Baltimore County voters like schools, public works BALTIMORE CO.

November 04, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

A new Mays Chapel Elementary School and a variety of public works projects won approval in Baltimore County last night, along with a charter amendment that would let County Council members appoint people directly to the Planning Board.

Ten local bond issues will provide money for schools, roads, bridges, sewers, neighborhood improvements and utilities. Together, schools and public works account for $93.5 million of the total $118 million on the ballot.

The lone County Charter amendment, which was approved by a narrow 53 to 47 percent margin, will give the seven county councilmen direct power to appoint one member each to the 15-member county Planning Board. Currently, council members only recommend one member each to the county executive, who appoints them.

The bonds will be sold over a two-year period beginning July 1.

A new Mays Chapel Elementary school is the single biggest project, although $13.7 million would be allocated for roof repairs and replacements in a variety of older school buildings. In addition, $8 million will go to remove asbestos from school buildings, $4.6 million to a new addition to Hereford Middle School, $2.5 million to renovate Essex Elementary, and $2.2 million for new portable classrooms.

Although the bond issue for schools is the largest in county history, it is still only half the amount requested by the school board last year, and many county schools are considered over capacity.

The total bond issue is much lower than the $200 million requested from voters in 1990, a reflection of county executive Roger B. Hayden's desire to reduce interest payments during tough economic times and a period of state aid cutbacks.

New roads account for the most expensive public works requests, including $5.1 million for a new section of Red Run Boulevard in Owings Mills, $7.6 million for construction of Campbell Boulevard in White Marsh, $4 million for resurfacing countywide and $2.7 million for new curbs and gutters.

Voters also approved $11 million for refuse disposal projects.

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