Harford Digest


July 06, 2008

Meeting to focus on Draft Zoning Code

The Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold a final public meeting on the Draft Zoning Code, after months of meetings by the Zoning Code Workgroup and various advisory boards.

The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Joppatowne High School's cafeteria.

After the public meetings, a bill for a new zoning code will go to the County Council.

The meeting will feature stations where staff will answer questions about proposed changes to the code. A handout summarizing changes will be available.

The zoning code is online at www.harfordcountymd.gov/ZCUpdate for those wishing to see the proposed changes before the meetings.

Information: 410-638-3103.

State Fire Marshal appoints official

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has appointed its newest deputy state fire marshal, Oliver Alkire, to the Northeast Region office in Bel Air that covers Harford and Cecil counties.

Alkire, 31, recently graduated from a 26-week training academy at the Maryland Police Training Center in Sykesville. He received an Outstanding Community Service award during graduation.

He has been assigned to the Bel Air office for his basic field training, which will last for several months. He will then attend technical training courses at the University of Maryland; National Fire Academy; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and other schools.

A lifelong Allegany County resident, he was a volunteer firefighter at the Potomac Fire Department, an emergency medical technician at Tri-Town EMS and a correctional officer at Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown.

Training offered in mediation

The Harford County Community Mediation Program will offer training for individuals interested in being a mediator to provide alternatives for resolving disputes.

The program offers county residents free services in helping to resolve issues in a voluntary, confidential and neutral process.

Volunteer mediators receive 45 hours of basic mediation training and five hours of follow-up training for free. Volunteers must commit to all the training sessions and an apprenticeship with the program.

Training will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 24, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, 16, 17 and 23.

Information: 410-638-4807.

Events accepted for town's 2009 calendar

The Bel Air Economic & Community Development Commission is accepting events for the town's 2009 Calendar of Events.

Events must be held within the town limits and may include Bel Air-based concerns, fairs, benefit walks, parades and festivals.

Deadline for submission is Sept. 5.

Information: 410-879-9500 or 410-638-4540.

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