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Major's Choice residents to be billed for stormwater pond work

Many residents in the Major's Choice development in Bel Air are about to get bills for repairs being made to two of the three stormwater management ponds in the neighborhood.

The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners is set to vote at its meeting Monday to award two separate contracts for the repairs, Public Works Director Randolph Robertson said at Tuesday's town work session.

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The development's homeowners association also requested the town's help for the other of its three ponds in 2010.

These contracts are for the remaining two ponds in the development. The second pond requires more work, Robertson said, and will cost approximately $76,000, or $465 per household. That will be spread out over three annual payments of approximately $155 per household, plus the $30 administrative fee per household per year.

Repairs for the third pond will cost approximately $41,000, which breaks down to $332 per household, Robertson said. There will be two annual payments of $166 per household, per year, plus the $30 administrative fee.

Residents will only have to pay for the repairs to the pond that serves their household.

The same contractor who was recently approved for similar work in the Roland Place development is recommended in this bid, Robinson added.

The town commissioners also discussed buying a new video system Tuesday.

Administration Director Joyce Oliver recommended a $7,596 contract be awarded to VPC Inc. for the installation of a video system in the town hall rotunda. VPC has worked with Harford Cable Network and Havre de Grace, Oliver said, and, if approved, will install a video graphics computer system.

"I think it will improve and expand what we can do with presentations," she said.

The system will include two television screens in the main portion of town hall, which will be situated so they'll be seen by both the commissioners and the audience, Town Administrator Chris Schlehr said.

2012 Tree Plan

Robert Syphard, of the Bel Air Tree Committee, recommended a contract for a tree-planting project be awarded to Ashton Manor Environmental LLC of Montgomery County for the planting of redbud, Okame cherry, serviceberry and Hornbeam trees along South Main Street.

The project is from Idlewild to MacPhail Road, he said, and includes approximately 31 trees. The trees should be planted by the end of April.

Syphard also gave a brief review of the 2012 tree plan.

In 2012, the tree committee hopes to do a tree inventory for Bel Air and any conflicts from tree roots or other potential issues. The last inventory was done by the forest service in the early 1990s, Syphard added.

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As far as recommendations for the upcoming year, Syphard said they want to focus on planting along the residential corridor, as well as develop a plan that connects the removal of certain trees with their planting their replacements.

Other business

Robertson also recommended the town renew its contract with JD Mowing Services. Although the town advertised for a new mowing contract, the company that already has the contract was the only one to respond. The price only rose slightly.

The town's budget for fiscal year 2013 will be presented during Monday's town hall meeting. Finance Director Lisa Moody said she could not comment on the budget Wednesday and that it was still being put together in order to be presented Monday night.

As for this year's budget, Moody said everything is on track.

Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on a budget amendment which, if passed, would change the fees associated with ethics violations in the town.

Tuesday's meeting ended in a closed session to discuss appointments to the ethics board and board of appeals, as well as pending litigation.

The next Bel Air town meeting is Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

This story has been updated, as well as corrected from an earlier version, regarding how residents of Major's Choice will be assessed for the storm pond repairs.

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