The town also approved a new Bike and Pedestrian Plan aimed at promoting cycling, walking and healthy choices.

Small, of the planning department, said the town is working on a connection and safety plan for transportation in the town.

The new plan will include improvements for trails, sidewalks, traffic enforcement and awareness campaigns. Small said the plan will be a working document which plans for transportation for the next 10 years.

Student Achievement Award


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Sierra Smith, a student a Bel Air Middle School, was awarded the Student Achievement Award for November by the commissioners. She was nominated by Principal Natalie N. Holloway.

Not only does Sierra volunteer her time to many philanthropic causes like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, she also is a peer tutor, a member of the Speech and Debate Club and the National Junior Honors Society and several sports clubs.

Town Commissioner Edward Hopkins joked that he does not know how Sierra finds time to do so many things in one day.

Police retirement and promotion

After spending 25 years and three months with the Bel Air Police Department, Cpl. William B. Lay is retiring. A graduate of Bel Air High School, Lay served in the Air Force and settled in Harford, where he joined the force in 1988.

Lay most recently served as an assistant shift supervisor on the midnight shift. He was a member of the department's honor guard, a police dog handler and an undercover detective on the Harford County Drug Task Force.

A retirement party is planned in January to honor Lay's service. He was presented with a 25-year service pin by Police Chief Leo Matrangola and gift card from the board of commissioners.

"It's been a long ride; it's been a good ride, but it is time to turn it over to the young bucks," Lay said during the town hall meeting. "I retired Tuesday and I'm still trying to figure out when I come back to work."

Lay will be replaced by Mathew Gullion, who is being promoted from first class to corporal.

"People are coming here and staying here," Hopkins said of Gullion's promotion. "Before people would use Bel Air as a steppingstone. It's good to see Mat moving forward in his career."

Planning commission appointment

The board voted to appointment Lois Kissinger Kelly to a five-year term on the town's planning commission.

New commissioner Patrick Richards said he previously worked with Kissinger Kelly and she is extremely capable.

Kissinger Kelly is a longtime Bel Air resident and graduated from Bel Air High School.