Annapolis residents will have their say tonight on Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins' proposed 1992 capital improvement budget.
The City Council's Finance Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the budget at 7:30 p.m. in the Eastport Fire Hall on Bay Ridge Avenue.
The proposed budget includes $9.15 million in improvements and projects for fiscal 1992. That amount is about $2 million less than thecouncil approved for fiscal 1991, which ends June 30.
The FinanceCommittee will amend the budget before sending it to the council, which has until April 30 to approve it. 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, with $2 million coming from the state. In exchange forthe money, the state would use one-third of the garage's 540 spaces.
Truxtun Park's 24-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 stationon Taylor Avenue.
Hopkins had hoped to include $500,000 in the budget to renovate the police station, which needs a new roof, improvedcommunications and computers and renovations to offices and trainingareas. Many of those improvements will have to wait.
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 Industries site 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.