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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2002
Two Anne Arundel County public works employees were badly burned and four others were also hospitalized yesterday afternoon when something triggered an underground sewer explosion in the northern part of the county. The men were working inside the system, near the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. facilities in the wooded area between Solley Road and Fort Smallwood Road, when a flash fire ignited about 1:30 p.m., said Capt. Robert Rose, a spokesman for the county Fire Department. Public works spokeswoman Pam Jordon said power tools may have ignited a normal buildup of gases in an underground "vault" that provides access to pipes.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Lewis E. Porter, a retired civil engineer who during his more than four-decade career designed roads and highways for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, died May 18 from mesothelioma at his Wiltondale home. He was 75. The son of an accountant and an artist, Lewis Emil Porter was born in Baltimore and raised in Howard Park. After graduating from the Polytechnic Institute in 1955, he served in the Army. Mr. Porter earned a degree in civil engineering in 1964 from the Johns Hopkins University and worked as a surveyor for Sutcliff Surveying Co. In 1967, he began his career with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, where he designed roads and highways until retiring in 2000.
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August 23, 2006
Repaired bridge opens while another is fixed A Baltimore County bridge, recently repaired temporarily, was reopened last week so that a nearby bridge could be fixed, county public works officials said yesterday. Mount Zion Road Bridge No. 65, over Piney Run near Upperco, received a $20,000 temporary repair order so work could be scheduled for Mount Zion Road Bridge No. 391, county public works officials said. Both bridges, located about 3,500 feet apart, need structural repairs but cannot be closed simultaneously without stranding residents of nine homes, county public works officials said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Catherine R. Kane, a Harford County government administrator who earlier had worked for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, died Feb. 12 from colon cancer at her Bel Air home. She was 65. "She really was an important part of Social Services when I was director," said Camille B. Wheeler, who had been director of Baltimore County Social Services for 19 years before retiring in 1998. "She was hard-working and understood everything about the mission of the department.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | April 21, 1993
The county Public Works Department hopes it has sent Sykesville a repair offer the town can't refuse: It has offered to pay $4,000 for material and $6,000 for manpower and equipment to repair Spout Hill Road.Town Council members said the heavily used road, which xTC connects Third Avenue to Main Street, is in a dangerous state of disrepair. Without county-funded repairs, the council has said, it would consider shutting the road to traffic.The town has repaired the county's sewer line, which runs under the road, at a cost of $165,000.
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July 21, 2002
Truck House Road delays likely as work resumes on pipes Motorists can expect traffic delays on Truck House Road in Severna Park as the county resumes work tomorrow on a new 24-inch water transmission main. County contractors will be constructing 1,500 feet of main in the roadbed north from Trinity Bible Church toward Earleigh Heights Road. The work is scheduled to be done by the end of next month, according to county public works officials. Truck House Road will be closed for temporary periods for excavating equipment in one lane to load material into dump trucks in the other lane.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2004
The sun was shining with eye-squinting brightness and the sound of humming engines filled the air as Eric Shiflett took his seat in the dump truck and started down the day's snowplow route. No matter that the year's first snowfall is probably several weeks away, or that the only thing Shiflett would be pushing was air. Yesterday's Baltimore County "equipment rodeo" was all about maneuvering around simulated obstacles - the orange cones, construction barrels and fence-like supports that acted as stand-ins for parked cars and other barriers a plow driver might encounter.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1997
A former Anne Arundel County public works supervisor was charged with theft yesterday for allegedly ordering $158,118 worth of paint and hardware through the county to run his auto-painting business.Gary Wayne Bussey, 45, a former superintendent of water-line maintenance in the Department of Public Works for the northern part of the county, was served with a criminal summons to appear in court Oct. 20 on five felony counts of theft, said Kristin Riggin, a spokeswoman for the county state's attorney's office.
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February 4, 1993
County Executive Robert R. Neall is coming to Pasadena today to get a personal view of how well his government is serving its constituents.Mr. Neall is scheduled to visit several prospective county public works projects, including a proposed golf course on Fort Smallwood Road, a flag monument at the site of the Lake Shore Athletic Complex, and a possible public boat launching facility at Downs Park. He also will inspect the dam reconstruction project at Lake Waterford Park.Mr. Neall is expected to announce a $25,000 grant from the county to expand a drug prevention program operated by the county police at Freetown Village public housing project into Meade Village and Pioneer City.
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By Baltimore County Bureau | February 7, 1992
Water bills in Baltimore County would increase by an average of $15 a year beginning this April if a requested surcharge is approved, the county public works director said yesterday.The director, Gene L. Neff, has asked his Baltimore counterpart, George G. Balog, to add 20 percent to all county metered water bills after April 1.Mr. Balog said the request still must be publicized and approved by the city Board of Estimates, but Mr. Neff said he expects it to pass.While this money would increase the county's contribution to the water fund, the request for the surcharge doesn't mean the county has given up its fight with the city over water-use charges, said Baltimore County Attorney H. Emslie Parks.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,sun reporter | May 26, 2007
Edward Andrew McDonough, a retired Baltimore County Public Works Department engineer, died of stroke complications Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 85. Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown on Bouldin Street, he was a 1939 Polytechnic Institute graduate and worked as a land surveyor and at the Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. In the early part of World War II, Mr. McDonough went to a Navy recruiting station and applied for officer's candidate school to get training as an engineer, family members said.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | November 26, 2006
After sitting empty for eight months, a $1.2 million renovation is scheduled to begin next month that will transform a former Ellicott City auto dealership into a central garage for Howard County government. Construction at the 6-acre site of the former O'Donnell Pontiac facility on Ridge Road will be in two phases. The first will include a vehicle repair and maintenance hub for county police, fire and general government vehicles, and for the school board. "We pretty much have to redo the whole place," said County Executive James N. Robey.
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August 23, 2006
Repaired bridge opens while another is fixed A Baltimore County bridge, recently repaired temporarily, was reopened last week so that a nearby bridge could be fixed, county public works officials said yesterday. Mount Zion Road Bridge No. 65, over Piney Run near Upperco, received a $20,000 temporary repair order so work could be scheduled for Mount Zion Road Bridge No. 391, county public works officials said. Both bridges, located about 3,500 feet apart, need structural repairs but cannot be closed simultaneously without stranding residents of nine homes, county public works officials said.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2004
The sun was shining with eye-squinting brightness and the sound of humming engines filled the air as Eric Shiflett took his seat in the dump truck and started down the day's snowplow route. No matter that the year's first snowfall is probably several weeks away, or that the only thing Shiflett would be pushing was air. Yesterday's Baltimore County "equipment rodeo" was all about maneuvering around simulated obstacles - the orange cones, construction barrels and fence-like supports that acted as stand-ins for parked cars and other barriers a plow driver might encounter.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2003
Harry Jacobs Pistel Jr., public works chief in Baltimore County during the 1980s and a well-known player and coach in Maryland's club lacrosse circles, died March 24 at his home in Randallstown after a stroke. He was 74. Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Pistel graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1946. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1949 from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of the swim team. After graduation, he was hired as a project engineer by the Maryland State Roads Commission, now the State Highway Administration.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2003
Phil Pietrolungo wouldn't mind a single 24-hour shift right about now. Fueled by Pepsi and Marlboro Mediums, the Baltimore County public works driver has been plowing snow since Friday night. He's gotten about eight hours' sleep in that time, most of it in the front seat of his truck. And he probably won't get to his house in Parkville until tomorrow at the earliest. For a plow operator during the worst area snowstorm in 81 years, life has become a blur of white mounds, gray slush and caffeine jolts.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2003
Phil Pietrolungo wouldn't mind a single 24-hour shift right about now. Fueled by Pepsi and Marlboro Mediums, the Baltimore County public works driver has been plowing snow since Friday night. He's gotten about eight hours' sleep in that time, most of it in the front seat of his truck. And he probably won't get to his house in Parkville until tomorrow at the earliest. For a plow operator during the worst area snowstorm in 81 years, life has become a blur of white mounds, gray slush and caffeine jolts.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2000
Louise Trott was gunning for a groundhog yesterday. But the situation escalated when five Anne Arundel County road workers thought they were the target and radioed for help. Police responded with an armored personnel carrier, a helicopter and a squad of tactical officers - not realizing the shots had come from a 52-year-old woman taking vengeance on a garden-grubbing rodent with a 12-gauge. "We didn't know what we had at first," said Sgt. Joseph Jordan, a county police spokesman, after the dust had settled in rural Lothian.
NEWS
August 25, 2002
The Carroll County Department of Public Works has announced road construction projects for this week. For information on the following projects, call the county Bureau of Engineering, 410-386- 2171. Pipe work: Gillis Road from Woodbine Road to Route 27; Hoods Mill Road from Woodbine Road to Kabik Court; Springdale Road from Uniontown Road to the bridge. Waterline installation: Raincliffe Road from Route 32 to Slacks Road. Bridge replacement: Houcksville Road Bridge, from Route 30 to Carroll Street.
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July 21, 2002
Truck House Road delays likely as work resumes on pipes Motorists can expect traffic delays on Truck House Road in Severna Park as the county resumes work tomorrow on a new 24-inch water transmission main. County contractors will be constructing 1,500 feet of main in the roadbed north from Trinity Bible Church toward Earleigh Heights Road. The work is scheduled to be done by the end of next month, according to county public works officials. Truck House Road will be closed for temporary periods for excavating equipment in one lane to load material into dump trucks in the other lane.
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