"All of the work that the risk management committee is doing – and the employees themselves – is really paying off," Moody told the commissioners.

Carey said "the town has made it a focus to try and eliminate injuries."

The budget amendment was presented for a public hearing during Monday's meeting, but no one from the public spoke about it.

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The commissioners unanimously approved a fee schedule amendment to increase the fee charged to owners of property sold at a county tax sale auction by $10.

Harford County handles tax sale auctions for Bel Air and the county's other two municipalities, and has begun charging them $10 to sell properties within their corporate limits. The county's fee would be passed on to the owners of property which has been seized for nonpayment of property taxes or other fees owed to the town.

The town already charges those property owners a $20 fee.

Michael Krantz, director of human resources and administration, presented the fee change to the commissioners.

He said the fee would be split evenly between the town and county, if the owner owes the county and the town.

The commissioners also approved a $15,770 purchase order to buy new furniture and storage receptacles for the town's police dispatch center.

Police Chief Leo Matrangola said Evans Consoles, which the town had hired to build and install a new dispatch console last spring, would build and install the storage units.

The chief said Evans "has delivered a very sturdy, ergonomic, dispatch center which serves the police department very well."

Boulton traffic signal

Philip Einhorn, who lives in the English Country Manor Condos, inquired about the status of a traffic light at the intersection of Boulton Street and Gateway Drive near the condo complex, which residents had petitioned town officials for.

The commissioners approved an $85,031 contract for the signal last month. Public Works Director Randy Robertson said Monday the signal is being fabricated and officials "hope by mid-April we'll have the signal operational."

Einhorn is a member the English Country Manor Phase II Homeowners Association. He came with Patricia Rebbert, a fellow board member and recording secretary.

"Getting out on Boulton Street, especially in you want to make a left turn, it's not easy, and especially during busy shopping times, it's near impossible," Rebbert said after the meeting.

Easter egg hunt

Robert Reier, vice chair of the board of commissioners, announced Rockfield Manor's annual Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday.

Reier stressed the hunt begins "promptly" at 1 p.m.

The town commissioners also thanked Sgt. Robert Pfarr and his fellow police officials for working with downtown businesses to ensure St. Patrick's Day revelers could safely patronize downtown bars Saturday and Sunday.

"My hat's off to the businesses for being a partner with us," Hopkins said.