The Annapolis City Council has scheduled a public hearing tonight ona plan by the Loews Annapolis Hotel to add a meeting and banquet facility to its West Street property.

The meeting and banquet hall would be located in a former powerhouse on the property.

Loews announced plans to renovate the four-star hotel when the company purchased it from Radisson last year.

In other action tonight, the council will hear a report from United Cable Television general manager Terry Hicks on progress the company has made in the last year in providing service.

In an interview Friday, Hicks said the company has rebuilt its system, improving picture quality and expandingfrom 35 to 54 channels. United Cable added Showtime and pay-per-viewchannels, among others, and part-time channels that once shared channels now have their own.

He said service calls have dropped 30 percent, outages have been cut in half and telephone waits have been reduced.

"A lot of real positive things are happening," Hicks said.

The council also will vote on a resolution proposed by Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8, opposing the state 2020 Commission's controversial proposed growth controls, which would concentrate growth in already developed areas.

In testimony to the General Assembly last week, City Administrator Michael Mallinoff said the proposals don't allow cities any control over growth that occurs just outside their borders, such as Annapolis faces in Parole. He said the state should develop legislation that would allow cities to have such control.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in City Hall on Duke of Gloucester Street.

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