Meeting on U.S. 40 changes planned

HARFORD DIGEST

January 13, 2008

The State Highway Administration will hold an informational public meeting about the interchange improvements at U.S. 40 and Route 715 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bakerfield Elementary School, 36 Baker St., Aberdeen.

Highway officials will present options being considered for the Aberdeen interchange. Displays will describe the options that the public can examine at their own pace. Residents can also ask questions of SHA officials.

The project is designed to improve existing conditions and prepare for the future Base Realignment and Closure expansion in Harford County. Work would include modifications and/or additions of ramps or increased capacity at area intersections.

Information: 800-323-6742.

House candidates to debate in library

Herb FM, a Web radio station, is sponsoring a debate between candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives for Districts 1 and 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Abingdon library branch, 251 Tollgate Road.

The debate will be aired live and rebroadcast daily from Bel Air at Live365.com, until the primary election Feb. 12.

The schedule for candidates will be as follows: 6 p.m., Democratic candidates for District 1; 6:30 p.m., Republican candidates for District 1; 7 p.m., Republican candidates for District 2; 7:30 p.m., Democratic candidates for District 2.

Information: 443-567-0746.

Hearing scheduled on 2009 budget

Harford County Executive David R. Craig will host a hearing on the fiscal year 2009 budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Patterson Mill Middle High School near Bel Air.

"The purpose of this public budget hearing is to hear from the people of Harford County as to what is important for them and what they would like to see funded," Craig said.

"The one thing that will not be included in the fiscal year 2009 budget is a tax increase," he said.

Members of the Cabinet and county budget officials also will attend the hearing.

The proposed FY 2009 budget will be prepared between January and late March and must be presented to the Harford County Council by April 1.

The County Council reviews the proposed budget and can decrease spending for, or eliminate, some items.

The council can only increase the proposed budget of the Board of Education.

The County Council is required by law to pass a budget by June 30.

Those wishing to speak during the budget hearing should arrive at least 30 minutes early and sign in. Individuals will be given three minutes to speak, and those representing an organization will be allotted five minutes.

Information: 410-638-3258.

Aberdeen library to close for upgrades

The Aberdeen library branch will be closed Saturday through Jan. 22 for the installation of new customer service systems, including self-checkout.

The branch will reopen at 10 a.m. Jan. 23.

Information: 410-273-5608 or visit HCPLonline.info.

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