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By Stephen Janis | Posted 2/15/2006

On the Council Agenda Feb. 6

Resolution 06-0131R: Let’s Make Sure That No One Gets Lost “On the Way to Baltimore’s New Eastside”

Seeks a status report from the East Baltimore Development Inc., the developer overseeing the $800 million revitalization and redevelopment of 80 acres of East Baltimore that includes building a biotech park near Johns Hopkins Hospital and relocating residents in the surrounding area.

Public Interest Grade: B Council input on this complex and monumental project is worthwhile, but the title of the resolution belies, and thus undermines, the seriousness of this request.

Resolution 06-0134R: False Alarms No More—Let’s Raise the Priority

Asks the city’s police commissioner to re-evaluate the response priority levels of the city’s 2002 false-alarm registration and fine program. The program has generated more money than anticipated by penalizing city businesses and homeowners when their security systems register false alarms.

Public Interest Grade: B False alarms are a costly nuisance, but let’s not unfairly penalize residents and businesses for trying to protect themselves.

City Council Quote of the Week

“Now that the exotic animals are safe, I feel a whole lot better.” —City Councilman Kenneth Harris Sr. (D-4th District), expressing relief at the passage of the bill called “Animal Control—Exotic, Farm, and Other Animals,” which requires exotic pet owners to register their animals with the city.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

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