Bel Air set to repair sewer line on busy Rock Spring Road

The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners is set to approve a contract to repair a sewer line along one of the town's most heavily used streets

The town has a contract to fix the sewer service line connected to a property in the 700 block of Rock Spring Road, Deputy Public Works Director Stephen D. Kline explained during a commissioners and staff work session Tuesday evening.

Kline said the repairs will include replacing failing underground pipes, which is causing the curb to sink in.

"We do repairs all the time, but this is more in-depth because of traffic on Rock Spring Road," Kline said. Rock Spring Road in the area of the planned repair is North Main Street extended or Route 924.

Three different contractors have bid on the construction project. Kline said the road will be inaccessible to traffic during the construction. Final approval of the contract is expected at the upcoming town meeting on Monday night.

Trail, forest easements

A plan to receive public easements in two neighboring communities, to enhance walking and biking opportunities, was also discussed during Tuesday's work session.

When the town approved the subdivision plan for Brookhill Manor in 1997, an area at the end of Raspberry Hill Court off East Ring Factory Road was reserved for a tot lot, but construction of the playground never happened, Planning Director Kevin Small explained.

Small said the original developers, Nick and Anna Dombrowski, were contracted to pay a $50,000 fee for the tot lot, but instead, the town is requesting an easement to provide public access for town residents through the area.

"The connection will be at Raspberry Court and Jackson Boulevard [in Bradford Village]," Small said. "It will work in accordance with the Bike and Pedestrian Plan and provide public access to the town."

Under the easement agreement with members of the Dombrowski family, the developers will provide the land and pay a difference of $7,955, Small said Wednesday.

Town Administrator Chris G. Schlehr said the easement is essentially a people made trail, but he hopes the town at some point makes arrangements for a bridge over Farnandis Branch, which runs through the property.

A similar easement is slated for approval off Pequot Drive and Jackson Boulevard in Bradford Village, which received subdivision approval in the late 1970s. The developer of Bradford Village was also the Dombrowski family.

Small said nothing was built on the site in question because part of the property lies in a 100-year floodplain.

Instead of requiring a forest conservation plan be paid to preserve the floodplain, the town is receiving an easement to ensure the wooded area will not be cut down, Small said.

Employee leave provisions

The Town Board is also expected to vote Monday on a revision to the administrative policy for town employees.

Town employees accrue administrative leave for three reasons: working certain holidays, working during bad weather or for receiving safety or attendance awards.

Under the current system, each category has a different designated expiration if the employee does not use the leave, Director of Administration Michael L. Krantz explained.

"They way we currently track administrative leave is complicated for the number of employees we have," Krantz said.

Krantz said under the new policy, town employees will still accrue administrative leave the same way, but can only carry over a maximum of 40 hours of leave into a new year calendar year.

"Essentially, if they don't use the hours they lose them," Krantz said.

Schlehr said the new carry-over system will make tracking administrative leave a simpler process. He also said employees will not be able to be compensated for unused administrative leave when they retire or stop working for the town.

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