Finance Director Lisa Moody explained the cost of the repair project, including the fee of the consultant the town hired to evaluate the structure and manage the repairs, will be financed with tax-exempt loans. She said the resolution approved Monday is necessary to effect the transfer of the loan proceeds to the parking fund for the project cost.
With approval of the resolution, Moody said, the town will next solicit bids from banks for the financing package.
Praise for DPW, police
Commissioner Rob Reier, who was presiding over Monday's meeting in the absence of Mayor Eddie Hopkins, had high praise for town's public works staff and police department for their work in conjunction with the annual Festival for the Arts held Sunday in Shamrock Park.
The town will be honored during the four-day Oktoberfest celebration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Sept. 28, Town Administrator Chris Schlehr told the commissioners.
"They are honoring the entire Town of Bel Air and want everybody to attend," Schlehr said, explaining an actual ceremony will be held between 6 and 6:30 p.m. during the event, which runs from 4 to 11 p.m.
Schlehr urged town officials, employees and citizens to join in the merriment and said anyone without a government ID will be welcome at APG's Route 715 gate during Oktoberfest, which runs Sept. 27-30 at the post's Shine Sports Field.
Other local towns will also be honored during the community outreach event for which admission is free; however, there will be charges for certain items such as games, rides, food and beverages.
Coming town events
• Lunchtime concerts continue at noon on Office Street with the Gentlemen of Jazz performing Friday, Sept. 21, and the Bel Air High Jazz Ensemble performing Friday, Sept. 28.
• The Harford County Wine Festival will be held at Rockfield Manor on Sept. 29 from noon to 7 p.m. For information visit http://www.rockfieldmanor.com or call 410-638-4565.
• Fire Prevention Day will be held Oct. 13 at the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Also on Oct. 13, Healthy Harford will host Healthy Harford Day at the Bel Air Farmers Market from 8 to 11 a.m. Free classes including yoga, Zumba and Pilates begin at 8 a.m.
• The next town meeting will be Oct. 1 at town hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.