The following were among actions taken at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Columbia Association Council. For more information, call 596-4714.
BUDGET PRESENTATION -- The council heard staff proposals for a $20 million fiscal 1989 operating budget, up 6 percent over this year's budget, and a $2.6 million capital improvements budget, down almost 75 percent from this year's $10 million budget.
The proposed $2.6 million capital budget, down primarily because plans to construct a new $3.7 million Columbia golf course have been put on hold, would fund new projects such as a walking bridge over Lake Kittamaqundi and a number of parks and pathways throughout Columbia. The association also plans to improve many of the recreational facilities it operates, including pools, athletic clubs, community centers, a horse center, a golf course and an ice rink.
The proposed increase in the association's $20 million operating budget, up about $1 million from this year's $19 million budget, would cover salary increases for the association's 130 fulltime employees and additional seasonal employees, insurance and the general operating costs of the recreational facilities.
The association's budgets are funded by an assessment charge on all Columbia property, recreational fees and bonds.
The first public hearing on the proposed budgets will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green.
CENTRAL LIBRARY PLAN -- The association voted to support the construction of a major branch library in eastern Columbia, but has opposed a proposal by County Council member Angela Beltram to relocate the county's central library to eastern Columbia.
Beltram is spearheading a drive to relocate the central library somewhere east of Rte. 29, primarily because of a lack of parking space at the library now. Beltram's plan has angered residents in western Columbia who want to keep the central library on Little Patuxent Parkway in western Columbia and use the new library as a branch.
County Executive Elizabeth Bobo is expected to include as much as $25 million for a library in eastern Columbia in her proposed fiscal 1989 capital budget, which she will present to the County Council on April 1. A site has not yet been chosen for the proposed library.
Library Director Marvin Thomas said the library system hopes to build the new library by 1992. Thomas said the proposed 33,600-square-foot facility initially would hold 100,000 volumes.
In addition to the central library, the Howard County library system has one major branch in Ellicott City and four small community reading rooms.