Annapolis OKs new sewer rate for Naval Academy The...

Arundel Digest

January 15, 2002

Annapolis OKs new sewer rate for Naval Academy

The Annapolis city council approved last night a long-debated amended rate for sewer service to the Naval Academy.

In a 6-3 vote, the council approved the measure, which increases the Naval Academy's sewer rate about 65 percent - from $1.57 per thousand gallons to $2.59; the change is retroactive to July.

The new rate is 70 cents lower than that paid by other high-volume customers, including the state and St. John's College. The city raised rates for other customers by about 65 percent in March 2000.

Alderman Sheila M. Tolliver introduced an amendment that would have sent the city back to the negotiating table with the Naval Academy by June 30 next year; the proposed amendment failed last night.

"This is a fairness issue in my mind," Tolliver said. "I don't think the federal government's sewage costs less to treat than yours or mine."

But City Attorney Paul Goetzke said he feared the proposed amendment would run afoul of a contract provision that provides for renegotiating the rate when the city raises rates for other customers.

County police search for Glen Burnie woman

Anne Arundel County police were searching last night for a 70-year-old bar owner who was missing from her house in Glen Burnie, where police found blood stains.

Based on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, police said they consider Laverne May Browning a "critically missing person."

Browning's son, Randy Browning, called police yesterday about 9:30 a.m. after he went to his mother's house in the 200 block of Margate Drive and couldn't find her or her car, police said. Police said they found enough blood at the house to raise suspicions about the nature of the woman's disappearance. They did not say where in the house the blood was found.

Laverne Browning, owner of Captain Buck's bar on Fort Smallwood Road, was last seen Saturday evening, according to police.

Randy Browning also told police that his wife, Tamie Browning, has been missing since Friday. Investigators have no reason to believe the disappearances are linked, Officer Charles Ravenell said last night.

Anyone with information about Laverne Browning or her daughter-in-law is asked to call county police at 410-222-6135.

Boiler explosion injures 2, forces closure of school

Two Anne Arundel County school maintenance workers were injured when a boiler exploded at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, forcing the Pasadena school to close yesterday, authorities said.

Chesapeake Bay, the county's largest middle school with 1,700 pupils, was expected to be open today, school officials said.

The workers, identified by fire officials as Qamar Ahmad, 49, of Glen Burnie and Michael Marshall, 41, of Baltimore, suffered minor burns, said Ralph Luther, director of construction and facilities for the school system. The workers were treated at North Arundel Hospital and released, Luther said.

He said state inspectors and representatives from the boiler manufacturer were investigating the cause of the explosion yesterday.

Most of the damage was limited to one of two 4-month-old boilers, officials said. The building was closed after the 6:41 a.m. explosion so inspectors could make sure the structure was safe, said Fire Division Chief John M. Scholz.

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