Action on funds for Woodlawn school planned


Baltimore County is moving quickly to build an elementary school in Woodlawn, with County Council action scheduled for tonight on planning money for the project -- even as the council begins examining the Ruppersberger administration's proposed $1.6 billion budget.

Budget work sessions are scheduled every afternoon for two weeks, as council members go over each department's request to see where cuts may be made.

Tonight, the council is being asked to approve the transfer of $500,000 from several other projects to speed planning for the $11 million Dogwood Road school.

The county is eager to complete the building by August 2000 to relieve crowding, mainly at nearby Chadwick Elementary, the county's most crowded school.

The $500,000 transfer would be used to hire an architect. The proposed capital budget includes $8.2 million for construction, with the rest requested from the state.

Also tonight, the council is set to approve a contract to study the long-range development potential of the 45-acre Owings Mills Metro Station parking lot on the west side of Painters Mill Road.

The study, financed by the state and the county, would cost a maximum of $66,500. Consultants Lipman, Frizzell and Mitchell are to conduct the study, which is to be completed by Oct. 1. It would include a development plan for the land and a strategy for implementing and financing it.

The state Mass Transit Administration is paying $35,000, or 54 percent of the cost.

Pub Date: 5/04/98

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