Council to vote on grants for seniors, family cases

January 17, 1995|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

The County Council will conduct public hearings tonight on bills that would earmark state grants for programs for seniors and family court cases.

The hearings and votes are formalities that permit adding the money received from the state to the current budget.

Anne Arundel was one of five counties that received grants from the state to implement programs to expedite the handling of family-related court cases.

The county's grant of $110,000 will be used to pay for services such as mediation to resolve cases before they get to court, or other efforts that would speed the handling of such cases.

"To me, it sounds like a great idea, something we should get started on and see how it works," said Councilman William C. Mulford II, a former prosecutor who represents Annapolis.

The county also has received two grants from the Maryland Office on Aging.

A $37,360 grant will be used to provide a supervised day program at the county's Arnold Senior Center in Arnold and at the Pascal Senior Center in Glen Burnie.

A second grant of $80,130 will go to the Senior Assisted Housing Program, which provides help to elderly people who are healthy enough to live at home but need some form of daily assistance or supervision.

The council also will hear bills that would shift money to a storm drain project in Cape St. Claire and modify the boundaries of the Buckingham Cove Waterways Improvement District.

The Cape St. Claire storm drain project bill has been heard by the council but needs a technical amendment to permit the transfer of bond money for the project.

The council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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