Lamb Submits Resolution Against Severn River Span

Lamb Wants Councilto Fight Span

July 01, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

County Councilwoman Maureen Lamb wants the council to go on record against a proposed new bridge over the Severn River.

Lamb, D-Annapolis, has submitted a resolution similar to one backed by the Annapolis City Council three weeks ago. The previous resolution asked the State Highway Administration to redesign an 80-foot-high bridge that opponents claim would harm the environment and ruin the picturesque skyline.

The County Council will take up the issue tonight. No public hearing is scheduled, but Lamb said she has invited people on both sides of the issue to speak.

"Every day, more people join the ranks of those who oppose the 80-foot-high bridge," Lamb said. "It's amazing. It's snowballing. The support is there, and we, the elected officials,should listen to it."

The bridge would replace the 35-foot-high Route 450 drawbridge. State officials say they could lose $32 million in federal funds if forced to redesign the bridge. The proposal must go out to bid by Aug. 15, they say.

In other action tonight, the County Council will conduct a public hearing on a bill introduced by the county administration that extends the county's five commercial bingo licenses until Dec. 31. The licenses expire July 1.

The countyhas placed a moratorium on new licenses while a task force works on a law to regulate the industry.

The county revoked licenses for three establishments, including Bingo World in Brooklyn Park, when officials found that Stephen B. Paskind of Florida, who held those licenses, associated with organized crime figures.

Last October, six reputed mobsters were indicted on charges they laundered money through Bingo World, supplying Paskind with more than $1 million.

Tonight'smeeting begins at 7:30 in the Arundel Center.

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