Poole joins Bel Air's town board Real estate broker replaces Goles

November 22, 1992|By Phyllis Brill | Phyllis Brill,Staff Writer

Russell O. Poole, a longtime Homestead Village resident, is Bel Air's newest town commissioner.

The 56-year-old independent real estate broker, sworn in at Monday's town commissioners meeting, succeeds Patrick Goles, who resigned last month after nearly eight years on the commission.

The other four board members selected Mr. Poole to fill the remainder of Mr. Goles' four-year term, which ends next March.

Mr. Goles, who recently moved to Churchville, resigned Oct. 31 because of a stipulation that commissioners must live in Bel Air.

Mr. Poole, a Towson native, has lived in Bel Air since 1973, when he moved to his Linwood Avenue home with his wife, Betty Anne, and sons, Steven and Brendan. He has been active in Harford County Parks and Recreation and has been president of the Homestead Village Community Association twice since 1988.

Voters elect town commissioners to four-year terms, but the board selects a replacement when vacancies occur in mid-term.

Mr. Poole, one of three applicants for the job, will face election in March 1993. The other two applicants were Stephen C. Burdette, an architect, and the Rev. Larry W. Wanaselja.

In other action, the commission approved construction of a 270-seat Red Lobster restaurant on Baltimore Pike and the opening of a scuba training center and shop at the Harford Mall annex.

The 8,355-square-foot restaurant will be next to Bob's Big Boy near the Business Route 1 entrance to Tollgate Mall.

The Red Lobster is expected to bring about 80 jobs to the county and probably will open in five to six months, said Carol Deibel, Bel Air's director of planning and community development.

Ms. Deibel said the board's approval of the franchise is in keeping with the recommendations of a marketing study completed by Bel Air in June, which called for two more family-style restaurants. She noted that since the study was completed, another franchise restaurant, Ruby Tuesday, also has been approved. It will open in Bel Air Plaza, probably in January or February, she said.

The scuba center, Scubamerica Inc., which sells diving equipment and trains scuba divers, will be in the Harford Mall annex, the strip center anchored by Basics. Ms. Deibel said it probably will open in early 1993, after construction of a diving pool.

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