Contracts for more improvements to Bel Air's two midtown parks and repairs to a neighborhood storm pond are expected to be approved during the next town meeting this Monday evening.
The Board of Town Commissioners is also expected to approve a resolution to remove preferential parking from along some streets in the Homestead Village neighborhood near Bel Air High School.
As discussed during a lengthy commissioners work session Tuesday afternoon, the William Humbert Amphitheater band shell at Shamrock Park will be getting permanent speakers and a roll down movie screen.
Planning Director Kevin Small explained the speaker placement has been tested so the new fixtures won't blast the neighboring residences and the screen will be rear projection, which will make it easier to show outdoor movies during the annual summer series.
He also said work will be done to improve handicapped access around the band shell and that rods will be installed inside the band shell for future lighting upgrades.
Small said a plan has been developed to upgrade the flag court just west of the band shell with new plantings and installation of a fountain cast by the J.W. Fiske Ironworks, the 19th Century firm that cast the fountains in New York's Central Park. He said the fountain is being donated by two county residents who no longer have use for it at their home. It is expected to be installed in the spring.
Small said the band shell work will cost about $30,000. The town has a grant from the Dresher Foundation for improvements at Shamrock, he said.
Also coming will be a paved walkway from Lee Street through the park to the Bel Air Library.
At Plumtree Park, a path rain can soak through will be constructed along Plumtree Run from Thomas to George streets, Small explained. The contract for that work is up for the commissioners approval Monday night.
In addition, Small said, the Bel Air Master Gardeners will make bio retention plantings of native grasses and perennials along the stream and a local Boy Scout will be doing plantings as part of an Eagle project, which Small said will benefit the park's wildlife.
Small said the town has a state grant and a $20,000 grant from the Greater Bel Air Community Foundation for Plumtree.
Future planned improvements include new lighting and the installation of a gazebo between the parks two playgrounds.
Resolution 1013-13 was introduced last month and will have a public hearing at the start of the town meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in town hall.
The resolution will remove residential permit parking during the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days from:
• East and west sides of Hunter Drive from Linwood Avenue to South Shamrock Road;
• North and south sides of the 300 block of Linwood Avenue from Giles Street to South Shamrock;
• East and west sides of the 400 block of Linwood Avenue from South Shamrock Road to Linwood Garth;
• East and west sides of Linwood Court; and