Seminar to focus on preserving land The Harford County...

HARFORD DIGEST

November 19, 2006

Seminar to focus on preserving land

The Harford County Planning and Zoning Department will sponsor an Agricultural Land Preservation Seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at Highland Presbyterian Church, 701 Highland Road in Street.

Presenters include Bill Amoss, administrator, Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation Program; Elizabeth Weaver, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program; Stacey Schaefer, Maryland Rural Legacy Program; Jay Young, attorney, Brown, Brown and Young; Brian Luttres, certified public accountant, Clifton Gunderson LLP; Molly Brumbley, general real estate appraiser, Farm Credit; Peg Niland, Harford Land Trust; and Debra Bowers, Manor Rural Legacy.

Topics will include Harford County rural land-use goals, land-preservation easement program options, partnerships with land trusts, land preservation and estate planning, land-preservation income tax tools, the effect of land preservation on property value, and a recap of benefits of conservation easements versus development. A roundtable discussion with easement land owners will be held.

To register and request disability-related accommodations, call 410-638-3104 by Wednesday.

Offices, landfill to close for holiday

Harford County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

The Harford County landfill will be closed both days. Waste to Energy will be closed Thursday and open Friday.

The Harford County public library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and be closed Thursday and Friday.

Emergency agency gets spokeswoman

Harford County government officials have announced the appointment of Susan Collins, the government and community relations public information officer, as public information officer for the county's Division of Emergency Operations.

The appointment, effective tomorrow, will mark the first time a county division or agency has had its own spokesman.

"We need coordinated and cohesive outreach messages sent out to Harford County citizens in order to prepare for a significant event or to mobilize during an event so as to minimize property damage and loss of life," said emergency services manager Ernie Crist.

A Connecticut native and former newspaper reporter, Collins, 53, began her public service career 20 years ago as a media assistant in Harford's Office of Economic Department before being a public information officer in the media relations office.

Bel Air library to close for 2 weeks

The Bel Air public library branch will be closed Saturday through Dec. 8 to install new systems to improve customer service, including self-checkout and wireless Internet access.

Drive-through window service will remain open for returns and pickups. Drive-through hours are 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Library Store will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Library Store merchandise also will be sold at the Abingdon and Jarrettsville branches through Jan. 13.

Information: 410-638-3151.

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