Annapolis Scales Back Budget

March 29, 1992|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer

In another sign of the recessionary times, Annapolis is looking at aleaner capital improvement budget this year.

Gone are some of themultimillion-dollar proposals to build a modern police station or open a new landfill.

Although a few high-ticket projects, such as rebricking Main Street, were included, most plans are modest -- creating a hiker-biker trail, resurfacing roads and building storm drains.

Central ServicesDirector Emory Harrison could not provide a total for the proposed budget. He said a figure would not be available until Monday.

The biggest items earmarked in the final budget draft include $6 million to close the city's existing landfill, $4.36 million to reconstruct Main Street, and up to $1 million to centralize government offices.

Earlier in the week, Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins unveiled a novel plan tosell City Hall to the YWCA and move scattered administrative officesto a five-story building owned by Annapolis Federal Savings Bank on Main Street.

The potential three-way deal calls for consolidating offices now split between City Hall and a cramped, old fire station across the street.

Annapolis Federal would then take control of thecolonial-era hall and sell it to the YWCA, which is also searching for more office space.

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