Annapolis to weigh $79 million improvement budget

April 11, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

Annapolis City Council members are expected to approve tonight a five-year, $79 million capital improvement program that includes money for reconstruction of Main Street and an addition to the Stanton Community Center for a drug treatment program.

The budget for fiscal 1995 through 1999 is virtually the same as the one proposed last month with the exception of an additional $175,000 for the expansion at the Stanton Center at Clay and West Washington streets.

A third floor would be added to the center for a residential treatment program for drug-addicted women and their children.

The families would be allowed to stay at the center for six months.

Although some residents had voiced concerns that the treatment center would interfere with recreational activities, Alderman Carl O. Snowden said the programs and the center would be able to co-exist.

The single biggest item in the five-year budget plan is $24 million to create a landfill early next century. No money is being asked for the project for fiscal 1995.

Municipal officials expect that most of the cost will be covered by state and federal grants.

City department heads are seeking only about $7 million in city money for fiscal 1995.

The biggest projects are the Main Street work, repaying Anne Arundel County for a sewer treatment plant on Edgewood Road and replacing 60-year-old pipes at another treatment plant.

Although a request for state money to help with the $4.9 million Main Street reconstruction remains in limbo, the city intends to keep its share of the funding -- $2.37 million -- intact.

Other projects in the fiscal 1995 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 mini-parks in several locations.

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

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