a Baltimore police officer of assault and battery will receive nearly $50,000 in a settlement approved Wednesday by the city's spending panel. Charles Faulkner accused Officer Daniel Hersl of battering his face with a police radio and his fists during an arrest Sept. 1, 2010, in the 1900 block of Wolfe St., according to court records and a settlement memo. The Board of Estimates approved the settlement without discussion, although City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young voted to reject the agreement.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | October 9, 2003
The Baltimore Board of Estimates unanimously agreed yesterday to pay for a City Council member's trip to Rome to deliver a message from Mayor Martin O'Malley to Pope John Paul II. Councilwoman Agnes Welch will join 140 Roman Catholics accompanying Cardinal William H. Keeler on an eight-day pilgrimage to Rome this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul's papacy and the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who died in 1997....
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Constellation will be moved from its location in Baltimore's Inner Harbor for four months this winter to undergo more than $2 million in repairs - including $750,000 to fix rotting in its hull. The city Board of Estimates, which oversees spending in Baltimore, voted to approve the $750,000 expenditure for the ship, which has been docked in the harbor for almost 60 years. Money for the repairs comes from general obligation bonds approved by city voters in 2012. The ship will be dry-docked at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay from Oct. 20 to Feb. 20 for the repairs, said Christopher Rowsom, director of Historic Ships in Baltimore.
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By Ann LoLordo | June 25, 1991
For decades, Baltimore's Board of Estimates has discussed city business in a closed-door meeting that preceded its public session.Not any more, officials say.Yesterday, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke, the board's president, and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who controls the board's actions by virtue of his appointments to the panel, announced that beginning July 1 the so-called "mini-meetings" would be open to the public."
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By JOAN JACOBSON | December 26, 1993
Three months ago, City Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean said she was shocked to hear that a woman hired under a consulting contract had done no work for the city.Mrs. McLean said she had trusted information the mayor gave her when she and other Board of Estimates members approved the contract for fired Pratt Library chief Anna Curry to do consulting work for the mayor's office."I'm floored," said the comptroller when told Mrs. Curry was getting paid but doing no work.Now it comes to light that Mrs. McLean herself pushed a contract through the Board of Estimates in September 1992 to hire a public relations consultant who also apparently does no work for the city.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,Staff Writer | March 19, 1992
Last summer, an appeals court judge ruled that Irma D. Reed had been unfairly fired from her job as a city police officer. The judge ordered the city to rehire Ms. Reed and to compensate her with back pay.About four months ago, the city paid Ms. Reed $50,150 in lost wages stemming from the 1989 firing. But somebody failed to notify the city's Board of Estimates, the body that controls all money going out and coming in to city coffers. The board unanimously approved the payment yesterday -- apparently unaware that Ms. Reed had already been compensated.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter | January 11, 2007
The Baltimore Board of Estimates took a decisive step yesterday to begin redevelopment of the stalled superblock project on the city's west side, agreeing to sell 37 properties to Lexington Square Partners LLC, a New York developer. The move brings the city closer to a legal fight with the charitable organization that owns more than half the buildings. The five-member Board of Estimates, the city's spending panel, unanimously approved a $21.6 million sale of buildings that occupy 3.6 acres on West Fayette, Howard, Lexington and Liberty streets and Park Avenue.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2001
The city Board of Estimates has approved spending $4.7 million toward the planned redevelopment of the site of a former public housing complex in West Baltimore, providing the final piece of public funding needed for the project to break ground. The $60.4 million Heritage Crossing project, on the site of the George P. Murphy Homes, calls for building 185 houses for sale and 75 rental units for families who meet federal low-income standards. "Heritage Crossing is a great development that seeks to bring about new housing with mixed incomes in the inner city, which all of us want to do," Mayor Martin O'Malley said after the board's vote yesterday.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | December 8, 1994
Five high-ranking city police officials yesterday received raises averaging $8,340 a year -- a 12.4 percent increase over current salaries.The raises for the police colonels are designed to compensate them for duties they assumed when the positions of four deputy commissioners were abolished this year and to keep their salaries competitive with those in surrounding localities, city officials said.Edward E. Ambrose, director of the department's fiscal division, told the Board of Estimates that even with the raises, the department would save money on executive salaries this year because the four deputy commissioner positions were eliminated.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
City officials agreed Wednesday to pay $50,000 to the family of a City College student whose teacher struck her in the face with a chair, breaking the girl's nose. The payment settles a $150,000 suit filed by a Baltimore man named Harry Singleton in 2013 on behalf of his daughter, who was a ninth-grader at the school in April of 2010 when she suffered the injury. The teacher was struggling the get the class' attention as he was returning report cards, city officials said. He began to bang a chair on the floor to get the class to pay attention, but it rebounded and struck a female student in the nose, the city said.
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By Scott Calvert and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Baltimore plans to pay its speed camera vendor $600,000 to end a troubled relationship that has left the city's once-lucrative automated enforcement program offline since April, city officials said Monday. Termination of the contract with Brekford Corp. puts the future of the city's speed and red-light camera system in question. One city councilwoman says it's time to stop using technology to nab speeders and red-light runners. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said the city should stop using speed cameras and instead station more traffic officers at dangerous intersections and "speedways," whether by paying police overtime or by hiring more traffic enforcement officers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Baltimore's Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a Bavarian-style Christmas Village to be open daily at the Inner Harbor's West Shore Park from Thanksgiving through Christmas. It will feature some 60 vendors, traditional German food and even a visit from Christkind (a blond-haired angel who's the German version of Santa Claus). Most vendors - about 40 - will be housed in a giant tent to be pitched in the park, with 20 or so more set up at booths outside. The village's anchor will be Kathe Wohlfahrt, who specializes in handcrafted wooden holiday ornaments and collectibles.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
In return for the promise to bring another 650 jobs to Baltimore, city leaders are poised on Wednesday to give financial services giant Morgan Stanley more time to meet the terms of a $3.25 million loan forgiveness program. The Board of Estimates vote comes amid public outcry over the city's plan to grant millions of dollars in aid to the $1.8 billion Harbor Point development, but some critics of that plan say the Morgan Stanley deal provides a proven return on investment. "We made an agreement to them in good faith.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Angry city residents shouted "Shame," "Unbelievable" and "We're fed up" at Baltimore's spending panel Wednesday for not stopping a water bill rate increase of nearly 42 percent over the next three years. They said they were mad at city leaders for giving big businesses multimillion-dollar tax breaks while forcing individuals to pay more to live in Baltimore. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, postponed until next week a vote on whether to authorize the Department of Public Works to increase water bill rates by 15 percent in the fiscal year that starts Monday, followed by 11 percent rises in each of the next two fiscal years.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Customers of Baltimore's water system would see their water bills go up 15 percent - more than expected - under a proposal the Department of Public Works announced Monday. The projected rate hike follows years of increases and will bring a typical customer's annual bill to nearly $800, up from about $500 a decade ago, city officials said. Public works officials had previously said an increase of about 12 percent might be needed for the year that begins July 1. They said Monday the 15 percent increase is necessary to meet state and federal mandates, accelerate plans to replace aging water lines that frequently break and update meter and billing systems.
BUSINESS
By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | October 30, 2003
The city's Board of Estimates gave final approval yesterday to taxpayer-backed incentives that helped persuade a New York investment bank to open a major operations center in Fells Point, an economic development coup for Baltimore that could lead to the creation of more than 600 jobs. The five-member board, which sets the city's fiscal policy, voted unanimously for $1.75 million in loans to Morgan Stanley after Mayor Martin O'Malley defended the incentives from detractors who protested a package that also includes $5.5 million in state assistance.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday formally approved an overhaul of the city's speed cameras and the replacement of a police-towing company accused of overcharging customers. The panel voted 4-1 to approve a $2.2 million payment to Brekford Corp., the city's new speed camera vendor, for a purchase of 72 speed cameras. In January, the city's speed and red light camera system experienced a near-complete shutdown during what city officials called a problematic transition from previous contractor, Xerox State & Local Solutions.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Current operator SMG is the winning bidder for a new five-year contract to run 1st Mariner Arena and oversee its potential renaming, according to a memo from the city's top purchasing agent. SMG's proposal awaits approval by the Baltimore Board of Estimates but has cleared the rest of the city's bidding process. The board will vote on the contract Wednesday. The Pennsylvania-based management company, which has operated the arena since 1999, beat proposals from Los Angeles-based AEG and Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor.
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