Bel Air honors Dorothy Maurer

Bel Air Mayor Edward Hopkins presents a proclamation to Dorothy "Dot" Maurer recognizing her 30 years of service on the town's Appearance and Beautification Committee. (Photo courtesy of Michael Krantz, Town of Bel Air / May 23, 2013)

For three decades Dorothy "Dot" Maurer has been a major contributor to beautification efforts in the Town of Bel Air.

Earlier this month, Maurer was recognized by town government leaders, associates and friends for her work with the Bel Air Appearance and Beautification Committee, which she joined in 1983. She is stepping down after serving as the committee's chairman for many years.

"Everyone agrees wholeheartedly that Bel Air is the way it is because of Dot's attention to detail and the flowers," Mayor Edward Hopkins said as he presented a proclamation to Maurer during the May 6 town meeting.

A native of Hershey, Pa., Maurer and her husband, Jack, moved to Bel Air in 1967, when Jack Maurer took a teaching position in the local schools and Dorothy Maurer enrolled at Harford Community College, where she earned a degree in interior design while raising the couple's three children, according to the proclamation.

She served as chair of the Bel Air Recreation Committee's Lads & Lasses Majorette Drum Corp from 1972 to 1983 when, according to the proclamation, "her love of flowers and pride for the Town of Bel Air drew her to the Appearance & Beautification Committee," which was started in 1961.

During her service on the committee, "the town has seen beautiful transformations in the spring, summer and Christmas-time seasons," the proclamation continues. "This year Dot's recommendation for hanging flowers will be displayed on Main Street. We will certainly miss Dot's special touch and presence on the committee."

Following the presentation, a reception was held for Maurer.

Generator contract approved

Also during the May 6 town meeting, the town commissioners unanimously approved a $112,800 contract with Monocacy Valley Electric, of Littlestown, Pa., to install two diesel emergency backup generators at the Bel Air Reckord Armory.

Public Works Director Randy Robertson said the generators are necessary because the armory is designated as a "secondary operations center" for the town administration and Police Department if an "emergency event renders the town hall and Police Department building unusable."

He said two generators are needed because the Armory has single-phase and three-phase power circuits; one will be powered by a single-phase 125 kilowatt generator, the other by a 150 kilowatt three-phase unit.

Robertson said it would take six to eight weeks for the contractor to have the units manufactured, and then several days to install them in mid-summer or early fall.