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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Interception held the key for 'Skins Dl City Council delays sidewalk cafe vote SEE ARUNDEL REPORT Bl GAME TWO COVERAGE D1 Two STRAIGHT Cleveland just can't hit as Braves take lead in series MONDAY OCTOBER MD 350 Traffic circles bounce back Funds sought for West St. roundabout By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer It has been 300 years since Gov Francis Nicholson included Church and State circles in his plan for and more than 200 years since Pierre L'Enfant designed a now familiar pattern of rings and avenues in DC For the past 10 New Jersey has been ripping up round- abouts installed in the 1920s and 1930s Now in Anne Arundel County and the notion has come full circle Officials in Annapolis and the would be developer of 70 acres near Glen Burnie are promoting compact circles even as a controversial project in Lothian nears completion Inspired by their use in Austra lia and the State Highway Administration has since 1993 built roundabouts m Howard and Cecil counties A fourth is under construction in Washington with a modified oval proposed for Tow son goal is to consider traffic roundabouts at any locations where we're considering signals or having a problem involving intersection said Tom director of traffic safety for the SHA Crash rates are highest at traf- fic lights he said we can avoid putting in we will' At about 100 feet across most new roundabouts are one third the size of urban circles They generally have tiny center islands with truck a single 15-foot travel lane and that guide and slow traffic on the approach Recent roundabouts have cost about each while a circle at the intersection of West Spa Road and Taylor Avenue in Annapolis could cost A traffic signal typically costs plus a year in maintenance But to Mr there's more to the issue than the start-up Tom director of traffic shows an overhead photograph of a roundabout at routes 144 and 94 In Lisbon In Howard County. Only two both have been reported since the State Highway Administration Installed the compact traffic circle years ago. A similar circle Is nearlng completion In Lothian. By J Henson The Capital pnoe cost money lots of he said At crossroads that function congestion is another hidden cost In the five years before the Howard County roundabout was installed at routes 144 and 40 accidents were reported Two fender-benders have occurred since Traffic engineers grade the Spa West-Taylor intersection with a for frequent backups each morning rush hour and an unacceptable each night But after a consultant hired by the city concluded that with a traffic the area would merit an Annapolis applied to the state for funds that intersection is so horrible The circle that eliminates said Lynise De- a city transportation plan- ner The roundabout also is seen as a western anchor for a corridor not quite part of the Historic and separate from a stretch or auto dealers and fast-food restau- rants closer to Parole a wonderful idea from an urban design tying this part of the city said Dirk a city urban design spe- cialist would hopefully help to revitalize that and bring some interest to that part of West Large and small circles are bemg considered for the with the city and the SHA leaning in opposite directions don't want bigger Mr Hicks said is what kills the roundabouts In layout and in Lothian is a long way from and the head of a local business group says perplexed residents often ask him if SHA officials recognize the difference 'What's going on with these guys' Why can't they Page Plan aimed at renewed West St. Businesses and residents join to work on package By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Another plan to rebuild inner West Street is taking 10 years after the city's first try The unveiled last runs from zoning changes to tax breaks It would allow five-story buildings under some make it easier to build houses and and ban uses including new homeless shelters and stand- alone bars The plan also calls for the city and state to spend money on im- proving the street including a traffic circle at Taylor Avenue city has to put money in to spark said Planning and Zoning Director Eileen P Fo- garty Her department and Economic Development Director Mary Burk holder wrote the with input from businesses and the three neighborhoods off inner West Street hoping that the incentives will attract people who up until now haven't been willing to take a chance on West said Alder- man Louise D Ward 1 She said residents hope the plan would succeed where an earlier one failed a decade ago The preface to the 1985 plan described the seven-block stretch as with a mix of vacant parcels and car shopfronts and many of which were built in the 30 year period from the turn of the century to the Depres sion the real estate market began its collapse a year later and spotiked Ms Fogarty said Since several large parcels on the street have sat untouched A year ago. the city re-examined its plan and looked for new ways to improve its first plan Inner West Street Study area Capital grapfxc On the city's advis- ory committee approved the new plan with minor revi sions The authors said the plan would encourage development by Making all residential con struction a permitted instead of a conditional use shortening the city review process Permitting five-story one higher than allowed if one- quarter of the space is for retail or making buildings profit- able while encouraging round-the- clock use don't want a dead Ms Fogarty said Allowing gradual payment of the fees for hooking up to water and sewer service a change the county made last year that cuts builders' up-front costs Granting tax credits for im- piovements on inner West Page Haunted houses put safety first after suit INSIDE ByP.J.SHUEY Staff Writer Following a lawsuit last year over a haunted house display in organizers of similar events this year want to frighten children with out scaring them into the hospital A lawsuit was filed by the family of 9-year-old Ross Dabbondanza of Dunkirk against the_ county after the child was injured at a haunted house event sponsored by the Deale Volunteer Fire Department The child was so frightened by chain saw-wielding volunteers that he blindly ran away from the build- ing and fell in a ditch cutting his leg on a piece of metal and requir- ing eight stitches The family settled with the county The amount was not imme diately available Deale volunteers changed proce dures at which continues this year at the fire de partment more strictly said a volunteer official who asked not to be identified Christopher an Annapolis attorney who represented the Said the lawsuit provided a lesson should be a level of fun tempered by a level of Christopher Annapolis attorney should be a level of fun tempered by a level of he said Jim director of activities for the Mago Vista Athletic Associa- said he and other Haunted House organizers this year got the message from Deale ver was running the chain le he ARUNDEL Motorcycle group claims discrimination Bl Castro s speech in Harlem brings the crowd to its feet A2 Tornado left its but little serious damage 84 Terps can't afford to lose if they want to go bowling PI Unlicensed doctor was des perate to be surgeon A4 Annapolis Scout leader quits after atheistic bov excluded Arundel Broad s Death The Mago Vista Athletic Associa- tion will hold its own Haunted complete with chain saw wielding but he said safety is the main concern a little less he said. is for thaJdds still going to have a chain but I've got a responsible adult doing it I know everything's going Pace Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Classified ..........268-7000 Circulation..............2684800 From Kent 327-1583 AH other 268-5000 ByJOHNKEILMAN Staff Writer Mike Houchens thinks one of the nation's bedrock organizations is acting downright un American The Annapolis Cub Scout den leader resigned last week and pulled his son oat of the group after reading about the banishment of a Southern Maryland Scout who didn't believe in God against everything I believe he said don't know the constitutional law aspect of but I think it's Mr Houchens' decision will end two years' association with Pack based in the Rolling Knolls area of CrownsviHe The incident that sparked his departure happened last month in Solomons Clifford was ejected from Troop 427 after six years in the Boy Scouts His offense was atheism The Supreme Court has upheld such expulsions It ruled in 1993 that the Scouts could bar a subur- ban Chicago boy who said he was an agnostic The club was not subject to a federal ban on discrimination in public the MIKE HOUCHENS Iwnrlnf Pack 91 court said Scouting officials said the demand for faith shouldn't come as a sur prise Boy Scouts of America has a declaration of religious which is right in the said Dick communications director of the Baltimore-area dis- trict The declaration reads mem- ber can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obli- gation to God Although Scouts are required to believe in a supreme being there is no requirement for religious activ- Mr Behrens said Yet Mr Houchens isn't the only one who thinks the policy is unfair Cape St Claire resident Brenton an atheist and a former Boy Scout said Clifford's exclusion will end his 20 years of contributions to the club He said unlike other religious groups he helps fund through the United the Scouts are discrim matory and hypocritical love to see what happens when a Scout goes in and '1 have a god his name is Mr Campbell said Mr Houchens' den will be leader less for a but Pack 91 Cub master Jay Irwm said it shouldn't be hard to get another volunteer He sounded a bit baffled at the resignation is part of the Scouting SCOUT. 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