Annapolis Expected To Ok Capital Budget

$9.15 Million Plan Includes Calvert St. Garage

April 22, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

The Annapolis City Council will debate the mayor's proposed capital budget tonight.

The council's Finance Committee will meet at 6 p.m. to complete its review of the budget. The full council is expected to approve the budget when it meets at 7:30. The budget must be approved by April 30.

The proposed budget includes $9.15 million in improvements and projects for fiscal 1992 -- about $2 million less than what the councilapproved for fiscal 1991, which ends June 30.

At a meeting last week, the Finance Committee asked Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins for more information on the budget, including a list of the administration's priorities.

The biggest project is a new parking garage behind the Arundel Center on Calvert Street. The Gotts Court garage would cost $6.14 million, with $2 million coming from the state. In exchange for themoney, 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. The city's 19-year-old police station on Taylor Avenue would get $100,000 in parking lot, road and building improvements.

The fire department would get $564,000 to replace the Taylor Avenue fire station's 23-year-old ladder truck. A new public transportation center at the Eastern Waste Industries site on Chinquapin Round Road would be built for $1 million. Back Creek would be dredged for $325,000.

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

In other action tonight, the City Council is expected to:

* Vote on $150,000 in low-interestloans for the Maryland Watermen's Cooperative at the old McNasby's seafood processing plant.

The plant's retail division and back loading dock reopened in November 1989 for watermen to sell their catches. But state health inspectors have refused to allow the processing operation to reopen until it meets sanitation standards. The co-op needs the processing operation to be profitable.

The loans, which willcome from the state Department of Economic and Employment Development and the county Office of Economic Development, will be used to renovate the processing plant. Co-op members say the plant should reopen by August.

* Hold a public hearing on a proposed expansion of Baltimore Gas & Electric's Tyler Avenue power substation.

Residents have voiced concern about the electromagnetic field from the substation. BG & E has sent aldermen packets saying the expansion would not create a health hazard.

* The council will meet in closed session at 6:30 to discuss a request from police Sgt. Robert E. Beans that the city reimburse him for his legal expenses.

Beans, who was head of the now-defunct Delta Force drug squad, said he spent about $70,000 last year defending himself from charges he broke departmental rules. Apolice trial board cleared him of the charges.

The Finance Committee and City Council meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers in City Hall on Duke of Gloucester Street.

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