Annapolis City Council unanimously voted Monday night to spend $20,000 on a study associated with the proposal to build a parking garage along Compromise Street.
The move came near the end of the council meeting as a budget transfer. The shuffling of funds was unanimously approved. Alderman Ross Arnett was absent.
City Manager Michael Mallinoff said the money would be moved from a contingency fund.
He said the money is intended to pay for a study of the playground near Annapolis Elementary School and what would need to be done if it would be relocated to make way for a parking garage there.
The money will not be used to begin planning an actual project. The county Board of Education is planning a renovation project of the aged school building, which will require relocating the students to Annapolis Middle School.
City officials have been working with the school district to take advantage of the time when students are out of the building to construct a garage near there.
The issue of moving the playground and even building the parking garage has been met with opposition from parents and even prompted a petition against the project. The school's parent-teacher organization is against losing what little open space the school has and they also have expressed concerns over the various problems that could arise if a garage is built that close to the school.