Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Harford County Executive David Craig has said he plans to run for office in 2014, although he has not specified which office he will seek.
Harford County Executive David Craig announced Tuesday his endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to become the next GOP candidate for President. Craig's announcement comes just days before early voting begins in the Maryland primary. In a release, Craig, a Republican, explained that he supports Romney because he believes Romney is the candidate most likely to beat President Barack Obama in the November general election. He added that Romney also has the leadership skills and experience to be President. "If, like me, you hope to see America right its course this November, then I ask you, I urge you to join me in supporting Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America," Craig said in the release. See Craig's full …
Monday, March 19, 2012
The state required all municipalities to update ethics laws, and the time for input on Bel Air's new ethics legislation is tonight, March 19.
Maryland required all municipalities to update ethics laws to incorporate conflict of interest standards and financial disclosure requirements at least as stringent as those required for state officials. The Bel Air Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the new legislation Monday. The ethics laws were initially meant to be in place by Oct. 1, 2011, according to the government's website on the subject. At a previous town work session, Joyce Oliver, director of administration and town clerk, said there was significant backup when it came to the state's review of these ethics changes and the town's paperwork was submitted in a timely fashion. A public hearing on the updated ethics laws will take place during the regularly scheduled …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Early voting begins a week from Saturday.
Early voting in the state primary election begins a week from Saturday in Harford County, and Patch wants to know who would win if Harford's were the only votes counted. In the wake of Super Tuesday last week and notable Southern primaries this week, four candidates remain in the running to become the next Republican candidate for president. Rick Santorum beat Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich by a narrow margin in both Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday, a win Fox News says will keep the race alive for some time. "Rick Santorum ensured that the Republican nominating battle will drag on, possibly into the spring and beyond, after pulling off a pair of victories in the Deep South on Tuesday-as the presidential primary race passes the midway …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Bel Air Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday this week in light of the Monday President's Day holiday.
Two pieces of legislation have public hearings scheduled during this week's meeting of the Bel Air Board of Commissioners. A budget amendment is also up for discussion. The board will meet tonight, Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. in town hall located at 29 N. Hickory Ave. The first hearing will be on amendments to the town's development regulations. Among the proposed changes is an amendment reducing the number of parking spaces a developer is required to provide in certain zoning areas including B2, B3A and B2A. The second hearing is on a proposed town administrative fee of $30 for residents in communities where the Department of Public Works conducts special projects.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In anticipation of protests from those who do not want the code updated, the county council has requested additional police presence at Tuesday's meeting.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
If the review board's recommendations are passed, county council members would be limited to serving two consecutive terms.
Monday, February 6, 2012
The Bel Air Bord of Commissioners hold their regularly scheduled meeting on the first and third Monday of each month.
The Bel Air Board Of Commissioners will hold its regular business meeting tonight at town hall. On the agenda are proposed fees, development regulation amendments, some of which may impact parking, and reappointments to two town commissions. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Bel Air Town Hall at 39 N. Hickory Ave. See attached documents for full agenda and pending legislation. 8:03 p.m.: The commissioners and mayor had no additional comments and the meeting was adjourned. 8:01 p.m.: Carey said even if it’s for drug and alcohol or mental health recovery, legally the town cannot dictate the use if there are eight people or fewer. These must be treated as a family under state law. Small said a halfway house has more connection with …
The Bel Air Board of Commissioners will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting tonight, Monday.
The Bel Air Board Of Commissioners will hold its regular business meeting on tonight at town hall. On the agenda are proposed fees, development regulation amendments, some of which may impact parking, and reappointments to two town commissions. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Bel Air Town Hall at 39 N. Hickory Ave. See attached documents for full agenda and pending legislation. If you can't make it to the meeting yourself, check back with Patch for live updates from the meeting.
Parking was a hot issue during the Bel Air Board of Commissioners' discussion of proposed development regulation changes.
One of the Bel Air Commissioners expressed staunch opposition to reducing the number of parking spaces a developer is required to provide for certain business and residential uses as outlined in proposed development regulation changes. Developers in the Town of Bel Air are currently required to provide 2 1/2 off-street parking spaces for every condo and apartment, Town Planner Kevin Small said during last week's work session. For mixed-use retail, developers are currently required to provide a single parking space per 200 square feet of nonresidential space. Among the proposed amendments to the town's development regulations are changes to the parking requirements. Proposed changes would reduce the number of required spaces for condos and …
The Bel Air Board of Commissioners is expected to introduce a proposal to implement a new fee for projects handled by the Department of Public Works.
A proposed town administrative fee could cost some residents $30 more a year in communities where the Department of Public Works conducts special projects. The proposal was conceived following recurring needs for maintenance to drainage ponds in the Major's Choice development. Officials said the town was no longer interested in using tax dollars for the projects. Bel Air town finance director, Lisa Moody, explained the town lent a helping hand to members of the development in recent years by making improvements to one of several drainage ponds in the community. "It’s really the responsibility of the homeowner’s associations to maintain these ponds," Director of Public Works Randy Robertson said during last week's work session. Robertson …