Neall dismisses need for law to approve sale of buildings

February 03, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

If the County Council wants to approve the sale of county buildings, that's fine with County Executive Robert R. Neall, his spokeswoman said yesterday. But the members don't have to pass a law about it.

"If the council feels they need it in writing to feel comfortable with this, then they can put it in writing," said spokeswoman Louise Hayman.

But Mr. Neall "feels that it's unnecessary and there are better things they can do with their time," she said.

Council Chairman David G. Boschert introduced a bill Monday to require council approval before the executive can sell county property worth more than $50,000.

The measure is partly aimed at giving the council some leverage in the sale of two buildings at the Heritage Center on Riva Road near Annapolis, Mr. Boschert said yesterday.

The county bought two buildings in the office complex for $10.9 million during the administration of O. James Lighthizer and made a commitment to buy two additional buildings for $12.9 million.

Mr. Neall said last month he would sell the last two buildings now that county officials have abandoned a plan to use the Arundel Center for court offices and move the rest of the county government to the Heritage Center.

Mr. Boschert said that the council should be involved in discussing the sale of county buildings as the reorganization and paring down of the government continues.

In other business, the council also approved a resolution opposing a statewide measure that would prohibit term-limit laws from affecting sitting council members.

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