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

SCHOOL CAPITAL BUDGET -- The council voted 4 to 0 to approve the school system's proposed $20 million capital budget for fiscal 1989, which includes funds to build two new schools and renovate several other school buildings.

The funding package anticipates a $4.6 million state grant to reimburse the county for construction projects already underway, such as the Bolling Bridge Elementary School in Savage, scheduled to open next fall.

The state funds are distributed through the Interagency Committee for School Construction, which alots $55 million annually for construction projects in Maryland's 23 counties.

Howard County requested $16 million from the committee last year but received only $116,000. School Superintendent Michael Hickey said that until recently the county hasn't needed state funding. "Now with a big enrollment increase {the state} has to address the needs of the schools here," he said. School officials are confident that the system will receive at least 50 percent of its request this year. The Interagency Committee meets on Dec. 8 and will make its funding decisions before the end of the year.

HISTORIC SITE MARKERS -- The council discussed amending the existing sign code to allow markers at the county's 500 historic sites and highway directional signs to the sites. The council will vote on the sign amendment at its Dec. 7 meeting.

The intent of the proposal is to "help historic sites survive and to acknowledge them as historic treasures," said council member Shane Pendergrass, who cosponsored the amendment with council member Ruth Keeton.

"One example is Savage Mill," said Keeton. "People have trouble finding it." Savage Mill, located in Savage, is a restored textile mill that now houses shops and art studios.

However, some preservationists fear the amendment might open the door to a proliferation of commercial signs on businesses that happen to operate in historic buildings. They fear a profusion of signs could threaten the integrity of the historic sites.

The bill requires that the signs have a standard size and design. The maximum would be 15 square feet for an on-site sign and eight square feet for a highway directional sign.

Council member Angela Beltram called the bill unnecessary and said, "We have better sign laws than anyone."