Bel Air officials had a light agenda before them with a police officer recognition and storm water management issues forming the bulk of town business.
The public meeting took place at Bel Air Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Avenue in Bel Air.
Look for more on both Joyce Oliver and Cpl. Mike Clymer this week.
Find updates from the town meeting below:
7:58 p.m.: “There’s a reason that Bel Air is the way it is and it’s because of people like you,” Hopkins said. He thanked her on both a personal and professional level for all of her hard work.
7:57 p.m.: “The qualities that come to mind when I think of Joyce Oliver, first of all she’s a very hard working person,” Carey said. “She’s also someone who’s always fair.”
7:56 p.m.: Burdette said her husband explained to her the meetings always run so smoothly because of “Joyce’s Rules.”
7:56 p.m.: Preston said Oliver was a great help while he served as mayor. “She was always there to point me in the right direction,” Preston said.
7:55 p.m.: Commissioner Robert Reier thanks Joyce Oliver for her dedication. “Our jobs would be a heck of a lot harder if it weren’t for Joyce Oliver.”
7:55 p.m.: There is no public comment.
7:55 p.m.: The only announcement is that a reception for Joyce Oliver will be held after the meeting.
7:55 p.m.: The motion carries in unanimous vote.
7:53 p.m.: Robertson said the contract includes landscaping trees and shrubbery along Main Street, at the Armory and town flowerbeds. Only one firm submitted a bid. BuddyBoy has been providing the service for years. Staff recommends approval of the contract for $30,500.
7:53 p.m.: Carey moves to award a contract for gardening services.
7:52 p.m.: The board votes unanimously in favor of approving the additional costs.
7:49 p.m.: The total cost will then come to $104,523 for Pond 2 and $45,523 for Pond 3 the homeowner cost will be 637.33 for Pond 2. Pond 3 will be in part covered by Harford Day School, which is also served by that pond.
7:47 p.m.: Robertson said the town has an agreement with the homeowner’s association for payment on updates to drainage ponds. Pond 2 and Pond 3 were both worked on by the town this year. Additional work in the amount of $14,000 was needed one pond. The total additional cost for Pond 2 was about $28,000. The total cost for Pond 3 was about $4,000.
7:46 p.m.: Commissioner Robert Preston moves to approve storm water pond rehabilitation at Majors Choice.
7:46 p.m.: The board votes unanimously in favor of the motion and it carries.
7:46 p.m.: Robertson said he does not believe this project will exacerbate any issues downstream.
7:44 p.m.: Commissioner David Carey asks who owns the property where the stream is located. Robertson said it is on property between the condominiums and Bud’s Car Wash, but is typically considered waterways of the United States and updates must be funded by the government.
7:42 p.m.: Director of Public Works, Randy Robertson, said for a number of years erosion has been a problem near Plumtree Park in the culvert beneath George Street. Staff recommends approval of the motion.
7:41 p.m.: Commissioner Susan Burdette moves to approve Stream Bank Stabilization for $9,275 contract with Ecotone.
7:41 p.m.: The minutes from the Dec. 3 meeting are approved in unanimous vote.
7:31 p.m.: The town makes a presentation to Cpl. Mike Clymer to recognize his coming retirement.
7:29 p.m.: Edward Hopkins calls the meeting to order.