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Editorial Advisory Board: Baltimore’s water bill crisis (access required)

Baltimore city’s water bill crisis has several sources, among the chief ones a 2002 consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency. The consent decree mandated that Baltimore address its aging water infrastructure and make improvements. Regulations implemented by the federal ...

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Sinkholes shut down downtown Baltimore streets, light rail (access required)

Sinkholes have indefinitely shut down parts of two downtown Baltimore streets and interrupted light rail service. News outlets report city officials announced Sunday that sinkholes at the intersection of North Howard and West Lexington streets have resulted in the closure ...

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Claustrophobic worker to settle for $117K (access required)

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates is scheduled Wednesday to consider a $117,000 settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by a former city employee who alleged he was repeatedly asked to work in manholes despite his claustrophobia.

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Worker, 71, settles ADA suit with Baltimore Co. (access required)

Baltimore County will pay more than $130,000, including about $93,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs, to settle claims it required a road-maintenance worker to take unnecessary medical tests and then forced him from his job based on the results.

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City water rates to rise 42 percent over three years (access required)

Despite a report from the city’s audit department that called for lower increases and protests from a packed room of residents about a lack of collection of $25 million in delinquent water bills, the Board of Estimates, Baltimore’s spending board. voted Wednesday to approve a three consecutive years of rate hikes for city water and sewage bills.

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Deal would possibly cut ‘rain tax’ up to 85% for port businesses (access required)

Baltimore officials are close to an agreement with port and other harbor-area industries that could significantly reduce the amount those businesses would pay under the city’s proposed stormwater fee.

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