The following were among items discussed at Monday's meeting of the Howard County Council. For more information, call 992-2001.

SCHOOL CAPITAL BUDGET -- School Superintendent Michael Hickey presented the proposed $20 million school capital budget for fiscal 1989, which includes funds to build two new schools and renovate several other school buildings.

The school system is requesting $4.6 million from the state to reimburse the county for construction projects now underway, said Charles Eckers, associate superintendent. Last year, the county requested $16 million and received only $116,000 from the state. School officials are confident that the system this year will receive at least 50 percent of its request.

Next Monday, the council will hold a special meeting to vote on the proposed capital budget.

HISTORIC SITE MARKERS -- The council heard testimony on a bill to amend the existing sign code to allow markers at the county's 500 historic sites and highway directional signs to the sites. Currently there are few signs marking historic sites and no regulations to govern the size or design of these signs except in commercial districts. Many of the new signs could be located in residential zones.

The proposal, sponsored by council members Ruth Keeton and Shane Pendergrass, drew criticism from several members of the Historic District Commission who argued that the amendment would encourage the proliferation of commercial signs and threaten the integrity of historic areas. Jean Harmon, chairman of the Historic District Commmission, said, "There are too many signs {in historic areas} already. Would the purpose of these signs be to mark historic sites or advertise the commercial enterprises that happen to be in the historic district?"

Keeton said that the signs would "respect the history of a place and would state the name of the building, not the name of the business that's in it."

The bill requires that the signs have a standard design and color scheme. James Rawle, the county's sign code administrator, said that the maximum size for an on-site sign would be 15 square feet and eight square feet for a highway directional sign. The council will vote on the bill Dec. 7.

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION -- A resolution was introduced to enlarge the county Historic District Commission from five to seven members. Proposed by County Executive Elizabeth Bobo, it is designed to more evenly divide the workload of commission members and help the commission if the county creates additional historic districts.

Ellicott City, declared an historic district in 1973, is the county's only official historic district. The county executive is now considering a proposal to create historic districts in Savage and Elkridge sometime in 1989.

The council will vote on the bill Dec. 7.