The Aberdeen Commissioners are considering requiring all town commercial enterprises to join a new business authority supported by an annual $100 licensing fee.

The proposal, which will be introduced andconsidered for passage Sept. 23 at the commission meeting in Town Hall, would create an independent commercial district management authority.

The authority's membership would cover all businesses, including retail stores and services like doctors and lawyers. The authority would have separate committees to oversee development of businesses in Aberdeen's downtown and west end sections.

Aberdeen would collect the annual fee but authority members would vote for their own independent officers.

The money collected from an estimated 250 businesses would be used to support commerce, including promotion, security patrols, lighting and snow removal.

Money could also be used as matching grants for state aid and to support payment on debt-financed projects like parking.


Bel Air Town commissioners are considering banning parking on weekday afternoons on the north side of Lee Street near Bel Air Elementary School.

Carol Deibel,town planning commissioner, said the legislation will be introduced tomorrow night to ban parking between 3 and 4 p.m. on the north side of Lee Street from Bel Air Elementary's driveway to Hickory Avenue.

"Now that we're busing students from Major's Choice and Howard Park, there are many more buses lined up in the afternoons, more than canfit on the school parking lot" said Deibel. "We've had quite a problem with stacking."

She said school administrators tried unsuccessfully to block off the area with bright plastic cones to keep people from parking on that side of the street.


Havre de Grace has received a $302,000 federal grant to remodel the Somerset Manor apartments.

The grant, announced last week by U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrest, R-1st, was awarded under a federal program for improving low-income housing.

Somerset Manor is in the center of the city, off Pulaski Highway.

The money, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used by the city HousingAuthority to modernize 60 apartments at the complex.

In addition to Havre de Grace, housing authorities in Elkton, Easton and St. Michael's will receive a total of $3.2 million in grants for housing projects.

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