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The Harford County Council last week introduced bills that would pave the way for a 36-hole golf course near Havre de Grace, help the county open up a police precinct in Edgewood and allow the 911 emergency center to add employees.

County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann is supporting a Pennsylvania developer's plan to build a $30 million golf course on the Blenheim property, about 550 acres south of Havre de Grace.

Tuesday night, the council introduced a bill at her request that would make it easier for the developer to build the golf course. The bill alters zoning regulations slightly to allow golf courses on industrial land.

Under current law, golf courses are permitted by special exception in agricultural and residential zoning districts, but not for industry, said Arden C. Holdredge, director of planning and zoning.

The Blenheim property is mostly zoned for residential and agricultural uses, Mrs. Holdredge said, but about 50 acres is zoned for industry.

Should the council pass the bill, it does not guarantee that the golf course developer will get approval to build. He first must apply for the special exception, and have a public hearing.

In other action, the council:

* Will hold a public hearing Nov. 14 on a proposal to transfer $50,000 to the 911 center in Hickory to hire more staff. Funds are expected to come from mobile phone users who will pay 50 cents per month for 911 service.

* Considered three budget bills that would help fund a proposed police substation in the Edgewood area. The bills ask for $470,000 to purchase, renovate and equip the station house.

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