December 22, 1991


The Havre de Grace Council has voted to start work on its own tree preservation bill, rather than follow a tree law adopted by the CountyCouncil earlier this year.

A bill written specifically for Havre de Grace would give administrators more flexibility in meeting the city's need to conserve trees, said Stanley Ruchlewicz, the city's planning director.

The city bill will be based on regulations in county and state tree laws, Ruchlewicz said. The county tree law requires developers to preserve some trees at building sites as well as replace trees cut down for development.

"We have a lot trees in town," Ruchlewicz said. "We want to make sure that when we have to plant, we can be more flexible."

The city has about 800 trees along the streets in the historic district, from the Susquehanna River to Juniata Street between Chesapeake Drive and McLhinney Park, Ruchlewicz said. This does not include trees at parks, schools or on private property.

In addition, about 7 percent of the city is classified as forestland, Ruchlewicznoted.

City administrators expect to have the tree bill ready forstate reviews and council action by April 30. The bill would take affect at the end of 1992.


The Bel Air Town Council will take up the question of whether to hire a manager to help attract more customers to town businesses at its Jan. 6 meeting.

Carol Deibel, the town's planning director, said the five town commissioners are considering creating a community development management authority.

Under a community development authority, a hired administrator would be responsible for scheduling activities, such County Courthouse concert sponsored by the Bel Air Business Association last summer.


Millard Purcell, chief of the Bel AirVolunteer Fire Company, was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame this month.

Purcell was one of 50 Marylanders recognized for volunteer service. He was among 2,000 nominees considered.

Captain Edward Hopkins of the fire company said Purcell has more than 52 years of active service with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. Since 1988, Purcell has responded to 4,287 out of 4,449 emergencyfire calls, said Hopkins.


Aberdeen willget a new senior center with a $250,000 matching grant has been approved by the state Board of Public Works.

The state committed Wednesday to replacing the Aberdeen Senior Center, which is housed in a former USO building at 60 N. Parke St.

The new center will be built at the corner of Franklin and Howard streets, where the city bought property last year.

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