Hopkins to repay if worker's raise is overturned
Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has promised to reimburse the city if the City Council revokes a raise he gave to a Fire Department secretary.
Mr. Hopkins again denied Monday night that he overstepped his authority in securing a raise for Pat Como. Several aldermen said the raise should have been approved by the council and should not have been given at a time when the city is reviewing all its job descriptions.
The issue was turned over to the council's Finance Committee for review.
"I don't feel the employee should be penalized financially, whatever the decision is," Mr. Hopkins said. "I didn't do anything intentionally wrong. I did what past administrators did."
At the request of Alderman Carl O. Snowden, the city attorney looked into the issue and determined the secretary's position was reclassified, which requires council approval.
In other business Monday night, the council approved a bill exempting restaurants from a drawn-out conditional use process.
The action paves the way for Middleton Tavern to expand its upstairs kitchen without having to meet a long list of conditions, including installing a brick pavement in front of the restaurant.
Parole design plan goes before advisory board
The county planning and zoning staff will present a draft of the Parole Urban Design Plan tonight to an advisory board considering proposals to renew the Annapolis suburb.
The plan is an attempt to transform the 1,300-acre area that has the Parole Plaza as its core into a scenic town center. The collection of retail stores would be replaced by a mixed-use development with retail stores on the first floor, and offices and residences on upper floors.
Proposals include making Parole the hub of a transportation complex with lines to Washington and Baltimore. A people mover or light rail line to Annapolis is a possibility.
After a plan is devised and submitted to County Executive Robert R. Neall, it will be proposed as legislation to the County Council. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room on the second floor of the Heritage Office Center at 2664 Riva Road.
Annapolis man charged with attempted murder
A 35-year-old Annapolis man was charged with attempted murder early Monday after he allegedly stabbed another man with a 10-inch steak knife, city police said.
Dwight Stansbury of the 1800 block of Bowman Court was arrested about 1 a.m. on charges of assault with intent to murder after a violent dispute in the Bowman Court public housing community.
Witnesses told police Mr. Stansbury stabbed a 36-year-old man from Town Pines Court after a brief exchange of words.
Mr. Stansbury allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed him in the lower abdomen, police said.
The victim was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment.
Lamb wins award from counties group
The National Association of Counties has presented its Distinguished Service Award to County Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, an Annapolis Democrat.
Ms. Lamb received the award in February for her leadership, vision and distinguished service in promoting an effective system of services for children. As a member of the Nation
al Association of Counties' Human Services and Education Subcommittee, Ms. Lamb served as chairwoman of the Education, Children and Families Committee.