City panel will abolish $300,00 in parking fees$ANNAPOLIS...


September 28, 1992

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ANNAPOLIS — City panel will abolish $300,00 in parking fees


ANNAPOLIS -- An Annapolis panel has agreed to abolish about $300,000 in parking fees owed by developers who are building or expanding properties along the city's West Street.

Two of the developers who owed $266,000 said they were unable to pay the fees because of the recession.

Another $35,000 that has been collected since fees began in 1987 would be returned under the plan, said Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8. Ms. Moyers chairs the Economic Matters Committee that proposed the plan Thursday.

The City Council must approve the proposal.

The fees were intended to help developers rejuvenate inner West Street, where little parking is available, while contributing to relief of the downtown parking crunch.

But committee members said even if all the money was collected, it would not pay for new facilities.

The unpaid fees made it hard for developers to get loans or sell their buildings.

"What [the fees] did create was empty buildings," Ms. Moyer said.

Systems annalyst guilty, Jurors decide fate today


ANNAPOLIS -- A laid-off systems analyst has been found guilty of trying to murder his wife, but jurors must still decide today if he was criminally responsible for the crime.

Arthur Donald Copeland, 57, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and battery Friday.

Copeland shot his wife Mary Maxine Copeland twice and chased and pistol-whipped her in the Marley Station Mall parking lot on Jan. 17.

Defense lawyer Timothy Murnane tried to convince jurors Copeland did not know right from wrong or could not control his behavior.

"Treat Arthur Copeland as a sick man," he said. "Find him not criminally responsible and confine him to a state mental hospital."

But Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone said the Pasadena man planned to murder his wife and make off with the inheritance.

Copeland could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison on the attempted murder charge.

BG&E enlists 'troops' to wage a war on trash


GLEN BURNIE -- Baltimore Gas and Electric officials won praise in a ceremony last week for raising a volunteer army to attack environmental hazards along Nabbs, Stony and Cox creeks.

BG&E helped coordinate and finance a survey of the three Chesapeake Bay tributaries in May that identified sewage leaks, barriers to fish migration, eroded shoreline, illegal trash dumps and other problems, said Jonathan Pearson, a program director with Maryland Save Our Streams, a non-profit group.

Exposed sections of sewer line, sewage overflows and storm water pipes emptying into the creeks were reported to county officials. BG&E will work with the Tri-Creek Committee and the North County Chamber of Commerce to clean up some of the severely littered sites next month, said Dyan McGrath, government affairs administrator for BG&E.

Barbara Taylor, executive director of Save Our Streams, and Sam Minnitte, an aide to County Executive Robert R. Neall, thanked Ms. McGrath, Ronald W. Lowman, manager of fossil engineering at BG&E, Jeff Jefferson, a public affairs representative, and Greg Kappler, an environmental scientist for the company. The ceremony took place on on the deck of Nabb Creek's Maurgale Marina, where last spring's cleanup began.

More than 120 volunteers -- residents from the watershed, BG&E employees and other activists -- used canoes, row boats and a 30-foot sailboat to survey the shoreline. Others walked the banks, Ms. McGrath said. They discovered abandoned cars, scores of tires and other litter.

BG&E, which operates the Brandon Shores and Wagners Point power plants near the three creeks, also gave Save Our Streams $3,000 to finance an educational packet on streams that the Glen Burnie-based group is sending out to state elementary and middle schools, said Ms. Taylor, a Baltimore County resident.

Columbus Center hires new president

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BALTIMORE -- Former Baltimore magazine editor J. Stanley Heuisler, volunteer chairman of the group planning the $160 million Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration, has been hired to head the organization.

Mr. Heuisler, 50, has been named president and chief executive officer of Christopher Columbus Center Development Inc. (CCCD), the non-profit corporation building the high technology

research center on Inner Harbor Piers 5 and 6.

In his new position, which carries an annual salary of $125,000, Mr. Heuisler will oversee the project's physical development and will be responsible for its day-to-day management once it opens. He has been the volunteer leader of the organization for three years.

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