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By Daniel Haggerty | Posted 7/19/2006

On The Council Agenda July 10

Bill 06-0466 The Baltimore City Comprehensive Master Plan

Introduced by City Council President Sheila Dixon on behalf of the administration, the Baltimore City Comprehensive Master Plan “sets out strategies for coordinating and leveraging city investment, policy and programming to maximize economic opportunity and the quality of life for all citizens of Baltimore over the next six years.” The plan concentrates on four key areas—live, earn, play, learn—and it’s the first of its kind for the city in over 30 years. For more information and to view the entire text/of the plan, visit www.liveearnplaylearn.com.

Public Interest Grade: B The Baltimore City Comprehensive Master Plan is thorough and well-conceived, but hard work and proper tracking on behalf of the Planning Commission and various city agencies is needed to ensure its success and to make sure it provides thoughtful planning for both the city’s haves and have-nots.

Resolution 06-0193R Pilot Program—Recreation Centers During the Summer

Requests that the city develop a summer pilot program to extend the hours of certain recreation centers so young people have places for meaningful activity after the city’s 11 p.m. curfew restrictions.

Public Interest Grade: A Since our younger residents will inevitably adopt later schedules during the summer months, such a program is a common-sense approach to provide supervised activities for kids and to give them something to do besides hang out on the street.

City Council Quote of the Week

“Our school system is back in the black and out of the red.” —City Council President Sheila Dixon, on the work of Bonnie Copeland, who recently resigned from her post as the CEO of the Baltimore City Public School System. Dixon’s praise came in support of Council Resolution 06-0200, which requests that the Board of School Commissioners appoint an independent search committee to find a new CEO for the school system.

City Council Fact of the Week

Bill 06-0466, the Baltimore City Comprehensive Master Plan, was referred to the “Committee of the Whole.” According to City Council Rule 6-3, “on adoption of a motion specifying the subject matter for consideration, the City Council may resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole.” Essentially, such action is reserved for important matters to be reviewed and deliberated by all council members, rather than by a specific committee. The council president may act as chair of the Committee of the Whole or appoint another member as chair.

The next meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Aug. 14 at 5 p.m.

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