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Aberdeen council members approve code amendment

Aberdeen City council members approved an ordinance during their meeting Monday evening that would end the mandated city council presence on volunteer committees.

Prior to Monday's adoption of the amended code, a city council member was required to serve as a liaison on the various volunteer committees for the city. Mayor Mike Bennett said the change would be more effective and allow the committee chairperson to come to the council directly with any concerns or issues.

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Council members also approved a letter of support for the Boys and Girls Club of Harford County's application for a community development block grant to supply funding for the Vi Ripken Youth Development Park.

Director of Public Works Matt Lapinsky submitted a bid for approval for the renovation of the pump filter system at the swim club pool. Council members approved the award of a $49,590 contract to Lothorian LLC of Phoenix for the project, which is also funded by a grant.

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Harford schools underfunded, teacher says

A local public school teacher, Ryan Burbey, attended the city council meeting and was the only person to speak during the public comment portion of the evening. Burbey joked that he wasn't there to complain about the city, but he was serious when he spoke about his issues with the school system.

School buildings are in disrepair, Burbey said, because the school system has been underfunded in past years.

Burbey asked the mayor and city council members to support him and send letters to the county executive, as well as to join with him and other members of the Harford County Education Association to express their concerns at the March 13 Harford County Council meeting.

Presentations

Elaine Bennett, the mayor's wife, came with her niece, Dee Halsey, to promote the Relay for Life event on June 8 at Havre de Grace High School. Elaine Bennett lost her sister, Halsey's mother, to cancer and urged council members and attending citizens to participate in the event.

With Lapinsky, Mike Bennett also handed out awards to the Aberdeen Proving Ground and Aberdeen City wastewater treatment plants and water systems for maintaining 100 percent compliance with state regulations.

Upcoming meetings

The city council will hold a retreat Saturday in the board room at Cal Sr.'s Yard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The next regular council meeting is Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

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