Anne Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 14, 2003

County announces new procedure for tracking inventory

ANNAPOLIS - Anne Arundel County government is going to begin keeping better track of its property, a top county official said Friday.

The announcement of a new inventory procedure follows an October auditor's report stating that the county had lost track of many of its computers, largely because of a lackluster procedure for keeping inventory of its property.

Under the new system, department heads will conduct annual inventories of all their assets, said Robert L. Walker, chief administrative officer. Bar codes and scanners are to be used.

Walker said the procedures emphasize the segregation of duties. The computer audit found that one person has custody of surplus property, authority to dispose of the property and the responsibility to maintain the records.

Assets valued at more than $1,000, all furniture and "sensitive items such as cameras" will be counted in inventory.

6 businesses cited in sales of cigarettes to a minor

ANNAPOLIS - Six Anne Arundel County stores were cited for selling cigarettes to a 17-year-old police cadet during a sting operation, county police said last week.

The teen-ager went into the stores -all on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park and Arnold - on Wednesday. Employees in all of the stores sold him cigarettes and none asked for identification, police said.

Police identified the stores as Amoco, Crown, Exxon, Shell, 7-Eleven and Royal Farms.

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