Ending months of debate, the Annapolis city council quickly and unanimously approved a design plan last night for the revitalization of Inner West Street.
Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins had decided to postpone the vote last week to seek more funding for the multimillion dollar project. But he changed his mind and decided to allow the resolution to come up for a vote as a show of faith to city residents and county and state officials that Annapolis is committed to the project.
Hopkins, who met with state officials yesterday and expects to meet with Gov. Parris N. Glendening soon to ask for state funding, told the council that the resolution "doesn't bind us in money, but shows the governor we are behind what we want to do."
The plan, which is expected to cost about $12 million, includes building a traffic circle, improving sidewalks, roads, street lights and underground utilities on the seven-block stretch of West Street from Taylor Avenue to Church Circle.
The state has committed between $1 million to $2 million for construction of a $4.9 million traffic circle at West Street and Taylor Avenue, a key project in the revitalization effort. But city officials agree that Annapolis does not have nearly the amount needed because it has set aside only $3.2 million in its capital budget for the $12 million project.
In other matters, the council had not yet voted on a resolution that would have changed the city's public relations officer's job from an appointed to merit position. If passed, the resolution would provide job security to the current spokesman, Tom Roskelly, and boost his salary from $50,019 to $55,148. The resolution also would create a job description spelling out his duties.
The council was expected to send the resolution to the city's finance committee for further study.
Pub Date: 12/10/96