Changing Government

In the towns

December 08, 1991

Aberdeen Commissioners will consider a charter amendment tomorrow night that would change the town's form of government.

The measure would provide for voter election of a mayor and four-member city council, replacing the five-member Board of Commissioners.

The board will conduct a public hearing at its 7:30 p.m. meeting in Town Hall.

The amendment would take effect for the election next May, when Aberdeen celebrates its centennial year of charter government.

Each commissioner expressed support for the change when the measure was introduced last month.

A vote could be taken tomorrow night.

If passed, the amendment would become law unless challengedas a ballot referendum in the May election.

Anyone seeking to petition for referendum would have to to collect signatures from 20 percent of the town's registered voters within 40 days of adoption.


The Bel Air Commissioners on Monday denied a developer's request to build a car dealership on a four-acre tract along Route 24, across from the Motor Vehicles Administration building.

The dealership was one of three projects proposed by the Bel Air LandDevelopment Partnership that the commissioners either denied or tabled at the meeting.

The commissioners tabled voting on a plan for aservice station at Route 24 and MacPhail Road and a day-care center along South Atwood Road, behind the Bel Air Plaza shopping center.

The town annexed the sites for the three projects between 1987 and 1989.

The commissioners denied the plan for the dealership, saying the business would conflict with the annexation agreement. The agreement called for the 25-acre site to be developed with a hotel, convention center and "compatible uses." The commissioners said a car dealership does not fit into the definition of "compatible uses."

About 35 residents of the Fairwind Farms, Ponderosa and Tollgate Estates developments -- all outside the Bel Air limits -- attended the meeting to oppose to the development plans.


The Sunday School of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 Mount Royal Ave., Aberdeen,will present a Christmas pageant at 11 a.m. today.

Children will present the story of Christmas in word and song.

The early worshipservice at 8:30 a.m. will be conducted as usual with the Eucharist celebrated.

Information: 272-3111.

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