ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

January 18, 1993

County plans to sell two buildings

The county has decided to sell two buildings at the Heritage Center in Parole and will keep its administrative offices at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

The sale was sparked by County Executive Robert R. Neall's consolidation of county government and the decision to keep the circuit courthouse at its present location on Church Circle in Annapolis.

The county had been planning to move its offices now housed in the Arundel Center to the Heritage Center buildings on Riva Road.

The impact of the proposed move worried Annapolis city officials and business leaders.

"With the courthouse, this represents a real commitment from the county to maintain a strong presence in Annapolis," said Jerome W. Klasmeier, director of central services.

Mr. Klasmeier said the county would attempt to fill the buildings, which are now about 60 percent occupied, with tenants to make them more attractive to potential buyers. The buildings house mostly businesses that pay rent to the county and only a few county employees, who would be transferred to the two remaining Heritage Center buildings.

The Arundel Center, which was built in two phases in the late '60s and early '70s, will require about $5 million in renovations over the next few years, Mr. Klasmeier said.

The renovations are confined mostly to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, and improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If future county expansion is needed, a 30,000-square-foot building could be built in a parking lot next to the Arundel Center, and a 70,000-square-foot building could be built in a space next to the county's garage, located across the street.

Annapolis mayor won't restructure

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins says he has no plans to restructure the city government, unlike his counterpart in the county.

County Executive Robert R. Neall unveiled an ambitious reorganization plan last week that could cost up to 100 workers their jobs.

But Mayor Hopkins says he reorganized the city's government, which is less than one-fourth the size of the county, when he took office in 1989.

A city alderman has questioned the number of top administrators and the merit raises they have received.

Alderman Carl O. Snowden, a Ward 5 Democrat, pointed out that there are 15 administrators who earn salaries ranging from $44,000 to $76,000.

He also questioned why four top administrators received a total of $21,000 in merit raises at a time when the city gave its workers only a 1 percent bonus instead of a 2 percent raise.

The mayor receives an annual salary of $49,650 and decided to forgo a merit increase for the second year in a row.

Mr. Hopkins said he believes the number of positions is minimal.

created one new post four years ago for a central services director.

Asked about the raise, he said, "I didn't run for mayor for the money. I ran because I loved this city."

POLICE LOG

* Shady Oaks: Someone stole a 9mm handgun from beneath a bed in a house in the 700 block of Shady Oaks Road between Nov. 11 and Dec. 25.

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