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Traffic monitor at Boulton, Gateway in Bel Air should be ready by Thanksgiving

BY KAYLA BAWROSKI, kabawroski@theaegis.com

10:26 PM EDT, October 3, 2011

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Detector cameras at Gateway Drive and Boulton Street are expected to be up and running by Thanksgiving, Bel Air town officials said Monday.

Phil Einhorn, of the English Country Manor development, asked town commissioners at their meeting Monday about the light expected at the intersection of Gateway Drive and Boulton Street. Residents of English Country Manor had complained in the past of increased traffic there and without funding to install a full-fledged light, the town agreed to install detector cameras.

The detector cameras would monitor the number of cars waiting at the intersection and, when necessary, trigger the lights at Boulton Street and Tollgate Road and the mall/Best Buy entrance.

Robertson told Einhorn at Monday's meeting he expects to put the pole up this week or next week and hopefully have the detector camera up and running by Thanksgiving.

Einhorn also voiced his concerns about signs in the right-of-ways in town.

Mayor David Carey informed Einhorn that legislation recently took effect Oct. 1 allowing the Town of Bel Air and Harford County government to remove signs from state right-of-ways and fine repeat offenders.

French Poole asked commissioners about replacing the posts at the Best Buy exit that, prior to their removal, allowed drivers to only make a right turn out of the parking lot. Once they replace the lane markers along the repaved portion, Robertson said, they will reinstall the posts.

Contract awards

Also at Monday's meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved $261,770 in financing for vehicle and equipment purchases in fiscal year 2012 to TD Equipment Finance, who Finance Director Lisa Moody said was the lowest bidder.

The account will be completely drawn down by June 30, 2012, she said, and while it will earn interest, it will likely less than 0.25 percent, Moody said.

She also confirmed Commissioner Terence Hanley's statement that there were no early payoff penalties in the contract.

Town commissioners also awarded a $20,355 contract to Apple Ford for the purchase of a 2012 Ford Escape four-by-four police vehicle with a cargo package. This vehicle is one of two budgeted for the police department to purchase this year; the second will be bought later this year, Police Chief Leo Matrangola said.

The Ford Escape will replace a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer in the police fleet with nearly 75,000 miles on it, Matrangola said, which will be transferred to the Department of Public Works for Deputy Director Stephen Kline to use while at work.

At a work session last week, Public Works Director Randolph Robertson emphasized Kline's need for a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

In their last piece of business on the agenda, commissioners ratified a contract they approved at the work session Sept. 27. The contract is $14,678.38 to purchase a new Dell server for the town, as well as a power vault.

The new server will be a 2008 model to ensure its compatibility with town software, Director of Administration Joyce Oliver said, and allow the town to set up the old main server as a back-up in the event the new one goes down.

The power vault, she added, will provide restoration and back-ups for users, among other things, and will eventually "pay for itself."

Other business

The Bel Air Lions Club and Bel Air Police Department are hosting a Child Safety Fair this Saturday, Oct. 8 at Shamrock Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Town of Bel Air Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 21 through 23 at the Bel Air Armory.

The next town meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 in town hall at 39 N. Hickory Ave.