Council to review vote to expand power substation
The City Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday to reconsider the expansion of an electrical substation on Tyler Avenue, after learning that an earlier vote on the matter was improper.
City Attorney Jonathan Hodgson ruled that the council needs a super-majority vote, or 7-2, to approve the expansion after an alderman objected that petitions from Tyler Heights residents had been ignored.
Alderman Wayne Turner, R-Ward 6, who fought the expansion, said the council's latest vote was illegal because the conditional use was granted by a 5-4 vote. Enough residents living near the substation had opposed the project that the council needed a 7-2 vote, he said.
Supermajority votes are required when more than 20 percent of residents living near a proposed project object to it.
On March 8, the council approved the expansion of the Tyler Avenue substation despite concerns about possible harmful emissions.
Two years ago, the council rejected the planned $2.5-million project because of neighbors' concerns over reports of an increased risk of cancer from electromagnetic fields. But Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. sued to reverse the decision and won.
The issue will be reconsidered Monday at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street.
Annapolis man beaten, robbed in Eastport
An Annapolis man was beaten and robbed next to a convenience store in Eastport at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, city police said.
Vincent Willumson, of Burnside Street, told police he was assaulted and robbed of $9 and a baseball cap in the parking lot of the Royal Farm Store on 6th Street. He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment of a bruised jaw, cut lips and a bruised right arm, police said.
Stamp contest winner to be announced today
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will announce the winner of the 1993 Maryland Migratory Waterfowl STamp Design Contest at 1 p.m. today at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis.
The winning entry will appear on the stamp that hunters are required to buy for the 1993-94 Maryland waterfowl hunting season.
Entries have been submitted by such artists as Will Wilson of Baltimore; Bud Taylor of Edgewater, the contest's first winner; and Stanley Stearns of Chestertown, who has won the federal duck stamp contest.