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Baseball Field, Tot Lot Playground, Picnic Pavilion Added
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined community leaders to celebrate completion of the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center complex. A new tot lot playground, picnic pavilion and baseball field now surround the popular community center. This third phase, at a cost of $360,000, completes the complex, which serves the Turner Station-Watersedge area.
“This center truly captures the spirit of Turner Station, Watersedge and surrounding communities. Sollers Point is a place where young and old can enjoy the public library, take a class, play sports, and meet friends and neighbors for a picnic or special event. There’s even a history center that celebrates the area’s rich heritage,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The community center complex includes a full-service library branch, gymnasium, auditorium/banquet hall, classrooms, basketball and tennis courts and the new baseball diamond, picnic pavilion and tot lot. A 28,900 square foot, environmentally friendly multi-purpose building sits on 13 landscaped acres.
Mary Harvey Commemorated
The County Executive, community and family members also unveiled a memorial plaque and stone that commemorates the community leadership of the late Mary Harvey, who served as Director of the former Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation. Ms. Harvey worked tirelessly for decades to help bring about positive changes in communities countywide, and in particular was a driving force in the creation of the Sollers Point community center.
Fourth Year in a Row
For the fourth year in a row, Baltimore County is ranked among the top 10 counties in the nation in terms of aligning technology initiatives with executive strategic priorities to provide vital cost savings and administrative efficiencies, according to the Center for Digital Government’s 13th annual 2015 Digital Counties Survey in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo).
“This award is considered one of the top measures of government technology performance and we are proud and delighted that we are, once again, rated among the best of the best throughout the country in terms of using technology to make government work smarter,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This award really spotlights the remarkable skill and dedication of our technology staff and our employees throughout County government as we work to enhance our efficiency and deliver excellent service and smart government to the people of Baltimore County.”
Among the nation’s counties that participated, Baltimore County’s Office of Information Technology earned the 7th place ranking in the category for counties with 500,000 or more population. NACo and Digital Government leaders have emphasized that this award testifies to the success of counties’ use of technology to serve citizens.
The County’s high ranking was based on a number of factors, including these highlights:
- enhanced citizen engagement through responsive and intuitive design of the County’s home page to help the website’s 4.6 million annual visitors easily find what they need
- active social media outreach that provides real-time information
- the County’s Operational Excellence initiative that fosters continuous improvement of business processes through technology
- centralizing data to enhance security and functionality
- providing technology platforms to improve field operations
- coordination of technology assets between the County government and public library system
- development of the “One View” public school security and surveillance system
About the Digital Counties Survey
The Digital Counties Survey is hosted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. This organization also provides government, education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. This survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to county governments.
Winning Programs Promote Walking, Safety of Older Adults and Literacy for Inmate Fathers
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that four Baltimore County agencies have been awarded 2015 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), including a prestigious Best in Category award for a Department of Corrections initiative that focuses on improving literacy for incarcerated fathers so that they may read to their children.
“Every year, our employees come up with innovative programs that improve services and the overall quality of life in Baltimore County,” said County Executive Kamenetz. “It is an honor for four County programs to be regarded as national models and is a clear reflection of our staff’s dedication and commitment to continuous improvement for our residents,” he said.
The Baltimore County agencies that merited national recognition include:
- Department of Corrections for Turning Pages Family Literacy Program (Best in Category!)
- Department of Recreation and Parks and Office of Information Technology (jointly) for Walking Trails Web Application
- Department of Aging for Be Mobile Drive Safe
- Department of Aging for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum
“Every day our County staff work to make a difference in people’s lives and help make Baltimore County a wonderful place to call home,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.