Smith decries detention center plan
Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. has sent the governor a letter strongly opposing the state's plan to build a regional juvenile detention center and several smaller facilities in the county.
Smith said he is "particularly disappointed" in a plan to combine Baltimore City and Baltimore County into a region that would be served by a new detention facility in the county. The construction of that faciliTy, as well as several smaller ones, was outlined in a 10-year master plan unveiled last month by the state Department of Juvenile Services.
In a letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Smith, a Democrat, pointed to the department's "gap analysis" report last year that Smith said "recommended against combining Baltimore City with any other jurisdiction, in order to best serve the high-needs of city youth."
Smith requested a meeting with the governor to discuss his opposition.
A spokesman for the governor could not be reached for comment.
Redmer and Orr at Chamber lunch
The Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce will hold a general membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to honor former state Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. and to introduce newly appointed Insurance Commissioner R. Steven Orr.
Orr will become the 36th state insurance commissioner, filling the balance of Redmer's four-year term. Redmer resigned in October to return to the private sector.
The luncheon will be held at the River Watch Restaurant, 207 Nanticoke Road. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 for chamber members and $30 for non- members. Information and reservations: 410-686-2233.
Best is appointed to cable TV panel
A Baltimore County councilman has appointed Alegra J.S. Best, a retired lawyer and president of the Pikesville-Greenspring Community Coalition, to a panel that sets customer service standards for cable providers in the county.
Best was appointed by County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat, to fulfill the two-year term of Arvin Rosen, who died last year.
The county Telecommunications Advisory Panel consists of seven volunteers who provide oversight of cable franchise holders. Comcast is the only cable provider in Baltimore County.
"Alegra's energy and experience will be of great benefit to this volunteer commission," Kamenetz said in a news release.
Electricity co-op topic of meeting
A second informational meeting about the electricity purchasing cooperative formed by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Feb. 22.
The co-op is open to any small-to-midsize business in Maryland, not just those in the Pikesville and Owings Mills areas, according to chamber officials.
It is the second co-op to be formed by the business organizations. The session, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., will be held at the Pikesville Hilton, 1726 Reisterstown Road. Information: 410-484-2337.
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