By Dick Ladd
Councilman, District 5
During July, the Council considered and passed a number of budget- and administrative-related bills needed to implement the 2013 budget in addition to considering Charter Review Proposals.
Some of the 2013 budget actions are starting to actualize. The allocation process of the 100 additional teachers reflects very good news for both the Severna Park and Broadneck High School feeder districts.
Additional Severna Park teaching positions go to Benfield Elementary (second grade), Folger McKinsey Elementary (first grade), Jones Elementary (kindergarten, second and third grade), Oak Hill Elementary (kindergarten), Severna Park Elementary (fifth grade) and Shipleys Choice (third grade).
Additional Broadneck teaching positions go to Broadneck Elementary (fifth grade), Cape St. Claire Elementary (first grade) and Broadneck High. Final adjustments based on class size projections will be made through the end of August.
On the construction side, ground is being prepared to initiate construction of Severna Park Elementary Schools additional kindergarten rooms. Bids are also being solicited for the new Eastern District Police Station on Pasadena Road just east of Ritchie Highway.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 2 for the initial section (Phase IA) of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail. This initial section will extend along the north side of College Parkway from Green Holly Drive to Cape St. Claire Road and down Cape St. Claire Road to Walnut Ridge Road. Phase IB to continue on to Bay Head Road remains unfunded.
Design work for Phase II of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail from Green Holly west to Bay Dale Drive is projected for completion late this summer with construction funding currently programmed for FY 2015.
The council has considered about 20 proposed changes for the county charter, six of which have already been approved by the council for ratification on the November ballot. I expect at least eight more to be approved in early August.
The most significant changes will deal with the conditions that permit disqualifying or otherwise removing the county executive or a member of the county council from office and the process for selecting a replacement. I plan to review the ballot propositions next month.
We send our sincere best wishes to the new president of Anne Arundel Community College, Dr. Dawn Lindsay, and to the new police chief, Larry Tolliver.