SMART fund vote could be postponed


November 04, 2007|By From staff reports

The Anne Arundel County Council may not vote on the SMART fund to restore county waterways damaged by runoff until December, Council Chairman Ronald C. Dillon Jr. said last week.

Dillon, a Republican, is working with Democrats Josh Cohen and Jamie Benoit on an amendment that would create a system requiring all property owners to pay for the restoration.

Dillon said details have yet to be finalized and would likely not be ready to be presented tomorrow night.

The Stormwater Management and Restoration of Tributaries fund, proposed by County Executive John R. Leopold, a Republican, would raise an estimated $5.4 million through fees based on the creation of impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks and home additions.

Dillon, Cohen and Benoit said their amendment would seek to raise more money while passing fees onto most home and business owners.

Dillon said the revisions would be ready for the Nov. 19 meeting. If amendments are approved then, a final vote would be pushed back until December.

Shoulder closed on Pasadena road

The State Highway Administration has closed a road shoulder at a busy Pasadena intersection to ease residents' worries about safety.

The closing along eastbound Mountain Road at South Carolina Avenue, which was announced Friday, will remain in effect until the SHA installs a traffic signal in the spring. The closing will not affect the travel lanes of Mountain Road or South Carolina Avenue.

Motorists have used the shoulder to turn right from eastbound Mountain Road onto South Carolina, creating an unsafe blind spot for motorists trying to turn left from South Carolina Road onto westbound Mountain Road.

The Mountain Road shoulder at the intersection is not wide enough to be used as a turn lane.

Moyer attends climate conference

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer joined about 100 other mayors in Seattle at the 2007 Mayors Climate Summit on Thursday and Friday.

This summit, a gathering of American mayors on climate issues, is sponsored by the United States Conference of Mayors.

Friday, the group announced a partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative that will assist the efforts of hundreds of cities to reduce carbon emissions.

The partnership will enable 100 cities to gain access to volume discounts on energy-efficient and clean-energy products and technologies through the initiative's purchasing consortium.

Those benefits were previously available only to the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, a group of 40 of the world's largest cities that is working to combat global climate change.

"I wish everyone could feel the excitement, energy and possibilities being discussed here," Moyer said. "It is honestly one of the best conferences I have ever attended."

Democratic panel elects members

Two new members have been elected to the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee.

Nancy C. Krashoc of District 31 and Walter Dow of District 32 were elected at a meeting Thursday.

The committee meets the first Thursday of the month, alternating between Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Its next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Ferndale Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie.

County gets $825,000 for upgrading parks

The state Board of Public Works has awarded $825,000 in Program Open Space money to reimburse Anne Arundel County for building and upgrading two Anne Arundel County parks.

For the new Davidsonville Park, $450,000 was granted for the installation of energy-efficient lighting on athletic fields, the construction of a picnic shelter and two volleyball courts, and improvements to parking.

An additional $375,000 was set aside for Deale-Tracy's Park in Tracy's Landing, where lights on the multipurpose fields were replaced, new bathrooms were installed at the concession stand and trails were upgraded.

"These are ones that have been in the hopper for a while, but we're always appreciative for the state's support through Program Open Space," said Frank Marzuco, the county parks and recreation director. "The community depends on it."

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