Annapolis council kills charter amendment plan Proposal would keep aldermen from interfering with municipal operations

October 14, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

The lame-duck Annapolis City Council last night killed a proposed charter amendment that would have kept council members from meddling in day-to-day municipal operations.

The council also tabled a proposed amendment that would have created a quasi-governmental authority to handle parking and transportation issues.

The proposals can be introduced in the new council, which convenes in January. The city general election is next month.

Some council members were sure that the measure that would prohibit alderman from interfering in daily government operations would be introduced in the next council.

"I still think we want it but I think it needs to be reworded," said Democratic Alderman Samuel Gilmer. He said the legislation should allow for an outside investigator to look into allegations of meddling.

"We don't have any individual authority that if there was someone interfering then we could find out about it," added Republican mayoral hopeful Dean Johnson.

Action on the proposal to create the quasi-government Annapolis Parking and Transportation Authority was postponed indefinitely, as were all other matters up for a second reading last night.

The Parking and Transportation Authority, which would sell bonds to pay for garages and road projects, was intensely debated during the political campaigns leading up to the September primary elections.

Supporters say the authority would help create more parking and establish traffic patterns without using taxpayer money while operating with the speed and efficiency of private industry.

But critics say such entities contain hidden costs for cities, and eliminate critical public participation and scrutiny.

They also fear that taxpayers might have to bail out a revenue authority if it made poor investments.

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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