Baltimore City Council members called Monday for additional study into the amount of money the recent unrest will cost the city and what more can be done to bring economic development to struggling neighborhoods.
Council Vice President Edward Reisinger said many questions remain about how much the city will be required to pay to cover the costs associated with the protesting and riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray.
A hearing has been scheduled for 3 p.m. June 9. Representatives from the city's police, fire and finance departments are expected to be on hand to answer council questions.
Reisinger said he expects significant overtime costs for emergency personnel, as well as workers' compensation claims from injured police officers and firefighters. Outside jurisdictions also are expected to seek reimbursement for their services.
"What is the cost to the city of Baltimore?" Reisinger said.
On a related matter, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young called for half a dozen city agencies to report to the council ways to spur economic development in Baltimore's distressed neighborhoods. A date for the hearing wasn't set.
Young said a goal is to find ways the city can work with private, state and federal partners to build stronger neighborhoods. Many have pointed to the lack of jobs and opportunities in West Baltimore as being a driver in the unrest of recent weeks.
"We want to come up with tools to try to push development to the less desired neighborhoods," Young said.
Young noted as an example the recent proposal to grant more than $58 million for commercial and residential development in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Poppleton.