City Council will try to recoup unpaid bill


The Annapolis City Council meeting will begin tonight with a closed session to discuss how the city should try to collect a $90,000 water and sewer debt from the Capital-Gazette Newspaper, city officials said.

Although the newspaper in the 2000 block of Capital Drive is not within the city limits, the city still provides water and sewer service. City officials said the bill has not been paid in almost two years. During tonight's session in the city attorney's office, the council will be briefed by attorneys on the status of the situation, city officials said. Edward Casey, the paper's executive editor, said he did not know anything about the unpaid bill.

During the open session of the meeting, the council will discuss annexation and zoning of a 1.7 acre tract that would include the property on which the Capital-Gazette offices are located.

Also on the agenda is the continuation of testimony on the proposal to build a microbrewery beside the Ram's Head Tavern in downtown Annapolis.

The proposal from W. M. Enterprises, owner of the Ram's Head at 33 West St., received no public opposition during a hearing last week. W. M. Enterprises is seeking approval to establish the microbrewery, which would produce about 3,000 barrels of lager and ale a year. A vote on the proposal will be held sometime next month.

County officials will make their final presentation for a new Circuit Court on Church Circle. The plan has been approved by the city Historic District Commission and will be voted on by the council next month.

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