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Council to Vote on Audit Charter Amendment

The City Council agenda also includes a bill to add the Shelley House to the landmark list.

The Baltimore City Council is scheduled to meet Monday evening for the first time since July 16, and will hold a final vote on whether to approve a charter amendment requiring audits of 13 city agencies every four years.

If the council approves the amendment tonight, which it is expected to do, city residents will have the chance to vote on the amendment in the Nov. 6 general election.

Originally the bill, which was supported by North Baltimore council members Carl Stokes, Bill Henry and Mary Pat Clarke, required an audit of 14 city agencies every two years, but it was amended to lessen the frequency and agencies that were audited.  

Other items of note on the agenda:

  • A bill that would redefine a "gas—or air—pellet gun" used in laws prohibiting minors to possess or use them in the city is being introduced at the behest of the Baltimore Police Department.
  • Councilman James Kraft is introducing legislation that will make it illegal to put any waste, besides litter, into trashcans "located or along any sidewalk, street, open space, wharf or other public place".
  • Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke's resolution calling on Baltimore Gas and Electric representatives to appear before the City Council to discuss ways to prevent mass outages in the city, such as the blackout that followed June's derecho.
  • A bill adding , 3849 Roland Avenue, to the city’s Landmark List is on the agenda to be voted on for second reader. Once the bill is approve on third reader, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signs the bill, the building will be added to the list. 
  • The council is expected to give final approval to a bill submitted by Councilman Bill Henry that will allow for a second-hand store to open at 5702 Bellona Ave. 
Marjorie Goodman August 13, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Every four years? Really? I suppose it's better than never having audited these agencies in many decades!! Why are we, as citizens in this cash-strapped city full of waste within agencies, settling for anything less than every 2 years? Think of all the money we could possibly recoup without so much waste and dead weight. We have many fine hardworking employees...but we also have many who aren't...
Adam Bednar (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
It was Councilman Bob Curran's amendments that knocked the frequency back. He argued that he's requested previous audits that haven't yet come to fruition, so he was doubtful the city could perform them every two years.

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