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May 08, 1994

County Council plans public hearings

The Anne Arundel County Council goes on the road this week with four evening public hearings on the proposed fiscal 1995 budget.

The first two meetings will take place in the north county and the final two in the southern part of the county. In both locations, one hearing will focus on the general county budget and the other on the capital and operating budgets for the school system.

The council is considering County Executive Robert R. Neall's proposed $711 million operating budget for the county. The council will make its final decisions at the end of the month.

Mr. Neall is proposing a 4 percent salary increase for all county employees. The big-ticket capital projects include $24 million to start building a circuit courthouse, $1.2 million to match state funds to plan a new jail complex, $4 million for road resurfacing, and $7.5 million for a new fine arts building at Anne Arundel Community College.

In the school budget, Mr. Neall will add 128 new positions, including 31 teachers, 12 guidance counselors, 21 special education teachers and 28 health aides.

The schedule for the hearings, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., is:

* Monday: general budget hearing at Old Mill High School, 600 Patriot Lane, Millersville.

* Tuesday: school budget hearing at Old Mill High School.

* Wednesday: general budget hearing at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road.

* Thursday: school budget hearing at Annapolis High School.

Fort Meade closing part of Route 198

Officials at Fort Meade are closing Route 198 at 6 a.m. tomorrow from Bald Eagle Drive east to the Welch Bridge over the Little Patuxent River to rebuild the section leading into the post.

The road will be closed for about two weeks. It may reopen sooner if work goes smoothly, says Don McClow, a spokesman for Fort Meade.

The closure will allow repaving of about 1,000 feet of Route 198 and the addition of a westbound left-turn lane from Route 198 onto Bald Eagle Drive.

A guardhouse and a turnout area already have been removed, Mr. McClow says.

The Army is paying $44,000 for the work, which will be performed by the Driggs Corp., a Washington, D.C.-area contractor.

Drivers will have to use the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to reach Route 32 from Route 198.

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