Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Baltimore City has proposed a 15 percent increase beginning in July.
Water service for county residents will not likely cost more despite a proposal by Baltimore City to raise rates by 15 percent. At least not this year. The increase proposed by city Department of Public Works would increase water bills by nearly $24 per quarter for the typical city water customers. The system supplies water to 1.8 million residents in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties. Baltimore County absorbs some costs of the system through a complex agreement with the city. Other costs are paid for through the Metropolitan District Fund that is assessed as a line item on county property tax bills. "Given [the agreement] and the metropolitan fund balance, there was no need to pass this increase on to…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Two former firefighters and a police officer could return to light duty as a result of the agreement.
Baltimore County officials said Thursday that they have settled three disability lawsuits with two firefighters and a police officer. "These settlements honor these employees for their past service while also ensuring that firefighters and police officers who serve the residents of Baltimore County are working in jobs that match their physical abilities for the safety of all," wrote Baltimore County Attorney Michael Field in a statement on the county's blog Thursday. "Residents of Baltimore County demand no less than this." As part of the settlement, the county does not admit any liability. In September, firefighters Donald Becker and Stanley Kuklinski and police Lt. Michael Lauenstein field lawsuits seeking $2.3 million in damages and …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The North Point Government Center property would host both retail space and a community center and park, if Vanguard is the successful bidder.
While many Dundalk residents are actively working to stop the sale of the North Point Government Center, one bidder on the project believes his team has a plan that will provide new retail opportunities to the community while also preserving part of the land as a "community hub." Leonard "Len" Weinberg II, a co-founder of Vanguard Retail Development, said Tuesday his plans call for about half of the 28-acre parcel at the corner of Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue to be devoted to a recreation center, athletic fields and passive recreation areas, while the other half would be the site of new "small retail" opportunities. Weinberg said he "absolutely" believes his company can attract a Panera Bread, Lone Star restaurant, Starbucks or …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Sparrows Point advisory group stresses most of the jobs are at least 10 years away from reality.
A partnership created by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, in unveiling its vision for the future of the industrial Sparows Point peninsula, says an expansion of the Port of Baltimore could bring more than 10,000 jobs back to the area. The Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group established by the county after the former RG Steel mill closed in May 2012, announced its proposal at a press conference Friday. Chaired by Dan Gunderson, executive director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, the partnership includes representatives from the Port of Baltimore and commercial, real estate, manufacturing, logistics and distribution entities in the region. The committee identified four major area of …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Avenue in White Marsh.
Friday, April 26
From Baltimore County officials: Baltimore County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel sale on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be held on the auxiliary parking lot of The Avenue at White Marsh, 8125 Honeygo Boulevard (the parking lot is off of Town Center Drive, behind the AMC Theaters). Compost bins, valued at $100, will be sold for $35 each. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be sold for $50 each. Both prices include tax. Cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) will be accepted. The sale will occur rain or shine and all items will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis (while supplies last). This sale is not limited to residents of Baltimore County. Compost bins are shipped …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Members of Dundalk United and Save the North Point Government Center are working tirelessly to save a much-used recreation center and park.
While many in the Greater Dundalk believe the proposed sale of the North Point Government Center and its 27 acres of parkland is a done deal, others are working tirelessly to save a facility they believe cannot be adequately replaced. The following is a message left by administrators of the Save the North Point Government Center Facebook page: "It's a PARK, it's a PARK, it's a PARK, it's a PARK, it's a PARK ... a 27 acre PARK in the heart of Dundalk and it BELONGS to us!! Don't sell our PARK!!! STOP the sale of the NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT CENTER!!! We don't need another shopping Center, save our PARK!!! Dundalk United!!!! We won't FORGET!!!" Dundalk Patch will try to post a community quote or message each day regarding the importance of the…
Dundalk resident Ron Schaeffer thinks residents deserve a meeting with Baltimore County Exeecutive Kevin Kamenetz regarding the proposed sale of Dundalk parkland.
Monday, April 15
Dundalk Patch received the following letter from long-time Dundalk resident Ron Schaeffer: "Questions for Kevin" It has recently been noted in the press that County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has been engaging in "coffee meetings" with community leaders (a/k/a "Coffee with Kevin"). In light of County Executive Kamenetz's heavy-handed dealing with the Dundalk community in his effort to sell the North Point Government Center and the 28 acres of quality parkland on which the center is located, I would prefer to take a pass on the coffee and instead have Mr. Kamenetz answer the following “Questions for Kevin:” 1. Whose brainstorm was it to place the North Point Government Center property on the market? Was it bureaucrat; a politician or a …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Former Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks Director and then-7th District Delegate Bob Staab weighs in on the potential sale of the North Point Government Center.
Thursday, March 28
Dundalk Patch received the following letter from Dundalk resident Bob Staab: It's time for the people of the Southeastern area to wake from their doldrums and begin protecting the interest of themselves, their children and future generations. I grew up and have lived in the Dundalk area my whole life. I've seen many changes occur, many of which have done harm to the integrity of the area. Some of the worst occurrences have been thrust on us over the past decade with administrations who don't seem to care about our people or our "Quality of Life." A once proud and well recognized Recreation and Parks program in the county has gone from the best in the country to a total abomination. This has happened not because of the Recreation and Parks …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Baltimore County officials provide instructions for the collection of lawn materials.
Baltimore County gardeners and spring yard cleaners will no doubt be happy with the news that yard waste collection will resume for the season beginning April 1. Yard materials will be picked up for recycling (separately from trash) for residents who have designated "Y" days on their recycling schedules, according to county officials. Residents who do not have designated "Y" days on their recycling schedules may put their yard materials out on their regular trash days for collection. There is no limit to the number of bags a resident can set out for collection; however, the collector may not pick them all up on the same date. If some bags are not picked up, residents are encouraged to leave them at curbside until they are picked up. …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Information session about jobs available will be held Feb. 28 at CCBC Essex.
SKW Constructors has announced it will hire as many as 100 direct employees at its Sparrows Point Shipyard and Industrial Park site. The company will also hire subcontractors that will hire additional carpenters, concrete finishers, mechanics, ironworkers, surveyors, truck drivers and laborers. The company has a contract to provide fans and huge reinforced concrete tubes for tunnels being built in Hampton Roads, VA, according to a statement from Baltimore County Government. "We are thrilled SKW is bringing jobs back to the Point," Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr said in the statement. "We will continue to work with the company to be sure our local workers and contractors benefit from this opportunity." SKW Constructors, a …