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Fountain coming to Bel Air's Shamrock Park; Plaza Starbucks open

Work should begin the month on the installation of a fountain in the flag court area of Bel Air's Shamrock Park, next to the William A. Humbert Amphitheater.
Work should begin the month on the installation of a fountain in the flag court area of Bel Air's Shamrock Park, next to the William A. Humbert Amphitheater. (AEGIS FILE PHOTO, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Bel Air town officials are preparing to install a fountain in Shamrock Park next month.

The town also is welcoming a new Starbucks, the first in the area with a drive-through window, that opened last Friday in Bel Air Plaza on Baltimore Pike.

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The Board of Town Commissioners is scheduled to vote on a contract for the installation and construction of the new fountain during the upcoming town meeting Monday night.

Once the contract is approved, Planning Director Kevin Small said it could take about a month to complete the construction, depending on the weather. He's been planning the project for several months.

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He said the fountain, which has been donated by Kathleen and William Bacon, of Bel Air, will be placed near the William Humbert Amphitheater in an area that serves as a flag court. The flags will be moved.

"You can visualize, basically, putting a basin where the flags are," Small explained during Tuesday afternoon's commissioners work session.

He said the fountain will make the location "a little bit more usable and a little more of a gathering place."

The fountain donated by the Bacons is a J.W. Fiske product. The company was known for its cast-iron fountains and statues during the late 1800s, and Small said J.W. Fiske fountains can also be found in New York City's Central Park.

Small said the cost of the project is about $25,000 – part of which will be covered by a contribution from the Dresher Foundation, which has made prior contributions to the town to improve Shamrock Park.

Monday's town meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m at the Bel Air Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Ave.

Plaza Starbucks open

Economic Development Director Trish Heidenreich announced the "good news" of the opening of the Starbucks in the Bel Air Plaza, as well as the opening of the Steelefish Grilleon Boulton Street in mid-September.

Heidenreich said she has used the Starbucks drive-through line and also saw people sitting at tables outside the store.

"I thought that was really, really nice," she said.

The new Starbucks occupies a former bank building in the plaza parking lot. It's just a short distance from two other Starbucks, one inside Target and the other in Tollgate Marketplace.

Dump truck purchase

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The commissioners are also scheduled to review a nearly $79,000 purchase of a dump truck for the town's public works department.

Public Works Director Steve Klein said during the work session that the truck will be a new 2015 Ford F550 diesel single-axle dump truck, the second one purchased for public works.

"It just has been a great success of a vehicle, and we're going to try to add another one," Klein said of the first Ford F550, which the town purchased in 2012.

Klein said the dump truck will be used by the streets section of public works, and it will replace a quad-cab pickup truck. The pickup will go the sanitation section, and Klein suggested the pickup can be used to transport sanitation workers who had been riding the back of a trash truck.

He said they can ride in the pickup while the trash truck is driven to an incinerator to drop off its load.

Klein said the dump truck will cost $78,990, nearly $5,000 more than the $74,000 public works officials budgeted for the vehicle.

"I just plan on under-spending the public works budget by that amount by the end of the year," he said.

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