Council to resume discussion of 1995 budget

June 13, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

A divided and contentious Annapolis City Council will resume discussion tonight of a 1995 operating budget.

Alderman Wayne Turner, a Ward 5 Republican, is expected to suggest that the council discard the recommendations of its finance committee and take up the budget proposal of Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.

The mayor's $37.8 million spending plan would reduce garbage collection from twice a week to once a week, eliminate the jobs of 13 public works employees and cut Sunday bus service and routes into the county.

The finance committee's $38.5 million plan would restore the garbage collection, jobs and bus routes, but would raise revenue by levying a special business fee and selling a fire station on Duke of Gloucester Street.

A public hearing on the budget will be at 6 a.m.

After the hearing, the council will vote on a package of legislation to regulate offices, restaurants, bed-and-breakfast inns and parking and transportation in the city's First Ward.

The legislation would create three conservation districts -- one for residences, one for businesses and one for professional offices.

The legislation also would require new restaurants to close by midnight and limit them to 50 percent of their revenue from sales of alcoholic beverages.

A proposal regulating the establishment of new bed and breakfasts would limit them to five guest rooms, require owners to provide parking passes for guests and limit the number of bed and breakfasts in a given block.

The legislation was generated by committees of residents, business leaders and city officials who studied downtown.

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