Bel Air to start repairs on Rock Spring Road Thursday

The Bel Air Town Commissioners voted during their meeting Monday night to approve repairs to a sewer line in the 700 block of Rock Spring Road.

Construction will include repairing a break in the sewer line, which caused the road and curb in sink in, Deputy Public Works Director Stephen D. Kline said.

The commissioners approved a $10,750 contract with Civil Utility Construction Company, which submitted the lowest bid of the three contractors on the project.

Kline said residents can expect construction to begin Thursday and last one or two days.

Rock Spring Road will not be closed during the construction, instead flaggers will direct traffic through the road, Klein said.

Employee leave provisions

Commissioners voted to approve a new system of tracking administrative leave for Bel Air employees.

Employees receive administrative leave for three reasons: working certain holidays, working during inclement weather or receiving a safety or attendance award.

Each of the three categories has a different expiration date, Michael Krantz, director of administration, said. Administrative leave received from holidays expires March 1, inclement weather on Sept. 1 and June 30 for safety and attendance awards.

Employees are also eligible for extensions, which hold a different expiration date, if they fail to take their leave.

"While employees rarely lose administrative days, the tracking process is tedious for the administration," Krantz said.

Commissioners voted to do away with the expiration date system and approve a max of 40 administrative leave hours per employee, which roll over from year to year.

Employees will not be eligible to redeem any unused administrative leave time upon separation of employment, Krantz said.

Trail, forest easements

Two public easements to enhance walking and biking opportunities and green space conservation in neighboring communities were approved by the commissioners during the town hall meeting.

The creation of the easements will partially wave a $50,000 construction fee for a tot lot in Brookhill Manor and a forest conservation plan for Bradford Village, which were approved decades ago.

In 1997, the town approved a sub-division plan in Brookhill Manor to be reserved for a playground, which was never built, Kevin Small, the town's planning director, said.

Instead, the town has waved the $50,000 construction fee for an easement which will provide public access for town residents through the area. The developers, Nick, Ann and Bob, Inc., of the Drombrowski family, will provide the land and pay a difference of $7,955, Small said during a previous work session.

The connection will be at Raspberry Court and Jackson Boulevard.

The Drombrowski family will also provide a similar easement for Bradford Village, which received sub-division approval in the 1970s.

Nothing was built on the site because it's in a 100-year flood plain, Small said.

Instead of requiring the developer to play the forest conservation plan to preserve the flood plain, the town will use the easement to ensure the wooded area be preserved, Small said.

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