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Keeping tabs on the City Council's activities so you don't have to

By Edward Ericson Jr. | Posted 2/4/2010

On the agenda for Feb 1

Resolution 10-0188R Informational Hearing--Department of Public Works--Leaf Vacuuming Program. Asks the cirector of the Department of Public Works and bureau head of solid waste to tell the council how it chooses the neighborhoods that receive the service and how well it is received.

The Read: “So we’re just basically asking for feedback,” says Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton (D-6th District), who introduced the resolution. Councilman Robert Curran (D-3rd District) whose district is tree-lined, says he’s concerned about the budget impact of the program, in which large vacuum trucks suck the leaves from curbsides in 13 “heavily wooded” (and mainly pretty rich) neighborhoods. Added Councilman Bill Henry (D-4th District): “I have heard of many situation in my neighborhoods [where] the actual vacuuming happens well before most of the leaves have fallen,” so the city workers must return later to pick up bagged leaves.

Resolution 10-0189R In Support of State Legislation--Senate Bill 231--Maryland Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.

The Read: Introduced in the General Assembly on Jan. 22 by Sens. Delores Kelley and Jennie M. Forehand, the bill would make it easier for relatives of incompetent adults to gain guardianship over them, their assets, and income through state courts. It would also bring Maryland into line with a uniform system proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Currently there is controversy between states when, for example, a disabled person is resident in one state but owns property in another. “There are many forms to be filled out,” says Councilwoman Agnes Welch (D-9th District), who introduced the bill for immediate adoption. This would standardize the form and simplify the procedure.

City Council Quote of the Week

“You will be the first mayor in memory whose child attends the Baltimore public schools. That’s putting your money where your mouth is.” --Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District), in farewell remarks addressed to Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who leaves the council to assume the office of mayor.

The next city Council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

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