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Improvements Coming to Pasadena with New Budget

Mountain Road renovations, along with new police and fire stations, are included in the fiscal year 2013 county budget.

Anyone who lives in Pasadena has probably sat in a long line of traffic on Mountain Road waiting for another car to turn onto Woods Road.

That could change soon.

In fact, Pasadena residents could expect a few changes to the area now that Renovations on Mountain Road along with a new fire and police station were funded in the coming fiscal year's budget.

"We are providing $8.7 million in construction money for a new Eastern District Police Station, $2 million for the construction of a Woods Road /Mountain Road congestion mitigation lane and a $500,000 for planning and engineering for a new Lake Shore Fire Station,” said Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold in his budget address issued in April.

The new Eastern District Police Station would serve residents of Pasadena as well as Severna Park and parts of Broadneck. The Lake Shore Fire Station has been in the works for a while now, but still remains an empty lot.

Leopold proposed the renovations to the County Council. In his April budget address, Leopold mentioned the benefits that area schools have received lately thanks to budget approvals.

"I am very proud that people looking back on this administration will see the renovation or new construction of two high schools in our county,” said Leopold in April. “The expansion and renovation of Northeast High School in Pasadena is nearly complete. This budget provides the remaining $12 million needed to finish the job, with the expanded and renovated school set to open in just a few weeks."

The Pasadena Voice recently reported that Leopold is also asking for a public-use boat ramp at Fort Smallwood Park, which would be the third public ramp in the county.

“The boat ramp was one of my priorities in my first term and it continues to be in my second. If we’re spending all these dollars to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and to provide cleaner waters, I want to make sure we give our citizens the ability to experience them,” Leopold told the Voice.

County Councilman Derek Fink (R-3rd District), of Pasadena, proposed an amendment to the budget, which would have paid for a $225,000 feasibility study at High Point Elementary School.

It would have been the first step toward a renovation or replacement for the school. However, when the motion was considered for a vote, it received no second and failed.

What budget proposal would you most like to see approved? Tell us in the comments.

Broadneck editor Frank Smith contributed to this article.

jesse55jp May 31, 2012 at 07:54 PM
An ambulance and fire engine.....staffed with 4 people...
Bob Hefferon June 01, 2012 at 11:02 AM
How bout a cop giving tickets on Mountain Rd to change behavior . There are some impatient drivers out there :)
jerel mccumbers June 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The boat ramp is long overdue for our citizens who pay so much for bay clean up but have to drive many miles to access it. Thanks to Mr. leopolds vision my children will be more conciencious about Bay issues because they will able to see the benefits first hand and up close.

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