A mobile vendor operating on public property or road would have hours restricted to between 9 a.m. and midnight and would not be allowed to operate on major holidays.

All mobile vendors will be required to have a town license, unless they are connected with a town or parks and recreation sponsored event.

A companion ordinance, No. 758-12, was also introduced Monday to remove a section of the zoning code referring to truck sales since No. 757-12 is addressing those activities. A public hearing on it is also scheduled Jan. 7.

A resolution, No. 993-12, was introduced Monday to set new licensing fees for mobile vendors and peddlers. A peddlers license will cost $120 for one year or $60 for up to 90 days, while an itinerant dealers license will be $60 for up to 90 days or $230 a year.

The same resolution also adds new fees paid by developers in lieu of setting aside land in their projects for passive and active open space, as specified in the town development regulations. The proposed new fees in lieu of providing the required open space are $50,000 an acre for both passive and active spaces. This ordinance will also have its hearing on Jan. 7.

All the ordinances and resolutions introduced Monday can viewed on the town's website at http://www.belairmd.org/about/commissioners.asp.

Students honored

Three students from The John Carroll School AP Government and Politics class were honored as winners of the town's Municipal Month Essay Contest for 2012.

Mackenzie Reuse received the first place award, Martha Schick received the second place award and Emma Minnis received the third place award. Each received gift cards from Harford Mall.

Mayor Ed Hopkins said the town has held the contest annually as part of Municipal Awareness Month. The town chose John Carroll's AP class, taught by Brian Powell, to participate this year.

The students were asked how they would encourage more citizen participation in local government and to explain "how you would improve the current relationship between government and its citizens."

Hopkins called the winning entries "awesome." The winners' families were all attendance and busy shooting pictures and video as each girl delivered her essay.

Also honored Monday was Sarah Lingelbach, a fifth-grade student at Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School, who received the town's Student Achievement Award.

The award, presented by Burdette, reads in part: "Sarah's creative spirit shines in Homestead-Wakefield's chorus and yearbook committee, and our soldiers overseas appreciate the cards and cookies that Sarah sends for the holidays...To say that Sarah has a kind heart would be an understatement. Sarah gives generously of her time to several area churches for many outreach activities, such as preparing bags of food for Harford County's and Baltimore City's homeless population and by also serving dinners to Harford County's underprivileged on Monday evenings."

Sarah has also run in charity events such as the Susan Komen Race for the Cure and is a competitive swimmer. Her parents, grandparents and brothers were on hand to see her receive the award.


The commissioners reappointed Jeanne Close to the Cultural Arts Commission and complimented her for her past efforts on the commission.

They also reappointed Greg Adolph to the Board of Appeals.

In thanking the commissioners, Adolph, who was in attendance Monday, also took a few moments to remind the commissioners he and his neighbors in Moore's Mill Manor are still dealing with drainage issues that have been plaguing the community for years. He distributed more photos of flooding, some taken in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

"I appreciate your support in addressing this issue," he said.

Lease approved

The commissioners also approved a lease for a small island of land at the entrance to the new parking lot on Main Street, where the owner of the neighboring Main Street Tower Restaurant plans to set up an outdoor seating area.

The lease is for a term of three years for $3,120 a year, based on the cost of three parking spaces, Town Administrator Chris Schlehr explained. The restaurant will also have to carry $2 million in liability insurance.

Schlehr said the restaurant will install a door leading to the outdoor area and will also allow the town to place a 4-by-8 foot sign on the exterior wall that directs people to the nearby town parking garage.

Coming events

The first Authors and Artists Holiday Gift Sale will be held at the Bel Air Reckord Armory Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 410-638-5323.

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance and town government are sponsoring the second annual holiday movie night on Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Bel Air Reckord Armory. "The Polar Express" is the feature film. Free admission and popcorn.

The Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission is sponsoring Tuba Christmas on Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the armory. Admission is free.

The Bel Air Community Chorus will present its winter concert on Dec. 16 at the Bel Air High School auditorium. Admission is free.