Banners, parking permit fees on agenda

September 18, 1995|By Ellen Gamerman | Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF

Annapolis aldermen will convene again tonight to finish business that kept them wrangling into the early morning hours last week.

None of the issues on tonight's agenda appear to be as contentious as the resolutions endorsing a conference center in the West Street corridor and allowing temporary sidewalk cafes downtown that led to the 6 1/2 -hour session last Monday.

Tonight, the council will take up a bill that would bar signs or banners across downtown streets and another that would revoke fees for replacement parking permits. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Alderman Dean Johnson, a Ward 2 Independent, has called a special meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall to discuss proposals that would allow more downtown restaurants to close at 2 a.m.

The meeting will involve several of the people who helped draft the Ward One Sector Study, the comprehensive development blueprint for the downtown historic district.

A measure sponsored by Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, a Ward 8 Democrat, would revoke language in the sector plan that requires all but a handful of restaurants to stop serving alcohol and close by midnight.

The restaurants would still be required to apply for conditional use permits and submit to public hearings.

Another measure sponsored by Alderman Carl O. Snowden, a Ward 5 Democrat, would allow downtown restaurants to open nightclubs with 2 a.m. closing times.

Mr. Snowden contends the bill applies to only two restaurants, but some preservationists say it encompasses at least 18 downtown bars and restaurants. The bill does not require additional permitting or public hearings.

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