Hopkins' Budget Pushes Pool, Parking

April 04, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

Annapolis would get a swimming pool at Truxtun Park and a new parking garage under Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins' proposed capital improvement budget.

The proposed budget includes $9.15 million in improvements and projects for fiscal year 1992. That amount is about $2 million less than the council approved for fiscal year 1991, which ends June 30.

"The taxpayers can't afford any more burden," Hopkins said. "There are many needs, but we have to be very selective, because the moneyisn't there."

The council, which has until April 30 to vote on the budget, will have its finance committee review the plan this month.Hopkins' proposed 1992 operating budget -- the day-to-day expenses of city departments -- will be presented to the council soon.

A long-awaited parking garage at Gotts Court, behind the Arundel Center on Calvert Street, heads the list of projects in the proposed capital budget.

The garage would cost $6.14 million to build, with $2 million coming from the state. In exchange for the money, the state would use one-third of the garage's 540 spaces. The state's contribution isawaiting final approval from the General Assembly.

Truxtun Park's24-year-old pool would be replaced for $1.1 million. Officials have said the run-down pool may not survive another year.

Hopkins also included $100,000 in the budget for parking lot, road and building improvements to the city's 19-year-old police station on Taylor Avenue.

Hopkins had hoped to include $500,000 in the budget to renovate the police station, which needs a new roof, improved communications and computers and renovations to offices and training areas. Many of those improvements will have to wait.

"If you compare what a police headquarters should be with what we have, this is just a substation,"Hopkins said. "But you have to live within your means."

The fire department would get $564,000 to replace the Taylor Avenue fire station's 23-year-old ladder truck. Hopkins also has included $1 million for a new public transportation center at the Eastern Waste Industriessite on Chinquapin Round Road and $325,000 for dredging Back Creek.

City officials did not include money for a new landfill in the budget. County officials have rejected the city's plans to expand its Defense Highway landfill, but the city hopes to negotiate a compromise.Starting a new landfill would cost $5.44 million.

The budget was prepared by Central Services Director Emory Harrison, who made recommendations to Hopkins.

Because of the city's tight finances, improvements to several sewage pumping stations won't be approved this year. Hopkins said he "praying" the stations will make it through the year.

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