Harford Digest


July 31, 2005

Office on Aging checked on elderly during hot spell

Staff members at the Harford County Office on Aging checked on frail elderly clients during the recent National Weather service heat advisory.

Those who did not have working cooling units were invited to use the McFaul Activities Center, the county's designated cooling center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center, also known as the Bel Air Senior Center, is at 525 W. MacPhail Road in Bel Air.

The Aberdeen and Edgewood senior centers are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday as cooling centers.

To request assistance for a frail elderly neighbor, relative or friend: 410-638-3025. For information about the McFaul Center: 410-638-4040, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 410-638-3528 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Development office to focus on APG growth

The Harford County Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Army Alliance Inc., is to pursue transportation and infrastructure improvements to facilitate anticipated growth at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The collaboration results in part from a recent Pentagon recommendation that a large communications-electronics command be created at APG. The recommendation, under review by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, would result in 5,000 jobs in the next four to six years.

The Army Alliance recently approved a proposal by Frederick Ward Associates to identify regional transportation improvements needed to meet anticipated demand over the next 20 years.

The recommendations will be used to compile a list of projects for discussion concerning transit services for APG and the Government and Technology Enterprise, a 200-acre project planned adjacent to the base.

Harford County is expected to spend more than $56 million on road and network infrastructure improvements over the next three years, and the state is expected to spend more than $110 million in the next five years.

Information: www.marylandready.com.

Craig curbs fundraising during rezoning process

Harford County Executive David R. Craig has issued an executive order halting fundraising by his political campaign committee while his administration is dealing with comprehensive rezoning.

Although Craig had imposed Nov. 1 as a deadline for submitting the comprehensive rezoning ordinance to the Harford County Council, the fundraising ban will extend through Jan. 1.

Election office to open at new site Aug. 8

The Harford County Election Office is to move from Bel Air to Forest Hill this month. The new, larger office, at 133 Industry Lane in the Forest Hill Industrial Air Park, is to open at 8 a.m. Aug. 8.

During the move, residents can call board at 410-638-3565. Information is available at the board's Web site: www.co.ha.md.us/elections.

Roads to be closed for bridge rehabilitation

The Harford County Construction Management Bureau has announced the closing this week of Whitaker Mill and West Ring Factory roads, between Tollgate and Old Joppa roads, for about 60 days.

The closing is necessary for a bridge rehabilitation project. Signs will be posted to guide motorists around the work site.

Information: 410-638-3561.

Yard-waste drop-off site to be closed until Tuesday

The Tollgate yard-waste drop-off site, across from the Harford County Equestrian Center off North Tollgate Road in Bel Air, is to be closed through tomorrow because of the Harford County Farm Fair, which ends today at the equestrian center. The drop-off site will reopen Tuesday.

While Tollgate is closed, the Harford Waste Disposal Center's compost site in Street will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Information: Harford County Office of Recycling, 410-638-3417.

@SUBHEDBoard of Estimates postpones meeting

The Harford County Board of Estimates meeting set for Aug. 25 has been postponed. Board members are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 in the second-floor conference room at the Harford County Administrative Office Building, 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air.

The Harford County Environmental Advisory Board, which canceled its July 19 meeting, will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the same location.

Information: 410-638-3103.

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