Planners back $11 million for capital projects Panel recommends sale of more bonds

December 09, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll's Planning Commission will recommend next week that the county spend about $11 million on capital projects in the next fiscal year -- about $2.5 million more than is available.

The panel will also recommend to the county commissioners on Tuesday that the county pay for 29 projects totaling $6.5 million if other money becomes available.

"You're basically fighting to keep your head above water at this point," commission chairwoman Barbara Jean Dixon said.

At a work session yesterday, Planning Director Edmund R. Cueman suggested the county sell more general obligation bonds to increase the amount of money available for capital projects.

For fiscal 1994, which begins July 1, $1 million in cash and $7.5 million in bonds will be available for capital projects.

The commissioners have the final say about which capital projects will be funded.

The Planning Commission has been working since late September to pare down $44.7 million in requests from county agencies for capital budget projects.

Members will present their recommendations to the commissioners at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the County Office Building.

The largest allocation the commission will recommend is $5 million for a new New Windsor Middle School.

The state will contribute about $2.9 million to the $7.9 million project.

Included on the list of projects that cannot be funded unless other money becomes available are the upgrade of the county's emergency radio system, expansion of the Eldersburg branch library, improvements to the Board of Education computer system, and 12 road projects.

The commission also deleted $1 million requested by the Board of Education for land acquisition.

Members will recommend that $450,000 raised by the impact fee charged to developers be used for that purpose.

Among the projects the commission will recommend:

* $1 million to make county office and school buildings accessible to the disabled in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Officials originally had requested million for the renovations.

* $950,000 to relocate one mile of Obrecht Road in South Carroll so it will connect to Route 32 farther north than it now does. Sykesville has been asking for improvements to the heavily traveled road for several years, Mr. Cueman said.

* $260,000 for improvements to Route 32 associated with renovations at Mechanicsville Elementary School. The Board of Education originally requested $300,000.

* $175,000 to replace computers in the Bureau of Management Information Services.

* $144,000 for school roofing projects.

* $135,000 for a room to house cats at the Humane Society. The addition is mandated by state law.

* $77,500 for additional cells for prisoners at the Courthouse Annex.

* $60,000 for rehabilitation of the burn building at the Fire Training Center in Westminster.

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