Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - November 25, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland
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MONDAY. NOV. 25. 2013
A Capital-Gazette Newspaper ® — Annapolis. MD
Chilly rains lead into holiday City payroll
By JACK LAMBERT [email protected]
As the area braces for rain, a record cold front has prompted Anne Arundel County officials to offer services for people seeking warmth before the holiday
The county has three temporary shelters available over the next week as part of the county’s Winter Relief program, said Kevin Simmons, emergency manager for the City of Annapolis. The shel-
• Icy storm blamed in 10 fatal accidents moving eastward, Page A3.
ters are offered through the Glen Burnie based Arundel House of Hope.
Chris Strong, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the An napolis area is experiencing tempera
tures 10 to 20 degrees below average.
Temperatures dropped to 32 degrees in Baltimore on Sunday, equaling the lowest mark for Nov. 24. The previous record was set in 1880, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport reported a temperature of 25 degrees at 8:54 a.m. Monday.
A storm system moving through the
(See CHILLY, Page Al2)
‘If it wasn’t for this, we’d all
be out in the cold and hungry’
By Joshua McKerrow, Staff
Sherry Kennell, along with fellow church members, welcomes homeless men to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Glen Burnie, a site In the Arundel House of Hope’s Winter Relief program.
Homeless staying longer at moveable Winter Relief program
By KATE YOON [email protected]
For Richard Miller, the Winter Relief program is a Godsend.
“If it wasn’t for this, we’d all be out In the cold and hungry," the 62-year-old homeless Vietnam veteran said as he sat at a table waiting for dinner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Glen Burnie on a recent Monday.
“Cold is bad enough, but cold and hungry’8 really bad.”
Many homeless people in the Arundel House of Hope’s annual Winter Relief program, which provides food and shelter during the coldest months of the year, see it as a stepping stone.
But for some like Miller, who has returned for nearly 16 years, it is much more than that.
Last year, the Winter Relief program expanded from north county to a third
(See RELIEF, Page A12)
By JACK LAMBERT [email protected]
Mike Pantelides is looking to trim Annapolis’ payroll.
The city’s mayor-elect said no decisions have been made to cut staff, but Pantelides and his transition team are considering eliminating some positions.
“There are a number of political or contractual positions we can look at eliminating or consolidating,” Pantelides said.
Eliminating city government positions is hardly a new idea.
Departing Mayor Josh Cohen cut 33 city jobs in what he de scribed as cost saving measure in 2010. Pantelides, a Republi can, defeated Cohen by 59 votes in the Nov. 5 general election.
Annapolis has 631 full time equivalent employees, according to the city’s Human Re sources Department. Full-time equivalency measures the num ber of hours worked by part time, contractual and other workers in addition to full-time em ployees. Annapolis has 542 full-time employees.
Comparing Annapolis to other city governments solely on the number of full time employees is unfair, Cohen and Pantelides agreed. The two men differ, however, on the preferred size of government.
Cohen said the city is understaffed to meet the needs of Annapolitans. Pantelides, who offered few specifics about possible cuts, views the current city government size less favorably.
“I think government is bloated in certain areas,” he said.
Turnover i$ expected when Pantelides and the eight city aldermen are sworn in on Dec. 2. Cohen informed key city management personnel they should anticipate being replaced by the new administration.
Some of those employees include City Manager Mike Mallinoff, City Attorney Karen Hard wick, Public Information Officer Rhonda Ward-law and Director of Human Services Gail Smith.
“I mentioned to them, as well as the mayor’s office staff, that everyone who is an at-will employee should expect Mike will bring in someone new and if he doesn’t that will be a pleasant
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