Panel to hear capital spending plan

March 28, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

The Finance Committee of the Annapolis City Council will hold a public hearing on the city's fiscal 1995 capital improvement program budget at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall.

The five-year plan calls for $79 million worth of capital improvements, but city department heads are seeking only $7 million in city money for the 1995 fiscal year.

The biggest projects for the next fiscal year are rebricking Main Street, repaying Anne Arundel County for a sewer treatment plant on Edgewood Road and replacing 60-year-old pipes at another treatment plant. The single biggest item in the budget plan is $24 million to create a new landfill early in the next century. No money is being asked for the project for the 1995 fiscal year, and city officials expect that most of the cost will be covered by state and federal grants.

Most of the projects in the plan have been scheduled for some time, said City Administrator Michael Mallinoff.

The Main Street project, from Green Street to Church Circle, is expected to cost about $4.9 million and would include burying overhead utility lines and reconstructing the brick sidewalks.

City officials have included $2.37 million in their budget for the project and are asking the state to contribute $2.5 million. The plan has been endorsed by Anne Arundel's Senate delegation.

The city's share of the Edgewood Road plant is $1.37 million. It must pay $1.09 million to replace aging pipes at the other treatment plant.

Missing from the budget are funds to pay for a proposed conference center.

Other projects in the fiscal 1995 capital budget request include:

* $97,000 toward the $329,000 it will cost to replace the city's 726 parking meters by the end of the decade.

* $20,000 of $239,000 needed to build miniparks in several locations.

* $50,000 to design new city government offices.

Copies of the budget may be obtained from Central Services Director Emory Harrison at 263-7944.

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