Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has asked the Annapolis City Council to hire an assistant city attorney at no additional expense to the city.
The salary would come from the city's budget for legal expenses, said City Administrator Michael Mallinoff.
The city has earmarked $24,660 to spend on outside legal help in fiscal 1991, which began July 1, down from $36,500 in 1990 and $58,000 in fiscal 1989.
The city occasionally hires attorneys to help with specialized cases, but the new assistant attorney's assignments would be more general.
The assistant would work part time on a contractual basis with no benefits, helping out City Attorney Jonathan Hodgson.
Mallinoff said the city administration became aware of the need for the assistant attorney earlier this year when Hodgson was out of work for several weeks following surgery.
After receiving assurances the cost would be nominal, the council agreed to consider the proposal Monday night and sent the measure to its rules and finance committees for study.
In other action Monday night, the council: *Named a new park at the intersection of West Street and Spa Road "Brown-Leanos Memorial Park," after black and Greek families who once owned businesses side-by-side on the property.
The park, located where Darden Foreign Car Service used to be, is "a symbol of the ability of all ethnic groups to coexist and prosper," a council resolution said.
William H. Brown owned a grocery store on the site from the 1890s to 1938. In 1922, James Leanos opened Jim's Corner restaurant, now located on West Street, on the property. Members of both families attended the meeting, and Speros Leanos and Philip Brown, sons of the businessmen, embraced.
The park site has been cleared and grass planted, and work is scheduled for completion in 1992.
*Honored Leslie Stanton, commissioner of the Annapolis Summer Basketball League, for helping turn the league around. Controversy over drug use by players and a coach two years ago hurt the league's image and caused attendance to drop.
Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins declared Monday "Leslie Stanton Appreciation Day" in Annapolis.
*Extended a flexible sewer hook-up moratorium another year. The moratorium has been in place since spring, and gives Public Works Director William Campbell discretion to approve or reject hook-ups.
Copyright The Baltimore Sun 1990