Annapolis imposes water restrictions for city residents...

Arundel Digest

July 03, 2002

Annapolis imposes water restrictions for city residents

Noting problems with one of its wells, Annapolis has declared a water emergency and has instituted mandatory water restrictions for city residents for the next two weeks.

Residents are prohibited from watering lawns, outdoor plants or trees; washing cars or other vehicles; hosing down sidewalks or building exteriors; filling swimming pools and operating outdoor fountains.

John B. Wheeler, assistant to the director of public works, said that one of the city's wells has been out of service since October and is under repair. Increased summer water use coupled with the drought has made a ban necessary because a water main break or major fire could lead to a critical water shortage, he said.

Wheeler said the ban, which went into effect yesterday, would likely be lifted in two weeks when the well is expected to be operational again.

Owens says county faces shortage of election judges

As Anne Arundel County elections officials adjust to the latest redistricting plan, County Executive Janet S. Owens is urging county residents to serve as election judges.

Election judges staff polling places and are responsible for administering voting procedures in each precinct.

"There is an urgent need for new election judge recruits," Owens said. "We require more than 1,800 election judges throughout the county on Election Day, and our recruit list is currently down by several hundred. In addition, redistricting added 17 new polling places in the county, furthering the need."

Election judges must be registered to vote in Maryland and be able to speak, read and write in English. They may not be candidates, campaign managers or treasurers for a candidate or political committee.

Payment for services in the primary and general elections will be mailed six weeks after the general election. Payments range from $100 to $130. A $25 payment for attending a training class also will be made. Information: 410-222-6600.

Owens names new head of information technology

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens has tapped Judy D. Coenen to be her information technology officer.

Coenen is head of the new Office of Information Technology. Her first day was Monday. She previously held management positions in industry and in government. Most recently, she worked for Benedictine Program and Services in Ridgely.

"Judy is a perfect fit for our new office," said Owens. "Her extensive government and private sector experience will be an invaluable asset as we build this new department."

The new Office of Information Technology brings together 75 positions from Central Services, 12 from Public Works, two each from Planning and Zoning and from Inspections and Permits and one from the detention center.

Coenen lives in St. Michaels with her husband. Her annual salary is $100,000.

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