Dozens of firefighters battle blaze at Annapolis Yacht Club

13 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alexandria council drops pay-raise proposal for itself, mayor.

The Annapolis Fire Department is working to put out a three-alarm fire Saturday at the Annapolis Yacht Club at 2 Compromise St., Annapolis police said. “Streets Closed Downtown Due to Fire — Streets are closed due to fire at Annapolis Yacht Club.The Alexandria City Council will not give itself a $17,500 raise and the new mayor won’t get a yearly bump of $19,500, after the sponsor of the raise measure pulled the proposal Saturday morning. Council member Paul Smedberg (D) withdrew his bill ,which would have brought Alexandria officials’ salaries closer to those of other locally elected leaders in the region.

The Eastport Yacht Club’s Parade of Lights was cancelled, though an official with the club tells WTOP that boats would still be judged despite the cancellation of the parade. The mayor’s and council’s pay cannot be raised for another three years now, because elected officials are not allowed to increase their own salary. Smedberg said the $27,500 job has changed dramatically since the council last had a raise in 2002, but residents were not fully aware of those changes. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department was also on scene Saturday afternoon and assisting with 12 companies and a fireboat, according to spokesman Russ Davies.

Through social media, the Annapolis Police Department described the scene as a “very dangerous situation” and announced that parts of downtown, including Compromise Street, Sixth Street, Duke of Gloucester Street and Eastport Bridge, were closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Reagan National Airport managed to get only to 66 degrees as of 3 p.m. — still well above average, but not as warm as the rest of the region because of a south wind off the Potomac, which is tends to cool the airport.

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