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Bel Air commissioners OK purchase of three new police cars to replace aging vehicles

The Bel Air Police Department will have three new cars on patrol this winter, likely some time in February.

Bel Air town commissioners on Dec. 16 unanimously approved the purchase of the new vehicles as well as the equipment packages.

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The patrol cars, which will come from Hertrich Fleet Services in Milford, Delaware, through a piggyback contract with Howard County, will cost $106,179, Bel Air Chief Charles Moore told the commissioners.

The equipment packages, which will include radio consoles, interior bar lights, sirens and decals on patrol vehicles in addition to other equipment, will be installed by Global Public Safety Corporation of Hanover under a contract for $34,805.

Share the Road

Through the Share the Road program, primary bicycle routes throughout the town will be identified as part of its bicycle and pedestrian plan, with lanes dedicated just for cyclists along roads with intense traffic, Planning Director Kevin Small said.

A contract for $39,225 was awarded to A1 Super Seal Inc. of Churchville to provide 41 bike route signs, 42 directional arrow signs, 74 pavement decals in the shape of a bicycle and 900 feet of stop bars at intersections with stop signs throughout town, Small said.

The main routes will be in the area of Lee Street, North Shamrock Road, Linwood Road and Broadway, he said.

“The idea is to link up with county routes,” Small said.

The town had previously postponed installing the signs until it could coordinate with Harford County, which is working to identify its bike routes, he said.

The work could begin soon but could be delayed until spring when the weather is better, Small said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, former commissioner Brendan Hopkins was appointed to a three-year term as an alternate to the Board of Appeals and Graham Becker was appointed to a three-year term on the Tree Committee.

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