Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 05, 2007

Leopold reassigns Land-use staff

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has eliminated the Land Use and Environment Office, reassigning staff to two other departments in a move that he said would save $700,000 a year.

Eight staff positions have been cut, and the remaining employees are now working in the Department of Public Works, Inspection and Permits, and the Office of Planning and Zoning. Existing vacancies in these three agencies will be used for most of these transfers, he said in a statement Wednesday.

"This is one more example of how I can make county government more efficient and meet my commitment to providing essential services at less cost," Leopold said.

The staff has been reassigned to the departments listed below according to the critical elements of their programs. The following departments have absorbed programs:

Department of Inspections and Permits - Reforestation and Buffer Management Program

Office of Planning and Zoning - archaeology and historical preservation and the Critical Area Program manager

Department of Public Works - watershed management programs.

Jessup roundabout is ready for use

The new traffic roundabout in Jessup is now open to traffic.

The $1.2 million roundabout is at the intersection of Wigley Avenue, Montevideo Road and Forest Avenue.

Construction began in August following community concerns about safety, said Pam Jordan, a county land-use spokeswoman.

The circular intersections are designed to safely move traffic in a counterclockwise direction. Anne Arundel now has 15.

Signs will be posted in this location until Jan. 16 to alert motorists to new traffic patterns.

Evaluations open for septic systems

County homeowners and contractors who rely on septic systems can start scheduling wet-season site evaluations on Wednesday.

The county Department of Health's Environmental Health Division will assess a septic system's ability to function effectively, offering percolation tests during the wettest time of the year - February through April. The information determines the size and type of septic system needed on a specific lot.

During the last fiscal year, the county performed more than 2,800 "perc" tests.

Testing is arranged on a first-come, first-served basis, with testing set to begin Jan. 16.

To apply for a perc test, visit the county Permit Application Center at 2664 Riva Road in Annapolis, call the Environmental Health Division at 410-222-7193, or visit www.aahealth.org.

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