Gary gives delegation his wish list for legislature State bond money, landfill legislation top executive's agenda

January 05, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

County Executive John G. Gary outlined for the county's General Assembly delegation last night an ambitious legislative agenda that includes $2.6 million in state bonds for capital projects.

Among the legislation sought by Mr. Gary are measures to require liners in rubble landfills, establish a separate authority to develop and manage golf courses, and award multiple liquor licenses to restaurant chains.

At the top of his construction agenda is $2 million in state bonds to help fund the rehabilitation of the vacant Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis.

Under a plan that will eventually cost $11 million to $15 million, the historic school -- at one time the only county high school for blacks -- would be converted for mixed use, including housing for senior citizens, a day care center, a youth center and other community facilities.

The executive characterized his overall legislative agenda as "ambitious."

"It's a large package, but I think most of the things we are asking for are reasonable," Mr. Gary said.

"The delegation certainly is going to be more than willing to work with his agenda," said Del. Phillip D. Bissett, an Annapolis-area Republican.

Del. Joan Cadden, a Brooklyn Park Democrat, called the agenda reasonable but said Mr. Gary might not get all he wants.

A key part of Mr. Gary's legislative agenda is for Anne Arundel to gain the power to set its own requirements for liners in landfills.

Some counties do not want to restrict landfill operations, but a law leaving it up to the individual counties may be easier to pass, Mr. Gary told the lawmakers.

He also wants legislation that would allow the county to charge private solid-waste-disposal companies a fee for each ton of waste they transport out of Arundel, allowing the county to gain revenue from a lucrative industry.

In another bid to tap into a money-making industry, Mr. Gary wants legislation establishing an independent authority that would develop and manage public golf courses. The county has one public course and a second is planned for the Pasadena area off Fort Smallwood Road.

The golf authority would generate revenue that would be funneled back into the Department of Recreation and Parks, which now operates the course, to be used for recreational activities and to build more courses.

The county can support four golf courses, Mr. Gary said.

Other legislation sought by Mr. Gary would allow the county to grant multiple liquor licenses to restaurant chains. Under current county law, businesses may have only one liquor license, preventing restaurant chains from opening in more than one location.

He also wants state help in getting more part-time deputy sheriffs for the new county courthouse that will open in about two years.

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