The following were among actions taken at Monday's meeting of the Howard County Council. For more information, call 992-2001.
HISTORIC SITE MARKERS -- The County Council decided not to amend the county sign code to allow markers at the county's 500 historic sites.
The council actually voted 3 to 2 to table the bill, but the vote effectively killed the proposed legislation, since the council also had tabled it in November. According to the county code, if legislation is not acted on within 65 days, the bill is considered dead. The deadline for action was Tuesday.
Council chairman Ruth Keeton, who sponsored the bill with council member Shane Pendergrass, said she was disappointed with the decision. Keeton and Pendergrass said they felt that the county's historic landmarks would be easier to find if there were signs at the sites and on highways directing visitors to the sites.
EMPLOYE PAY RAISES -- The council voted unanimously to table legislation that would give pay raises of about seven percent to the county's 28 highest-ranking employes.
The bill was recommended by County Executive Elizabeth Bobo after a study showed that salaries of top county employes were 17 percent lower than those of top employes in other Washington-Baltimore-area counties. Bobo's salary would not be affected by the proposed legislation. It would affect other employees ranging from the county dog-catcher to the county administrator.
Pendergrass called the legislation complicated and said the council needed more time to study it.
The raises, which would go into effect in July, would apply to 28 salaries ranging from $24,921 to $70,289. The council will reconsider the bill at its Feb. 1 meeting.
BOARD OF HEALTH REQUIREMENTS -- The council voted 3 to 2 to table legislation that would change the qualification requirements for lay members of the county's Board of Health.
The board, which reviews health-related matters, cites health violations, and advises the council and county executive on health issues, is composed of seven members -- four lay members and three health professionals who each serve five year terms.
The new legislation would redefine the lay member qualifications and allow individuals who have worked in health fields but not within five years of their appointment to qualify for the board.
Council member C. Vernon Gray expressed concern that five years was not enough time for a health professional to separate himself from his industry.
The board will reconsider this legislation at its Feb. 1 meeting.