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Hearings slated on development projects funding


The Annapolis Finance Committee will hold a public hearing tonight to consider how much money to put toward several large-scale development projects in the city next year, including a high-profile renovation of City Dock.

Annapolis officials launched the $10 million project for the city's historic waterfront last month. This year, the city had hoped to put $1.5 million into the project, with the city and state contributing equal shares of the cost.

The state House Appropriations Committee rejected the idea, but the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee brokered a deal with city officials last week to grant Annapolis $500,000 for preliminary work on the project.

Now the city must decide how much money it will spend on the project in the next fiscal year. The city council must vote on the budget by April 30.

The city administration is lobbying for the renovation early and hopes to fix the dock area before boats from the Whitbread Round the World Race arrive in April 1998. The project would widen sidewalks, add landscaping and build a wraparound walkway by the water's edge.

The administration also has asked for $300,000 to renovate the Wiley H. Bates High School, $150,000 to renovate the Stanton Center on West Washington Street, $200,000 for road improvements citywide and $1.6 million for projects at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in the next fiscal year.

City budget hearings also are planned for April 11 at Adams Park Elementary School, April 12 at Annapolis Middle School and April 13 at City Hall. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

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