Harford County and its municipalities had either broken the bank or were close to breaking on their snow removal budgets even before a winter storm dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow around the county in mid-February.
Bel Air could be the third and final municipality in Harford County to sign on to the second phase of implementing a regional water and sewer authority, if the members of the Board of Town Commissioners approve a memorandum of understanding during their next meeting.
The Bel Air Town Commissioners received an overall clean audit report during their work session Monday, although it must undergo a final review before the formal presentation during the Jan. 21 town meeting.
The Bel Air town commissioners approved an agreement to create a municipal police SWAT team with Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, along with contracts to purchase emergency equipment for three new police cars, build a pavilion in Plumtree Park as well as accept tax-exempt financing for the purchase of six vehicles.
The Bel Air town commissioners are scheduled to vote on an Inter-Agency Police Services Agreement during their Sept. 16 town meeting, an agreement designed to cement Bel Air police officers' participation in a municipal SWAT team.
The Bel Air town commissioners unanimously voted against a budget amendment Monday that would have put $55,000 in savings toward town employee pension funds in order to review the "overall health" of the pensions, which are short by more than $100,000 for the 2013 fiscal year.
Bel Air town officials have an opportunity to put at least $50,000 into their employees' pension funds, if the town commissioners approve a resolution during next Monday's town meeting to amend the budget for the 2013 fiscal year.
The Bel Air town commissioners honored two local men Monday for their work with the Greater Bel Air Community Foundation, a nearly 15-year-old nonprofit which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars toward community projects in Bel Air and the surrounding areas.
When they meet on March 18, the members of the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners will be asked to vote on charging a $10 fee to owners of property sold at a tax sale auction – the result of the county charging the $10 fee to the town.
When the Bel Air Police Department's four newest police cruisers go on the street later this month, they'll not only be a different make and model from the older cars in the fleet, they'll also sport a new paint scheme.
Bel Air's town employees will get a 3 percent raise in July and residents of English Country Manor should soon get their long sought traffic light at Gateway Drive and Boulton Street under the 2013 town budget that received final approval from the Board of Town Commissioners Monday.