Aldermen will discuss maintenance of streets

January 23, 1995|By Ellen Gamerman | Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer

Aldermen will consider the question of who owns certain Annapolis streets -- the city or the homeowners who live near them -- when the City Council meets at 7 p.m. today.

The council will hold a public hearing on whether the maintenance of private roads that run through certain neighborhoods should be paid for by taxpayers.

Now, the community associations in such private developments tax homeowners to pay for garbage collection, street cleaning and snow removal. But several aldermen, including Dean L. Johnson of Ward 2, Carl O. Snowden of Ward 5 and Ellen O. Moyer of Ward 8, contend the cost poses an unnecessary hardship for the residents of such communities.

The measure would apply to tony waterfront condominium complexes as well as lower-income units in downtown Annapolis. Critics of the legislation argue that the city should not pay for street maintenance in well-to-do communities set apart from the rest of the city.

The council also will hold hearings on several petitions by a car wash, a chain restaurant and a surplus store.

Shorewash Inc. in the 1900 block of West St. will ask for permission to stay open between noon and 1 p.m.

A year ago, the council ordered the car wash closed during the lunch hour because cars waiting in line clogged West Street. Owners of the car wash say the city rule costs them critical business.

The council also will consider an application by Morrison Restaurants Inc., the parent company for Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, to sell liquor at a restaurant planned in the 200 block of Summerville Road.

And council members will review a petition by Triangle Sign and RTC Service to install two 12-foot-by-6-foot signs at Sunny's Surplus in the first block of Old Solomons Island Road.

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