New finance policy

The town commissioners are expected to vote next week on changes to its finance policy for signing checks.

Town Finance Director Lisa Moody said two recent key personnel changes, the election of Town Commissioner Patrick Richards in November and the hiring of Town Administrator James Fielder last week, have necessitated a change in check-signing policy.

"Once Richards came on as commissioner we knew we needed to update who could sign checks," Moody said. "We figured we would wait until we also hired the new town administrator, too."

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Once the new finance policy is approved, both Richards' and Fielder's signatures will be on file for signing checks, Moody said.

Audit, sewer rate increase

At the Jan. 21 town meeting, the town commissioners will be presented an official copy of the FY2013 town audit, Moody said.

Moody said the town commissioners can expect to have a copy of the audit in their mailboxes the morning of the meeting.

The town commissioners will also hold a public hearing on proposed increases to the town's sewer rate at next week's meeting.

If approved, the sewer rate for Bel Air customers will increase by 22 cents, from $5.27 per 1,000 gallons of water used to $5.49 per 1,000 gallons of water used. Users will also see a 4.2 percent increase in their base rate.

The commissioners are also expected to vote on the appointment of Fran Johnson to the Board of Appeals and the reappointments of Tim Coale to the Historic Preservation Commission and Pat Riley to the Cultural Arts Commission.

Return of The Bel Air Bond

Bel Air residents will soon be able to keep up with the happenings in the town, as town officials are working to bring back The Bel Air Bond newsletter.

Past issues of the monthly publication included articles from various town departments about their activities and happenings around town.

Director of Administration Michael Krantz said the town will be working with Full House Press to print the publication, which will also be available online.

Residents can anticipate a short February issue, Krantz said.