BYRON'S HONORARIA $18,000

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, earned $18,000 in speaking fees last year and kept all of it, according to new financial reports.

The reports, released Friday, are designed to give citizens an idea of where House and Senate members earn their outside income and who gives them gifts.

Common Cause, a government lobby group, contends the speaking fees, called honoraria, amount to a legalized form of corruption becausethey allow special interest groups to put money directly into lawmakers' pockets.

Byron's total earned income, including honoraria, was $114,008. Unlike some of her colleagues, she donated none of the speaking fees to charity.

All House members except for leaders were allowed to keep $26,850 of what they earned in honoraria last year. Senators, except leaders, could keep $27,337. The rest must be donatedto charity.

In the House, 1990 was the last year lawmakers could keep the outside speaking fees. The Senate is gradually reducing the amount senators can pocket.

The reports list other financial information for the congresswoman:

* Major assets: Property in Frederick valued at $100,001-$250,000; Maryland National Bank accounts valuedat $50,001-$100,000.

* Major sources of unearned income: Interestfrom bank accounts valued at $2,501-$5,000.

* Major liabilities: None, although her spouse's business has secured note and unsecured note each valued at $15,001-$50,000.

* Gifts: None.

TRASH COLLECTION JULY 4

WESTMINSTER -- The City Department of Public Works has announced that Eastern Waste Industries Inc. will be collecting trash on July 4 in The Greens, Wakefield Valley and Carroll Meadows.

The department also announced that on June 10, the mayor and council voted to temporarily close sections of the short alleys at each end of the Westminster Municipal Playground.

The decision was made in an effort to create a safer environment for the children participating in the city's Playground Program, as well as other users of the lot.

The period of temporary alley closure will be from June 14 to Aug. 18.

Residents and visitors to the city who travel and park on those short alleys are urged to make alternative arrangements during this time.

Information: 848-9002.

CCC BOARD TO MEET

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll Community College advisory board will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the Washington Road campus.

Included on the board's agenda is an update on the college's search for an executive dean, who will succeed former executive director Elizabeth D. Blake, who resigned last fall.

The search for a successor began earlier this year. More than80 applicants from across the nation have applied for the position, which requires a doctorate degree and a minimum of five years experience at the dean level or above.

CCC officials have said they hope to hire an executive dean by July 1.

CROSSING GUARD REQUEST

HAMPSTEAD -- The Town Council is considering hiring two crossing guards forchildren who will be walking to the new Spring Garden Elementary School when it opens in September.

The budget the council approved Monday night includes $5,500 earmarked for either a fourth police officer to start late in the year or two crossing guards to start this September.

Mayor C. Clinton Becker said the town will discuss with the Board of Education whether the crossing guards are needed and whereto put them.

"(The request for a crossing guard) was brought up by the homeowners association at Robert's Field in the May general meeting," Becker said.

The town has no crossing guards now, he said, because all pupils at the Hampstead Elementary School ride buses. TheSpring Garden School will have walkers, mostly from the nearby Robert's Field development, Becker said.

COUNCIL ADDING MEMBER

HAMPSTEAD -- Anyone interested in being appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council should write the council in time to be considered at the July 15 meeting.

Mayor C. Clinton Becker said the council might decide as early as that night whom to appoint to fill the vacancy created when he was elected mayor with two years left in his council term.

So far, he said, three people have expressed interest. Jacqueline Hyatt, owner of Hyatt's Animal Boutique on Main Street, has submitteda written request. Two others -- Gordon Craig of Ralph Avenue and Matthew Grice, treasurer of the Robert's Field homeowners association -- have expressed verbal interest, Becker said.

Craig, 30, ran unsuccessfully on a write-in ticket in the council election last month. Hyatt also has run unsuccessfully in two past elections.

SYCAMORE SPEED TRAP

HAMPSTEAD -- A complaint from Sycamore Drive residents may have backfired on them.

The residents complained to Police Chief Kenneth Russell that their street was being used by people from outside the neighborhood as a shortcut and that drivers were speeding.

Russell said he had officers keep a watch on the street last month, and they did catch several speeders -- all of them residents of Sycamore Drive.

ZONING CHANGE DENIED

HAMPSTEAD -- The Town Council denieda request from William J. Matthews to rezone his Main Street property as local or general business.

Matthews had requested that 1148-54 Main St. -- the old town library -- be changed back to business zoning, as it was before 1986 when the county and town changed it to residential.

He said the building, which dates back to the 1700s, is the town's oldest operating business property and is in an area that is mostly business.

But council members maintained that the majority of the block is residential and that to allow an exception for Matthews would open the door to others' asking for exceptions.

Only Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. voted to allow the change, because of the building's long history as a business location.

Matthews, who lives in the building and rents out one apartment, said he was never notified of the zoning change in 1986. He said he didn't realize the change until 1989, when the library was getting ready to move to Greenmount, and he tried to rent out the space.

However, Town Counsel Charles O. Fisher Sr. said he has records that show Matthews and otherowners on that block were notified in advance of the zoning change.

CONFERENCE POSTPONED

The second Town/County Partnership Conference, which had been scheduled for July 27, has been postponed again.

County and town officials now are shooting for a date in mid-September to continue talks on how to coordinate implementation of growth management plans. It is at least the third time that the conference -- afollow-up to an inaugural meeting last December -- has been postponed.

The conference was postponed for July and August because the months are the height of vacation season, budget director Steven D. Powell told the commissioners Monday. Powell is organizing the conference.

The first conference was convened in response to "strategic planning reports" developed by community groups to address issues associated with the county's rapid growth and recommend solutions. The conference addressed affordable housing, infrastructure and farmland preservation.

The previous board of commissioners said the meeting between county staff and municipal leaders was convened to produce the cooperation necessary to carry out the county's plan for managing growth.

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