Forced out of the Harford County Council chambers because of unsafe structural conditions in the buildling, county council members will already have safety on their minds Tuesday night when discussing an emergency act to transfer nearly a half-million dollars in the budget for the repair of a leaking and potentially dangerous roof at the Joppatowne branch of the Harford County Public Library.
Not long after The Dagger broke the news Monday morning that the Harford County government office building at 212 S. Bond Street was found to have serious structural deficiencies, the county council announced it would be holding its meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Harford County Public Schools’ A. A. Roberty Building located at 102 South Hickory Avenue in Bel Air.
Aside from the Joppatowne Library roof, also on the county council agenda Tuesday night is an amendment of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office pension plan and the approval of more than three dozen tax credits for homeowners living near Scarboro Landfill. In all, the Harford County Council will hold public hearings for a pair of resolutions and five bills beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers Tuesday.
Resolution No. 41-10, and Bills No. 10-33 and 10-34 are related and request and transfer an expenditure of $488,391 from the General Fund because “the roof and HVAC system at the Joppa Library are in need of repair to avoid additional damage to the library.”
The text of Bill No. 10-33 mentions that the Joppa Library branch has been closed in the past for cleaning of black mold. The county treasurer has certified that the funds are available for the project.
Resolution No. 42-10 grants the request for closure of a portion of Bynum Road pending five conditions, which must be met by the developer.
Bill No. 10-35 provides for Harford County to adopt the 2009 International Building Code, the 2009 International Residential Code, and the 2009 International Mechanical Code with certain amendments generally relating to building and construction in the county and to further provide penalties for violation of the building standards.
Bill No. 10-36 is an emergency act to repeal and reenact with amendments the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Pension Plan to “…enhance the surviving spouse annuity provision under Section 5.8(b)(1)(iv); to make an adjustment to the frequency of recertification for members receiving disability benefits; and generally relating to the technical corrections and re-codification for IRS and state law compliance of a pension plan for certain law enforcement and correctional employees of the Sheriff’s Office.”
Bill No. 10-37 determines that 37 residential properties in the 3200, 3300, and 3400 block of Scarboro Road; 2900, 3000, and 3100 block of Dublin Road; 3100 block of Sandy Hook Road; 3100 block of Tucker Road; and 3200 block of Lucky Drive are entitled to a real property tax credit beginning July 1, 2011 for residing within 1,000 feet of a refuse disposal system.
The full agenda is listed below:
January 4, 2011
LEGISLATIVE SESSION DAY 11-01
– Resolution No. 41-10 (Change to Capital Program – Joppa Branch Roof/HVAC)
– Resolution No. 42-10 (Road Closing – Portion of Bynum Run)
– Bill No. 10-33 (Appropriation of Funds – Joppa Branch Roof/HVAC)
– Bill No. 10-34 (Transfer of Appropriations – Joppa Branch Roof/HVAC)
– Bill No. 10-35 (Building Code, Residential Code, Mechanical Code)
– Bill No. 10-36 (Sheriff’s Office Pension Plan)
– Bill No. 10-37 (Tax Credit for Properties Near Refuse Disposal System)
January 4, 2011 7:30 P.M.
A G E N D A
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. OPENING PRAYER – Council Member Woods
4. PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION
5. CITIZEN INPUT
6. CONSIDERATION OF PETITIONS AND APPLICATIONS
7. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – LSD 10-25 (December 14, 2010)
9. INTRODUCTION AND CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTIONS
10. INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
11. INTRODUCTION AND CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS
a. Amendments to Bill No. 10-35 (Building Code, Residential Code, Mechanical Code)
12. CALL FOR FINAL READING OF BILLS
13. ENROLLMENT OF BILLS
14. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
15. NEW BUSINESS
16. BUSINESS FROM THE PRESIDENT
17. BUSINESS FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS
18. COMMENTS FROM ATTENDING CITIZENS
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NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION
January 11, 2011