County Delegation Seeks Money For Aacc Building

STATE HOUSE WATCH, A REPORT ON THE ANNE ARUNDEL DELEGATION

March 31, 1991|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff writer

A House panel has targeted $2 million in state aid to help finance construction of an allied-health building at Anne Arundel Community College.

College officials said they need the new $10.2 million classroom building, which could open by 1994, because they have outgrown the 24-year-old Arnold campus. The college serves 46,000 full- and part-time students, or one out of every seven county residents, they said.

"We are about to build the next generation of that campus," President Tom Floristano told legislators.

But the college needs help raising the money, he said. The classrooms would be located on 65 acres between the college and Ritchie Highway, he said.

Anne Arundel County's 13-member House delegation lobbied to include the $2 million in Gov. William Donald Schaefer's $815 million capital budget proposal. The House Appropriations Committee approved the outlay Thursday. The money still must be approved by the full House and Senate.

The House panel also approved grants to three county historical restoration projects. They awarded:

* $100,000 to repair a faulty roof at the stately Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis.

* $100,000 to continue restoration of the Annapolis home of John Carroll, one of four Marylanders who signed the Declaration of Independence.

* $50,000 torestore the exterior of the Capt. Salem Avery House in Shady Side. Avery's home is typical of those of South County watermen more than a century ago, members of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society said.

The delegation made the allied-health building a priority because neither County Executive Robert R. Neall nor Annapolis Mayor Alfred A.Hopkins requested state aid from the $15 million "pork barrel" reserve set aside this year for local projects.

Because House and Senate spending committees have received more than 100 requests totaling more than $130 million, competition among the counties for the limiteddollars is stiff.

"It's like the pigs feeding at the trough," said one delegate, who asked not to be identified. "Everybody is making sure their county gets its fair share. If you don't make your pitch, you get left out."

Anne Arundel has two delegates -- John Gary, R-Millersville, and Victor Sulin, D-Severn -- on the Appropriations Committee.

"We had more problems with that (college request) than anyother," Sulin, a freshman, said. "John Gary did a good job of getting that through."

Schaefer had already included $2 million in his capital budget proposal to repair AACC's environmental center and humanities building and to design a fine arts center, which would open in1996.

The capital budget approved by Appropriations last week also included $2 million to help the City of Annapolis build a Gotts Court parking garage and $660,000 to renovate the county government's Whitmore garage. The state leases space in Whitmore and plans to do thesame at Gotts.

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