Harford Digest


April 01, 2007

24% rise sought for water rates

Maryland American Water, which serves nearly 5,000 customers in Bel Air, has applied to the Maryland Public Service Commission for a 24 percent rate increase, the utility's first in eight years.

The proposal, filed with the commission last week, would add $7.38 - about 25 cents a day - to the average monthly bill, which would rise to an estimated $38.61, according to a news release from the company.

The increase would generate nearly $800,000 in additional revenue, which the company says it needs to meet increases in operating costs and to pay for $3 million in capital improvements during the past eight years.

Rubble clogs sewer pipes

Rubble inadvertently dropped into a manhole by a paving contractor clogged sewer pipes and forced sewage into the basements of four townhouses in a residential subdivision north of Bel Air on Thursday evening.

About 1,800 gallons of untreated sewage overflowed, some of it reaching the nearby Bynum Run, county public works officials said. Residents reported the incident about 9 p.m. and the manhole was cleared within 90 minutes.

A large amount of rubble had fallen into the manhole at Centreville Road and Bramble Brook Lane. The county health department and the Maryland Department of the Environment cleaned the area and spread lime.

The county posted signs with information on the overflow and a recommendation to avoid the stream for the next 30 days.

Arbor Day event to be held Friday

The Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Service, and Harford County will hold the fifth annual Harford County Arbor Day Celebration and Conservation Project at 9 a.m. Friday at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center on Wheel Road near Bel Air.

Many service organizations are expected to participate.

The event will be held rain or shine. Those planning to attend, especially from Friends of Harford, are asked to wear FOH T-shirts.

All participants are asked to take shovels, hammers, gloves, work boots and sack lunches.

Information: 410-836-4564.

Fallston library not open Saturday

The Fallston branch of the Harford County Public Library will be closed for a roofing project Saturday.

All library branches will be closed Friday and April 8 for Easter. Book-drop service will be available.

The Fallston branch will reopen at 10 a.m. April 9. All other branches will be open Saturday.

The rain date for the Fallston roofing project is April 13-15.

Information: 410-638-3003.

Help sought on drug abuse

Joseph Ryan, manager of the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, is asking the faith community to become involved in drug-abuse prevention in Harford County.

According to a 2004 Maryland Adolescent Survey, Harford County high school students binge drink and use drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy at rates higher than the state average.

The Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy has joined FACE-IT (Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training) to provide team training for alcohol and drug problems.

The Rush Center provides the tools, training, materials and assistance to equip congregations with an effective, comprehensive and sustainable lay ministry, the Faith Partners Team Ministry.

Participating congregations will be connected to local, state and national networks for help and support. Through the Drug Free Communities Support Grant, nine Harford County congregational teams were trained last year, and plans call for training 10 more teams.

Information: 410-638-3333.

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