Carnival success bolsters improvement group's outlook

November 15, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

A strong summer carnival has allowed the board of directors of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association to propose a $162,656 budget for next year, up more than $16,000 from the current spending plan.

Katherine DeGrange, the association's treasurer, said the Big Glen Burnie Carnival raised $114,222 this year. Last year, it brought in $97,008. Carnival revenue makes up almost 70 percent of the association's budget.

In the past, the carnival often closed some nights of its weeklong run because of rain, which hurt profits. But not this year.

"The weather was better, and we looked at the report, and our expenses were down this year," said Barbara Moeller, who co-chaired the carnival.

Five community activities or groups that were not included in this year's budget would receive about $7,000, thanks to the increase.

Glen Burnie Health Center Association, North County Emergency Outreach Network and the Salvation Army each would receive $1,000 under the spending plan. Two Girl Scout troops from Richard Henry Lee Elementary school -- Troops 1342 and 318 -- each would receive $375.

Capt. Diane Shingleton, commander of the Glen Burnie Salvation Army, said "we're very appreciative" to be included in the proposed budget.

The largest chunk of the proposed budget -- $64,800 -- is earmarked for maintenance, repairs, equipment and furniture needed around the association's hall and grounds, including $3,100 to fill in a depression in the association's parking lot created when an oil tank was removed.

The budget also would provide $2,500 for the Glen Burnie Summer Concert Series, which the association co-sponsors with the Glen Burnie Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County. The concerts are held on the plaza at Arundel Center North.

In addition, the board proposes to spend $5,000 to hire maintenance personnel for the association's meeting hall on Crain Highway because of a decline in volunteer help, DeGrange said.

The spending plan also places $5,000 in a light rail fund that can be used for extra newsletters or to hold special meetings to discuss the Mass Transit Administration's (MTA) proposal to extend light rail south from Cromwell Station to downtown Glen Burnie, DeGrange said.

The MTA has proposed four routes for extending light rail into town, one of which would come down Post 40 Road near the association's carnival grounds.

If that route were chosen, money from the light rail fund would be used to conduct a survey of the association's property and for legal fees if the association fights the MTA's plans, DeGrange said.

In August, members of the association approved a resolution supporting the extension of a light rail system south from Cromwell Station to Glen Burnie's downtown along Eighth Avenue.

The association's board also has proposed a $13,806 contingency fund, an increase of nearly $6,000 from last year's budget.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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