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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland County has crop of Bosses deny being sick HOWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 1558 LAUREL MD 20707 NAVY BY 42 Midshipmen cruise by Colgate In laugher Cl Terps beat War Ballast threatens FEB. Lavish pensions unique to J. JL ByTOMSTDCKEY The generous retirement benefits that Gov. Parris N Glendening and three aides were to receive when they left Prince George's County are not available to employees of any other Maryland county A survey of pension plans in tHe other 22 counties and the city of Baltimore found noth- ing to match the lucrative pensions and huge sick leave payouts that the governor and his aides initially planned to accept. They agreed to give up the special benefits after public outcry. have no no golden para- said Tracy assistant director of personnel in Frederick which has no special plan for elected or appointed officials Anne Arundel and others can't match payouts and no cash payout for unused sick leave. elected officials and appointees are treated equally. We have a real vanilla she said. A few counties offer severance packages or Improved pensions for employees whose jobs ate abolished or who are fired to help govern- fflents reduce payrolls in economic hard times. Others merely sweeten the retirement pot for top officials In Anne Arundel for a lucrative pension plan for appointed and elected officials was approved m lowering the retirement age from 60 to quadrupling minimum benefits and increasing the value of years of service. The county's pension plan which has been in a state of limbo since it was revealed that it could cost the taxpayers million to bail out of a deficit created a scandal that rocked county government The final disposition of the plan is still not yet known. But the benefits for rank-and-file workers of most including Anne are much less than those offered under a supple- mental plan adopted by Prince George's County in 1990 when it was considering large-scale layoffs because of the recession. Mr. Glendening said the purpose was to take care of veteran employees those with at least 15 years of experience who were losing their jobs through no fault of their own. The gover- nor said no thought was given at the time to the possibility that he and aides who followed him to state government would benefit four years later Three Michael Knapp of Crofton and Michele Rozner became eligible to collect benefits because they were from county employ- ment. Mr. Glendening asked for their resigna- tions before he left the county .The governor also was eligible because a term limit law adopted by voters prohibited him from seeking re-election. Mr agreed to give up his pension until he reaches age when he. would begin drawing payments under the county's regular retirement system. Mr. Rid- Mr. Knapp and Ms. Rozner will not collect ranging fromjULgft to until they give up their stateffiosT Page Highlights of the Baltimore and county plans. A9 Towers of inferno Cellular antenna have officials ByBARf JANSEN Staff Writer As more people use cellular the companies that provide the service need to build additional antenna towers to meet the demand for flexible service. But disputes over where the towers belong are heating up just as fast as the airwaves Some particularly in south see the towers as a blight on then- agricultural communities going to be like a pin cushion before it's said Charles a Birdsville resident But industry officials saWthey strive to get along with communities because that is where their customers live a nightmare right now for the carriers to build their said Michael T. spokesman for the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association in Washington. DC County officiate are trying to sort out the dispute with regulations But the federal government may short- circuit their efforts by exempting towers from local zoning laws in jurisdictions nationwide The number of cellular sites nationwide is expected to grow from today to within five according to the industry Bell Aflantte Mobile which has 11 towers in the plans to erect a half-dozen more this year. Two Bell Atlantic and Southwestern Bell Mobile better known as Cellular compete to serve the county's 416 square each with its own set of antennas Company officials explain that more antennas are needed on the hilly land common to the area calls evaporate mid-sentence or customers aren't able to place a call when they hit a where the service doesn't reach each tower ina busy phone area can get of which would cause scratchy reception or block calls concerned with having excellent coverage said Rich a Bell Atlantic general manager Because the towers use different having more in an area reduces their power from 100 watts to perhaps 40 to avoid overlap The desire for more towers isn't just for convenience About cellular calls per month nationwide are for Mr Houghton said Page BnQWHM OhwlM Tuokw stands cdlularphMM radio ttona towar on Routa2naar Mek Church many fths towns will ba ttghtanstf. limttkow CapKX Petition targets restaurants that deny delivery By JEFF NELSON MUNSEV----------- Staff Writers Is it discrimination when the pizza man is afraid to come to your house' Or is it common sense if you refuse to send an 18-year-old with cash into a neighborhood with a history of robberies' Robert a local civil rights activist wants the City Council to decide He believes Annapolis-area restaurants with delivery ser vices discriminate against blacks by refusing to come to their neighborhoods 'It's a great injustice that B being done to the Civil TII African-American community' he said He wants the city to pass a law prohibiting restaurants from denying delivery to certain neighborhoods he will take a peti- tion with 200 signatures calling for such a ban to the City Council Managers of area restaurants that deliver however say they are not discriminating. don't go alone mto some of these and I'm going to send m an 18-year-old girl with in her said Ray Sears manager of Pizza and Taco Express in HUlsmere He won t send delivery drivers to Newtowne 20 Copeland Street in Bywater Mutual Woodside Gardens or Eastport Terrace' All are predominantly public housing neighbor hoods The city Police Department does not keep statistics on the number of food delivery said Shelly police spokesman But he said that delivery peopte wherever they are easy marks for thieves Whenever you have advertisements that this person is carrying a product or cash and coming here frequently for you have an element thafwtiJ want to take that cash or product he said Perhaps that s why the practice of avoiding certain areas seems widespread in Annapolis Vic manager of the Forest Plaza Domino's said his restaurant will not deliver to any street after dark where his drivers have been robbed two or more times No street is denied delivery during daylight Pace Baby mystery remains unsolved AAMC handling media storm By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Six weeks from Severna Park resident Laurie Heacock plans to deliv- er her second baby at Anne Arundel Medical Center So. it's not surprising she's been following closely recent news about three babies who showed signs of nar- cotics poisoning in the Annapolis hospi- tal's critical-care nursery for newborns 'I don t know why do it but it doesn't seem like it was Mrs Heacock said as she and investigators await news on what type of opiate was found in the babies' Mrs Heacock figures that in a her tuning may be good Security as well as staff aware- ness have been increased there's never been a safer time to have a baby she said which last week found itself m the eye of a media is so far holding its own Hospital spokesman Carolyn Shenk said yesterday that AAMC had no news to leyuil on the joint by hospital the county State's Attorney's Office and two outside attorneys hired to review the case Of the three babies who had breath- ing problems within 14 hours of each other on Jan. 31 and were placed on none were expected to suf- fer long-term hospital offl ciats have said Page many coma to iwntly M hto ntiftiiMnioodt of tha ta uaaat feat that oattvav or otfiar and MM to- Stadium RadakJnsownar Jack Kant Nina's no tonajar oartaln about a stadium Raea saH ffw sHsstft Is Ms top SPORTS Whan Pataf Anjaloa his fallow often dent ngb asa of tfW LIFESTYLT Ufa may ba Mia a box of but Fofrast Gianp was You tsV vfMt you'ra to local swwy fsjad wttti candy tl ;