Members of the SMILES community service program and the local chapter of Relay for Life were honored for their work this year, as was the Havre de Grace Housing Authority and economic development director Meghan Simmons for Economic Development Week in Maryland.

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett was in the audience as his wife, Elaine, was recognized as chairwoman of Relay for Life.

Mike Bennett said the event meant a lot to him because he has been a prostate cancer survivor for three years.


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The council adopted the updated International Building Code, with 10 amendments to the city code that were largely typographical and administrative corrections.

A request by Best Choice driving school to put a picket fence in a right-of-way, in the 400 block of South Juniata Street, was unanimously denied by the council.

Police chief Teresa Walter said several vehicles were broken into Sunday night and one of them was Councilman Bill Martin's.

Martin joked about his truck being broken into, noting a Rod Stewart CD was stolen and guessing the perpetrator is therefore between 45 and 55 years old.

He also said, however, he was "very impressed" with the demeanor of the officers who responded to his call for service.

Several council members spoke about the recent Graw Days event, and Councilman Randy Craig said it shows the recent debate about whether the city can safely put on events is a moot point.

Speaking to Walter, he said: "I think your department in particular has shown that it can be done, it can be done well and it can be done safe."

The council went into a closed session to discuss potential land acquisition and personnel matters.