Improvement Association approves $185,000 spending plan GLEN BURNIE

December 09, 1992|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

With about 45 of its 1,100 members voting last night, the Glen Burnie Improvement Association unanimously approved a $185,000 spending plan for next year.

The 1993 budget, adopted with no comment or questions from the small group, represents an approximately $15,000 increase over the current $169,700 budget.

The new budget, which earmarks most of its funds for the operation of the association and its buildings, will take effect Jan. 1.

Most of the increases, however, are for community programs, which this year cost about $27,300.

The GBIA expects to spend $48,100 on such things as community beautification, holding a second annual health and safety fair, and special programs for Christmas and for Memorial Day, said Muriel Carter, association president. About $25,000 of that money will pay for a sidewalk replacement program run jointly with the county and homeowners.

Under the sidewalk program, which is preparing for about $40,000 worth of sidewalk work to start soon on four streets in the oldest area of Glen Burnie, the county pays half the bill for new sidewalks and the association and homeowner split the other half.

Don Gibson, coordinator of the sidewalk program, said the association is getting more requests from homeowners than it can fill with the allocated money.

Mrs. Carter said the organization has abandoned the idea of Fourth of July fireworks, which it canceled this year. Under a law which took effect this year, the association no longer had the required space for the $5,000 fireworks show.

The historic Kuethe Library, a small Colonial Revival-style building adjacent to the association building on Crain Highway, joins the list of organizations in the community that will be receiving donations from the GBIA. The two-room library, now housing historical and genealogical archives, will get $3,000.

Other groups getting money include the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Department, the Glen Burnie High School Band, the Harundale Youth League and Meals on Wheels.

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