TOWSON -- The county council tonight plans to vote on plans to condemn 98 acres owned by Meadowood Inc. at Falls and Greenspring Valley roads in order to build a park on the property, despite the landowner's opposition to the proposal.
Clarence Elder, who heads Meadowood Inc., has said that the $885,000 the county is offering for the property is "ludicrous," and he does not want to sell the property. He would like to develop the land to help minorities, perhaps by building houses, a church or a camp for disadvantaged youths.
The land, known as Meadowood Farm, cannot be developed for housing because it lacks public sewer service and is subject to the county's most restrictive zoning. Only two houses can be built on the tract.
Methadone clinic operator sues county zoning officials
WHITE MARSH -- A methadone clinic operator who rented office space for a new program in the 11400 block of Pulaski Highway last year, but was prevented from opening by county zoning officials, has filed a $6.1 million federal suit, charging the county with violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Neal Berch, who filed the suit June 8, is the second clinic operator to sue on grounds that the county is discriminating against people with addictions. A suit filed by owners of the proposed Jacob's Ladder clinic in Catonsville was dismissed Thursday.
Berch's clinic had sought a zoning exception but was denied. The Catonsville clinic bypassed the county's regulatory process and went straight to federal court.
Foundation grant awarded to college and marine center
CATONSVILLE -- The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant to Catonsville Community College and the Center for Marine Biotechnology in Baltimore to begin an associate of applied science degree in biotechnology and to coordinate a statewide effort to improve biotechnology education in high schools and community colleges.
The grant -- given to Catonsville professor Diane Jones and Judy Brown of the biotechnology center -- is aimed at better preparing community college graduates for the skills required for jobs of entry level laboratory assistant and technician.
June has been designated lead poisoning prevention month, and city health officials will offer free testing.
Children ages 6 and under can get tested Thursday at the Park Heights Family Center, 4232 Old Pimlico Road, and June 30 at the Baltimore City Health Department at 1211 Wall St.
Children can also enjoy food and face painting at the sites.
Police identify victim in apparent drug shooting
Police identified Antwan Stewart, 21, of the 2500 block of W. Baltimore St. yesterday as the man who was fatally shot Friday night in what police said was a drug-related killing.
Detective Chris Bieling said a Southwestern District police officer heard gunshots in the 5000 block of Dickey Hill Road about 11 p.m. Friday and found Stewart lying in the street with several bullet wounds in his back. Bieling said police found $700 and three small plastic bags of suspected crack cocaine in Stewart's pockets.
Bieling said Stewart, who grew up near the area where he was shot, died at 11: 55 p.m. at Sinai Hospital.
Public works department offers guides to outdoors
The Department of Public Works has published a booklet, "Pocket Guide to Boating and Fishing," that includes information about boating regulations, the species of fish at each watershed and other information.
The agency has also published a brochure, "Maintaining Your Parks," that describes the many services it provides, including building and park maintenance, and the phone numbers to call for the appropriate utility.
Both publications can be found at local Neighborhood Service Centers. Information: 410-396-5198.
Pub Date: 6/15/98