Bel Air town commissioners will consider signing a mutual aid agreement that will allow the town to receive reimbursement if it gives money or resources to another jurisdiction during a state of emergency.

The agreement was discussed during Tuesday's commissioners work session and is set to be voted on during this Monday's town hall meeting.


Town Administrator Chris Schlehr explained the agreement is something the Maryland Municipal League (MML) is advocating, so if one municipality helps another in the state after a natural disaster that municipality would be reimbursed with federal funds.

Public Works Director Randy Robertson added that entering into the agreement would be the only way the federal government recognizes the refund.

"The town would sign up," Robertson explained, "adopt the mutual aid agreement, sign it and they [the Maryland Municipal Public Works Association] would keep it on file at the MML. And if there was a situation where Aberdeen, for example, needed some help, they could call us, we could agree to help them with the resources we have and go do that."

At this point, Aberdeen and Port Deposit are the only municipalities in the immediate area that are also part of the mutual aid agreement.

"I think it's a good thing," Schlehr commented.

Public hearing on ethics code

Also during Monday's meeting will be a public hearing on Ordinance 755-12, the town's ethics code.

The town recently decided to amend the current code to reflect that volunteer committee members are not required to provide a financial disclosure statement.

Municipalities, counties and other public bodies are under state mandate to adopt new ethics codes, including financial disclosure requirements, that conform to new state guidelines.

Parade routes

Routes for the Bel Air High School homecoming parade and annual Christmas parade were approved.

The homecoming parade will begin at Harford Mutual at Gordon and Bond streets on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. and make its way to the high school, ending by 7 p.m.

The town Christmas parade will be held Dec. 2 and begin at 3:30 p.m. The route will be the same as last year and, again, have its staging area next to Dark Horse Saloon at Main Street and Churchville Road.