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The city of Aberdeen now has a new slogan and logo. The new logo was unveiled at Monday’s meeting of the Aberdeen City Council.

The logo is part of the city’s branding project that is aimed to make the city and recognizable, just from the logo.

Marketing toward businesses for BRAC was part of the motivation behind the project, but will also carry beyond that short-term goal.

The symbol is a sun coming over the horizon with the tagline: “Aberdeen Home of Opportunity.”

The logo and tagline were decided after consulting with citizens, local business owners, and prior elected officials about what Aberdeen means to them, Steve Johnson, chairman of the Economic Development Commission, explained.

Other news from Monday’s meeting:

  • Representatives from the Boys and Girls Club in Aberdeen asked the mayor and council not to go through with the proposed budget cuts.

“Join the village to help raise these kids,” said Cheryl Burgess, one of seven individuals who advocated for the club during public comment, including club president Terry Sexton.

Councilman Ron Kupferman later asked council to reconsider their $21,000 cut from the Boys and Girls Club funding.

Council President Mike Hiob agreed with those who wish to keep the funding and said he is not in favor of the proposed cuts.

  • Lisa Hoerger gave a presentation on the Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Commission.

She explained Harford County has thousands of acres in this program. She said that Aberdeen was missed in the original implementation of these zones and the proposed resolution would be a step to remedy this mistake.

The zone would set more stringent development criteria for development, forest and stormwater in territories designated as the sensitive to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

A resolution to implement a Chesapeake Bay Critical Area program in Aberdeen was unanimously approved.

  • Two public hearings were held, one to annex Scotten Property and another to annex property on 952 Gilbert Road.

During the public hearing on the annexation of the Scotten Property, Phyllis Grover, director of planning and community development, explained the area covers .435 acres and is intended for Integrated Business District zoning, which is consistent with the Harford County Master Plan, but would still need a waiver from the Harford County Council because the area is currently zoned agricultural. Otherwise, it would have to retain the county zoning for five years after annexation before the city could change it.

Brad Stover, a lawyer for the petitioner, was the only one to comment during the hearing. He said there is a long history of trying to annex this property.

Stover was also the only one to comment on the Gilbert Road annexation. This annexation includes about .763 acres, also to be zoned IBD. Again, the area would need a waiver from Harford County Council because it is currently zoned agricultural.

  • A final subdivision plat was approved unanimously. The land is adjacent to the APG Route 22 Gate and will be used for the North Gate Business Park.
  • An ordinance on the budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 was not introduced as scheduled.

City Manager Doug Miller explained Mayor Mike Bennett wanted to take one last look over the document. The budget will be introduced on May 11, the same night as its scheduled public hearing.

Miller said the city has succeeded in keeping every employee without furloughs, however this year there will be no raises or increase in cost of living allowances.

  • Director of Public Works Matt Lapinsky reminded the council and public that the orange spray paint on manholes is not vandalism, but a sign that progress is being made on the inflow and infiltration study.

He also said that potholes can now be reported to pothole@aberdeen-md.org or over the phone as usual at 410-272-1414.

  • Chief of Police Randy Rudy announced a member of his agency’s narcotics task force had been recognized by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. He also said that the police department had just successfully completed requalification of shot gun and patrol rifles.
  • Bennett declared today (Friday) the official Silver Star Banner Day to recognize ill or wounded soldiers.
  • Councilwoman Ruth Elliott announced that a diabetes support group will meet on Tuesday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen Senior Center. She said this is just one of many activities planned at the Senior Center.

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