Baltimore County News
Says Governor is not factually correct
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz responded to a form letter that he received last week threatening the completion of transportation projects in the County. The full text of the County Executive’s response is below:
Dear Governor Hogan,
I am in receipt of your form letter of February 2, 2017, seeking support of a repeal of the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Act. Your attachment asserts that the Act will result in the cancellation of six transportation projects in Baltimore County, five of which involve major improvements to the Baltimore Beltway. I am dismayed that you continue to assert a position that is not factually correct.
As you are aware, the plain language of the Act states: "nothing in this Act may be construed to prohibit or prevent the funding of the capital transportation priorities in each jurisdiction." The law simply requires the Governor to provide an advisory scoring process, letting the public understand how decisions are made when road projects are funded. The law even allowed your office to create the scoring mechanism.
I've previously requested that your Administration provide the data behind your scoring calculations. Since you still refuse to provide that data, I can only assume that the "scores" are simply a scare tactic. I urge you to inform us of the real reasons why you believe there would be a shortfall of transportation funds to complete the needed Beltway improvements. In the meantime, my constituents still remain stuck in traffic.
Very truly yours,
Baltimore County Executive
c: Honorable Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the House
Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Senate President
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and BCPL Director Paula Miller celebrate with community
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller celebrated the start of major renovations of the Randallstown Library Branch with elected officials and local business and community leaders this morning. They shared details of the $1.1 million project to completely renovate this popular library branch with an interior redesign and technology upgrades by this summer. During construction, the BCPL Bookmobile will be in the library parking lot every Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“It will be like a brand new library with exciting new technology enhancements, an expanded collection of books and audio-visual materials, and a comfortable modern setting for people to take advantage of all of the resources the library has to offer,” said Kamenetz. “It’s going to be like Barnes and Noble meets the Apple Store!”
The renovated branch will feature an attractive modern design with more than 30 public computers, free WiFi, laptop bars with charging stations, a large meeting room, an enclosed children’s area, an enclosed teen space, a bigger collection of print and audio-visual library materials, three study rooms, a quiet reading room, self-service checkout stations and digital media displays, new shelving, spacious and comfortable new seating, single use and collaborative workspaces, updated public restrooms, and BCPL's newest Center of Excellence — CoLab, a computer/technology/maker hub to bring the community together to create, collaborate and learn.
“The Randallstown Branch is a busy library, especially in terms of providing technology access, and it serves as a real community anchor for residents,” said BCPL director Paula Miller. “Beyond books and electronic resources, this renovation will enable us to provide experiences and user-friendly spaces that make a positive difference in the lives of our customers.”
“Libraries are a very important community resource for all County residents and I am very excited about this upgrading of the Randallstown library, and I can’t wait for the new state of the art facility to open this summer,” said 4th District County Councilman Julian Jones.
The project is funded through Baltimore County’s capital budget in conjunction with a $170,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services. The library branch is scheduled to reopen this summer. Updates and progress photos will be posted periodically on the branch page of the BCPL website, at http://www.bcpl.info/hours-locations/randallstown.