City Budget Has Room For Garage

April 24, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

Annapolis will get a parking garage off West Street and a new pool at Truxtun Park under the 1992 capital budget approved by the City Council Monday night.

The budget includes $9.7 million in improvements and projects for fiscal 1992, which begins July 1. The city will raise $5.8 million by selling bonds. About $3.9 million will come from the state, federal government and local sources.

The city will break ground this fall on the long-awaited Gotts Court parking garage. The $6.14 million garage will be built behind theArundel Center on Calvert Street. The state will contribute $2 million in exchange for the use of one-third of the garage's 540 spaces.

Truxtun Park's 24-year-old pool will be replaced for $1.1 million. City officials have said the run-down pool will not survive another year.

The city's 19-year-old police station on Taylor Avenue will get $100,000 in improvements to the parking lot, road and building.

The fire department will 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 will be built for $1 million. Back Creek will be dredged for $325,000.

The budget does not contain money for a new landfill, which wouldcost $5.44 million in addition to $9.7 million already set aside.

County officials have rejected the city's plans to expand its Defense Highway landfill. The city hopes to negotiate a compromise, and is working with county officials and an arbitrator, the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority.

City and county officials have been tight-lipped about the authority's preliminary report on landfill options. "We'll know for all the world to hear, hopefully in the next fewweeks, where we're headed," City Administrator Michael Mallinoff said.

Alderman Carl O. Snowden, D-Ward 5, asked city officials why money for an affordable housing fund has never been included in the budget. Two years ago, the council approved a resolution proposed by Alderman Samuel Gilmer, D-Ward 3, authorizing the city to start a $1 million revolving loan fund for affordable housing.

However, AldermanJohn R. Hammond, R-Ward 1, said federal law prohibits the city from using bond money to set up such a fund.

In other action Monday night, the council:

* Listened to 2 1/2 hours of testimony from officials of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. on a proposed expansion of thecompany's Tyler Avenue power substation. BG & E officials say the expansion is needed or the area may experience blackouts next winter.

Residents have voiced concern about the electromagnetic field from the substation.

However, BG & E officials said there is no conclusive evidence to link electromagnetic fields to cancer in children or other health problems. The officials also said the expansion would not increase the electromagnetic field at the site.

The hearing willcontinue May 20, when BG & E finishes its case and residents presenttheir testimony.

* Approved $150,000 in low-interest loans 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 catch. But state health inspectors have refused to allow the processing operation to reopen until it meets sanitation standards.

The loans, which will come from the state Department of Economic and Employment Development and the county Office of Economic Development, will be used to renovatethe processing plant. The plant should reopen by August.

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