Carnivals Bill Sponsor May Ask For Override Of Neall Veto

Middlebrooks Says Sunday Permits Don't Need Study By Committee

February 18, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff writer

The Anne Arundel County Council tonight will consider the merits of holding carnivals on Sundays, increasing trade and amusement license fees and having a military adviser work with the school board.

Councilman Edward Middlebrooks, D-Severn, said yesterday he's "pretty sure" he will ask council at its meeting tonight for the five votes necessary to override the county executive's veto of a bill allowing carnivals and lawn parties on Sundays.

County Executive Robert R. Neall vetoed the measure Thursday, saying that he has ordered a comprehensive study of amusement licensing and wants to see the study completed before county codes are changed.

The study is intended to update a licensing code that has not been updated since the 1950s, he said.

But Middlebrooks said that thebill is seen by volunteer fire companies and other charities as a much-needed tool to raise money and that he cannot see the need to waitfor a commission report.

"I don't see it as any earth-shaking piece of legislation," Middlebrooks said.

Austin Isaacs, president ofthe Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company Inc., said that his companyhopes to extend its six-night carnival to a seventh day to help makeends meet in the face of county cutbacks that have slashed firehousemaintenance funds.

The carnival will raise more money next July if it can attract daytime passers-by to the fair, which is staged eachyear behind the firehouse on Fort Smallwood Road. He said the company hopes to raise on Sundays more than double the approximate $10,000 it nets on any night during the week-long carnival.

"We won't knowexactly how much until we try it," Mr. Isaacs said.

The council also will consider legislation, to be introduced by Neall, that will raise licensing fees for skilled craftsmen, including electricians, gas fitters, mechanics and plumbers.

The fees vary from trade to trade, are outdated and are considerably less than what other jurisdictions charge, county officials said.

As part of the new fee structure, each first-time applicant for a license will pay a $25 fee, and taking the exam will cost another $50. Master tradesmen will pay an annual $50 licensing fee, journeyman $40 and apprentices $25.

Neall is expected to appoint a new Amusement License Commission Feb. 24 thatwill also look at the possibility of also increasing licenses for parades and for charity carnivals.

The council also will consider a resolution by Council Chairman David Boschert, D-Crownsville, urging the school board to appoint a member of the armed forces as an adviser to the board.

Military families represent 20 percent of the school's 67,000-pupil system, said Boschert, who represents the Fort Meade area. He said the resolution is aimed at helping them deal with their needs.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Arundel Center.

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