Annapolis council votes $80 million for five-year improvement program

April 12, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

The Annapolis City Council voted 8-1 last night to approve a five-year, $80 million capital improvement program that includes money for reconstruction of Main Street, but postponed spending on construction for a residential drug-treatment center.

The budget for fiscal 1995 through 1999 is virtually the same as the one proposed last month. However, $173,000 had been added to the package for expansion of the Stanton Community Center at Clay and West Washington streets.

Council members decided to postpone that expenditure by at least a year, to allow time for public hearings.

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, which begins July 1 of this year.

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

City department heads received $6 million in the budget for fiscal 1995. That was what they had asked for projects including the reconstruction of Main Street, repayment to Anne Arundel County for a sewer treatment plant on Edgewood Road and replacement of 60-year-old pipes at another treatment plant.

Other projects in the fiscal 1995 budget 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.

The council considered nine amendments to the budget, passing two of them -- to pay for road improvements to Cumberland Court, in the historic district of downtown Annapolis, and to delay funding for the treatment center.

The only vote against the budget was cast by Alderman Louise Hammond, a Democrat from Ward 1 who is the council's newest member. She said she lacked adequate information to support the budget.

In other action, the council agreed to annex 18 acres of land owned by the Capital newspaper -- the site of the company's offices on Capital Drive. The city already was providing fire, police and utility services to the company.

The company, which asked for the annexation, owes the city more than $90,000 for water service -- for which it had been paying a higher rate because it was outside Annapolis.

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