Aberdeen has received nearly $1 million in federal grants that will help the town expand its sewer system and construct a new senior citizens center.
The town received $986,200 for the two projects. It will use $586,000 to expand the sewage treatment plant to accommodate waste from the new Frito-Lay plant under construction south of the town, town administrators said.
In addition, the town will use $400,000 to design and construct anew senior citizens center on Franklin Street, across from Festival Park, administrators said.
The town expects to get another $200,000 from the county for the project. Aberdeen has already acquired the land for the center.
The money comes from federal community development block grants, which are distributed among the states. Maryland received a total of $9.5 million in grants.
BEL AIR PONDERS PARKING
Bel Air's town council will consider yet another parking proposal to enhance the use of the town's parking garage at its meeting tomorrow night.
Under current parking regulations, any expanding businessin the town center that must provide more parking spaces can choose to pay the town a fee instead of providing the on-site parking.
At$1,400 per space annually, that can be expensive for a business owner, said Carol Deibel, the town's planning director.
"Instead of paying the fee in lieu of providing parking, we're considering giving them the ability to rent parking spaces in the garage or on the Hickory Avenue lot for $45 per month," said Deibel.
"In some instances it may be cheaper to rent, and they could also rent spaces for their employees to park."
Businesses are only required to provide additional parking or pay the fee if they expand or change the nature of their operations, she said.
Money from the fees paid in lieu of parking goes into an account that will eventually pay for a new garage, Deibel said.
The Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall onHickory Avenue.