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Tuesday, March 13, 1984
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THE SUN, Tuesday, March 13, 1984 Bills would allow $50 fee, city regulation of TV dish antennas By Ron Davis prompted in part by complaints from residents in the Rosemont and Arcadia neighborhoods concerned about ' churches and other establishments erecting large dish antennas that detract from the beauty of residential neighborhoods. "These are different animals from regular television antennas. The main purpose of this legislation is to clarify zoning law. It's an attempt to deal with a new technical phenomena," he said. "I believe these things are going to proliferate like crazy, and this legislation is an attempt to give the city and the neighborhoods some control" over what is erected in their neighborhoods, he said. The "phenomena" Mr. Landers mentioned is the arrival in the Balti more area of pay-television broadcast directly from satellites to homes that receive the transmissions via antenna dishes. One firm, New York-based United Satellite Communications, Inc., already offers five channels of television programming in Baltimore and 11 Maryland counties. Another firm, Satellite Television Corporation, of Washington, plans to offer five channels by late 1984. Viewers will have to pay between 1300 and $400 for equipment required to receive the broadcasts, as well as monthly fees ranging from $15 to almost $40 depending on the type of programming received. . Cable television is expected to be much cheaper if and when it arrives about three years from now. But some cable-television firms have expressed reservations about building a system in Baltimore, saying that satellite television and other competing technology could "skim the cream" off the local pay-television market. City Council Bill 163 would require residents to obtain permits costing $50 each to erect a dish antenna, regardless of the size. Bill 164 would require city zoning board approval of installation of dishes larger than three feet in diameter, or any extending more than six feet from a building or standing unattached. "The purpose of the $50 fee is to cover the cost of handling permits and inspections," Mr. Landers said. The permit fee would apply only to antennas installed after the legislation is approved and would not be ret roactive, Mr. Landers said. Antennas smaller than three feet in diameter also would not be subject to zoning board approval if they are attached to a home and do not extend more than six feet from it. That could present a problem for one of the two satellite companies, United Satellite Communications, Inc. Its dish antennas range in size from two and a half feet to four feet in diameter. Satellite Television Corporation's antennas will be about two feet in diameter. Mr. Landers said he decided on the three-foot limitation after consulting with telecommunications officials in Mayor Schaefer's office. "They convinced me that the trend in the technology is for these things antennas to get smaller." The bills, which were referred to the Council's Judiciary Committee for hearings, will probably be amended, Mr. Landers said. In other action, City Council members Kweisi Mfume (D, 4th) and Iris Reeves (D, 5th) introduced a resolution urging the The Sun, and The Evening Sun to respond to allegations by the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People concerning the papers' policies dealing with blacks. The NAACP has charged that the newspapers have not provided balanced coverage of the black community and not taken affirmative action in hiring blacks to responsible positions. City Council members introduced legislation last night that would allow the city to charge residents a $50 fee for using dish antennas to receive television programming via satellite and regulate their placement. Councilman: Joseph T. Landers III (D, 3d), the main sponsor of the two .Council bills, said the legislation is not intended to aid the city's efforts to bring cable television to Baltimore by making satellite television more expensive and troublesome to obtain. "We are not doing this to help cable. That never crossed my mind until you guys started asking questions about it," Mr. Landers told reporters. Mr. Landers said the bills were DIO 'Outside' postmaster stirs Jarrettsville ire Longtime clerk hoped to get job By Edna Goldberg Harford County Bureau of The Sun Jarrettsville This western Harford county community has a new postmaster, and its residents are unhappy and upset- . What riled them was the appointment last month of an "outsider," Michael J. Orsini, 34, of Parkville, rather than Wilhelmina H. Ellis, 54, of Jarrettsville, as head of the post office which has eight employees and serves nearly 1,800 families and more than 100 businesses. Community residents had repeatedly said they were certain that the $35,000-a-year post would go to Mrs. Ellis, a clerk who has worked in the Jarrettsville Post Office for 25 years. They don't question Mr. Orsini's qualifications, which include eight supervisory posts in the Baltimore postal system, but they say he is an "outsider." "We have known the Ellis family a long time. We're not disputing the new gentleman isn't qualified but maybe he's qualified in a different situation," said Albert St. Clair, a school bus contractor. Mrs. Ellis said she wanted the job because she likes the people she serves in the community. She said her friends and loyal customers "took it for granted I would get it" after the retirement last October of Postmaster Charles M. Potter. She said she ran the office during Mr. Potter's recent' illness and when he was away on business. "The Post Office is always stressing incentives to get ahead. How are you going to do it in a rural area if you get an opportunity ... and someone else is appointed?" Mrs. Ellis complained yesterday. Postal officials said normal procedures were followed in the Jarrettsville appointment. The Post Office has no specific policy on promoting local employees. In addition to professing their preference for a local postmaster, area residents also have raised the issue of nepotism. They note that Mr. Orsini's brother-in-law, Arthur D. Mobley, is one of two managers of stations and branches in the Baltimore postal system, and feel that Mr. Mobley might have used his influence to get the Jarrettsville job for Mr. Orsini. That charge has been denied vigorously by Mr. Orsini who said he sought the post because he wanted "stability," rather than being transferred to different stations in Baltimore. He said that people knowing him or Mr. Mobley would realize that his brother-in-law would bend over backwards to avoid favoritism. The nepotism charge was also denied by Ronald Hamen, public information of officer for the Baltimore Post Office. Mr. Hamen said an independent board interviewed 10 applicants for the post and then submitted the names of six finalists including Mr. Orsini and Mrs. Ellis to James F. Angelini, officer in charge of the Postal Service's Baltimore Management Sectional Center, during the the absence of Baltimore Postmaster Warren M. Bloomberg. Nevertheless, the controversy over the appointment prompted Congressman Clarence D. Long (D. 2d,) who had earlier written a letter recommending Mrs. Ellis,' to ask Postmaster General William F. Bolger to investigate events surrounding Mr. Orsini's selection. One of those events was Mr. Orsini's decision to purchase a lot in a nearby development before he was named postmaster. Mr. Orsini says he placed a deposit of only $100 on the property with the condition that it be refunded if he did not get the post. According to Mr. Hamen, Mr. Angelini interviewed the finalists and recommended Mr. Orsini, a selection that was approved by the district and regional offices and even-tally by Mr. Bolger. "What is happening here is that the people are saying this woman is the best qualified. I don't think the community knows much of Mike Orsini," Mr. Hamen said. The board, he said, reviewed qualifications and selected the best qualified person. ' Billee W. Gontrum, a Jarrettsville resident, commented, "That doesn't fly very well. She has all the ability. "She made it the post office a very agreeable place. In a small town, it's a town meeting-place." , we - ' is - . IN,. 4 i , fit w. , . .vOV.. L M .. .. - , - The SunWilliam Hot! Wilhelmina H. Ellis expected to head the Jarrettsville Post Office where she worked 25 years, but the job went instead to Michael J. Orsini (below). l - lA'W 'I HI r i 42-page list of goals issued by Lighthizer By Michael J. Clark Anne Arundel County Bureau of The Sun O. James Lighthizer, the Anne Arundel county executive who has introduced the "One Minute Manager" as his administration's prime text, publicized yesterday a laundry list of the 222 goals his government hopes to accomplish over the next year and a half. The county executive, a Democrat who is a lawyer and former IBM sales manager, released a 42-page document he said is based on objectives he initially set with his department heads during a retreat seven months ago and refined in recent months. "The One Minute Manager" is a slim text designed to assist managers in becoming more effective on the job, which Mr. Lighthizer previously recommended to his staff as required reading material. In a prepared statement, the executive said he believed the goals inventory was "the only one of its kind" assembled by a government in Maryland. He contended the report makes his administration "accountable to the taxpayers for a high level of performance." "It takes guts to release this document. I have not seen anyone else do it," Mr. Lighthizer said at a press conference. There were no major surprises in the lengthy list, entitled "Major Goals and Objectives," which Mr. Lighthizer said was similar to the corporate world's "management by objective" technique. The executive listed his overall goals as "greater efficiency in government, an improved environment and improved planning for growth." For its part in the list of objectives, the county police force said it is planning by next fiscal year to respond more quickly to public calls for assistance. Police Chief William S. Lindsey said the department will initiate the "911" emergency phone system at that time and will also begin "prioritizing" its calls for service to insure quicker police responses in emergencies. Chief Lindsey said the department will also expand the duties of patrol officers, assigning them on occasion to conduct crime investigations, inform neighborhoods about crime prevention techniques and respond with a team of officers to "hot spots" or troublesome criminal problems within their district. The county detention center staff has among its goals a proposal to in' crease the size of its prisoner work crews and expand the pretrial release program, which will result in a larger number of inmates being released under supervision pending the outcome of their trials. The county administration listed as its major goals the "maximum use of office automation technology" and improved methods of evaluating employee job performance. The county personnel office is recommending incentive awards for employees. The economic development office said it intends to evaluate sites in the county as potential high-tech industrial park sites, and will form a "quasi-public" corporation to work with the federal Small Business Administration in dispensing loans and grants to assist small businesses in the county. In land use, the Lighthizer management report promises to reduce the time it takes for a developer to get approval for subdividing property to less than a year, instead of the 18 months or more it now takes. A bill to achieve that goal is pending before the County Council. Another major land-use goal will be to concentrate development in areas where there are "the desired public services" such as sewers, roads and schools, while preserving the county's farmland and open spaces through comprehensive rezoning, the report said. News of teacher sought Friends of an Ellicott City Middle School teacher missing since February 13 are offering a $1,000 reward for information on his whereabouts. The teacher, 39-year-old Oliver Wendell Munson, was last seen by neighbors at 7:50 a.m. February 13 in front of his house at 653 Orpington road in Catonsville. Police discovered the next day that his house had been burglarized. His car was found February 16 parked a few blocks away. "He simply disappeared without a trace," said E. Jay Miller, a spokesman for the Baltimore county police, who announced the reward offer. Mr. Miller said interviews with Mr. Munson's friends and relatives have turned up no clues to his disappearance. "It's totally out of character," Mr. Miller said of Mr. Munson, who had taught industrial arts at the Ellicott City school for 18 years, including an eight-year stretch without an absence. Mr. Munson, who police say had innocently bought a car that later turned out to be stolen, had been scheduled as a witness in a city auto theft trial February 16. 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