Council set to introduce 4 bills at meeting

Public hearings on zoning, ambulance service also set

January 19, 2003|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

Two public hearings are scheduled to precede Tuesday's Harford County Council meeting, and four bills are scheduled to be introduced during the business meeting.

At 6:45 p.m., a hearing is scheduled on two bills in the Chesapeake Critical Area Management Program. One seeks to change zoning and correct a mapping error on the Perryman peninsula, where a marina, restaurant and residential development is planned by Gablers Shore LLC, while the other seeks to change zoning for the Bush River Yacht Club property on Long Bar Harbor.

At Perryman, a 6.12-acre tract designated a resource conservation area because of a mapping error in 1988 would be changed to a limited development area. Also, 15.4 acres designated as limited development area would be changed to intensively developed area on the property at Gablers Shore on the Bush River off Perryman Road. The property includes the site of the former Gabler's crab house.

Gablers Shore LLC plans to put a restaurant and a marina on the site as well as about 55 residential units.

At Bush River Yacht Club, a 4.25-acre parcel zoned as a limited development area would be changed to an intensely developed area designation to allow for rebuilding of piers and other remodeling, officials said.

At 7:45 p.m., a hearing is scheduled that would allow commercial ambulance service in village business, B3, commercial and general industrial zoned areas.

During the business meeting, which starts at 8 p.m., four bills are scheduled for introduction. One seeks a transfer of $750,000 from the Pay Go Capital Improvements Fund to the General County Capital Project Fund for snow removal. Another seeks to transfer $44,517 within the General County Capital Project Fund for the Hosanna School Project, the restoration of the building where freed black slaves were taught in the 19th century near Darlington.

Council members Richard C. Slutzky, Dion F. Guthrie and Cecelia M. Stepp are to introduce legislation seeking to change wording in the charter to allow council members to serve while employed by the state, county or a municipal government. To serve on the council, Slutzky had to retire as a Harford public school teacher as of Jan. 1 because of the charter provision.

A bill to authorize Harford County to borrow $400,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration to help Harford Community College buy and install energy-efficient lighting and "green" roofs and conduct an energy audit is also on the agenda.

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