Improvement Association Unveils Spending Blueprint

Community Programs, Non-profits Stressed In Gbia's $170,000 Budget

November 14, 1991|By Deidre Nerreau McCabe | Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff writer

The Glen Burnie Improvement Association presented a $170,000 budget at its monthly meeting Tuesday night, and community leaders say most of the money will be used for operating the association's hall on Crain Highway.

Another large portion of the budget will go to supporting community programs and non-profit organizations, such as the GlenBurnie Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Burnie Boys Baseball and Arundel Hospice.

Association members will discuss the budget and vote on a final version, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 1992, at the Dec. 10 meeting. The meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. at the association hall.

Association President Muriel G. Carter said the Glen Burnie Health Center received one of the largest increases to a single organization. The center is slated to receive $5,000, compared with only $1,000 in the 1991 budget, because it needs more money to help pay for renovations.

Another increase of $4,000 will go toward community improvement and beautification to cover a sidewalkrepair program, a joint venture with the county and residents. The association, which budgeted $9,000 for community beautification this year, plans to spend $13,000 sprucing up Glen Burnie next year.

Both the equipment/improvements and park maintenance categories were cutby $8,000 and $10,000, respectively. Carter said the committee put less money into these categories for next year because it did not use much of the money budgeted for equipment and repairs this year.

Any leftover money from the annual budget goes back into GBIA's generalsavings account, she said.

Most of the association's budget comesfrom profits from the annual Big Glen Burnie Carnival, held each August. Carter said GBIA netted $108,000 from the carnival this year. The rest of the budget, $62,000, is from interest accrued on the association's savings from previous years.

The association has a balanceof more than $744,000 in various savings accounts. Carter said this balance accumulated during the early years of the carnival when the association was less active in community projects. Most of the profit was put into savings at the time, she said.

The balance is maintained now in case bad weather puts a damper on carnival profits and thebudget has to be financed out of savings, Carter said.

"There's always a chance we'll have a complete rain-out. We need something to fall back on," she said.

Each year, GBIA's budget is drafted by thefour-member budget committee, made up of the president, treasurer and two citizens. The budget then is approved by the 12-member board ofdirectors at the end of October. In November, the draft is introduced during the monthly meeting, and copies are mailed to GBIA's 1,100 members.

Typically, Carter said, there is little public opposition to the budget when it is discussed, then passed in December.

In other business Tuesday night, Katherine DeGrange, chairwoman of GBIA's public works committee, described the state's plans to widen a portion of Dorsey Road to six lanes, with two additional turning lanes at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

"I need to raise a red flag about some of the things that are going on," she told the 50 members attending the meeting.

Plans to build a light rail terminus and Park-N-Ride lot at a site northwest of the Dorsey Road/Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard intersection would make the area virtually impossible for pedestrians to access, she said. DeGrange said a pedestrian bridge crossing Dorsey Road is needed so Glen Burnie residents can walk to the light rail station. Without a bridge, she said, it will be nearly impossible to walk across Dorsey Road.

DeGrange also expressed concern about plans for Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and the light rail station, which she believes will make access to the Cromwell Fields Shopping Center difficult for pedestrians.

GBIA members voted to support a resolution asking the state for the pedestrian bridge. DeGrange said she would ask Mass Transit Administration officials to attend a GBIA meeting to respond to concerns about the project.

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