Spring is Thursday and it can't come soon enough for folks in Bel Air and the rest of the Harford County area. (The Aegis, Ted Hendricks / March 18, 2014)

Bel Air Mayor Robert Reier joked at Monday night's town meeting that Public Works Director Randy Robertson could probably "write a book" on clearing snow from municipal streets, sidewalks and facilities with the latest snow that hit Monday.

"The Minnesota DPW has nothing on you," the mayor told Robertson.

Harford County has been pummeled by snowstorms since December 2013, and town officials hoped the St. Patrick's Day storm, which dropped several inches Sunday night and Monday morning, was the last of the white stuff before the first day of spring Thursday.

"Once again, we certainly appreciate the efforts" of public works crews, Reier told Robertson. "Everything looked like it went very well around town, and let's keep our fingers crossed that this is the last go-round."


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Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high temperature of 54 degrees, according to the National Weather Service's website.

Goodbye to winter

Bel Air town officials expect the second Saturday in April to be an extremely busy 24-hour period in town, with four events scheduled that day.

"April 12 is going to be a very busy night and day in town," Reier commented toward the end of Monday's town meeting.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with the Annual Kite Day Festival, which is sponsored by the town and APG Federal Credit Union and will be held on the Rockfield Park playing fields until 4 p.m.

Reier said officials "hope for a very pleasant and windy day."

A second event is scheduled for the grounds of Rockfield Manor next door – the manor's annual Easter egg hunt. The egg hunt is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and the grounds are scheduled to open at 10 a.m.

Town officials expect the eager children will quickly swarm the field to get one of the hundreds of eggs hidden around the grounds.

"[It] takes all of 30 seconds, I believe, once the horn is sounded," Reier joked. "Hopefully the snow will be gone by then."

Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola said via e-mail Tuesday that a police officer and several police Explorer Scouts have been assigned to monitor the parking and traffic flow for the kite festival and egg hunt.

"We realize that the Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Rockfield Manor House and our officer will work closely with the organizers to assure a safe traffic pattern for both events," he wrote.

Matrangola said officials "do not anticipate any major traffic conflicts" with the egg hunt being held on the manor house lawn and the kite festival near the park's softball fields. 

Nighttime events scheduled for April 12 include the Greater Bel Air Community Foundation's annual fundraiser at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, as well as the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's annual awards banquet at Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood.

Mid-year budget amendment approved

The town commissioners unanimously approved Resolution 1021-14, or the Mid-Year 2014 Budget Amendment during the town meeting.

A public hearing was held before the commissioners voted on the amendment, but no one was in the audience to speak.