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Seeks gains in education, transportation and public safety

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Baltimore County’s legislative priorities for this year’s General Assembly session that begins tomorrow in Annapolis.

"In consultation with our County's senators and delegates, along with the leadership of the General Assembly, we have crafted important legislative initiatives that will greatly benefit the citizens of Baltimore County and the region," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.  "We will work hard to make gains in education, transportation, and public safety, and I look forward to a productive 90 day session in Annapolis." 

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Legislative Priorities 2016

  • Advance State funding share for school renovation and construction

    • BCPS has requested $133 million in state matching funds that would be used to add seats, renovate and build new schools, and air condition every County school by 2019.

  • Seek full funding for Countys $64.4 million transportation request

    • The County requests that the State invest in regional mass transit alternatives, make traffic improvements in Owings Mills and Sparrows Point, and provide community development opportunities with streets, streetscapes, and sidewalk improvements. Requests on State roadways include:

    •  Extension of Security Boulevard to Johnnycake Road

    •  Widening and raising of the road from Mohrs Lane to Campbell Boulevard

    •  Construction of a sidewalk on Kenwood Avenue from Lillian Holt Road to Hazelwood Avenue

    •  Creation of a center lane boulevard on Liberty Road between Rolling Road and Courtleigh Drive

    •  Improvements to Frederick Road, (MD 144) from Prospect Avenue to Briarwood Road

    •  Improvements to Eastern Avenue (MD 150) from Mace Avenue to MD 702 as well as relocation of the MARC station on Eastern Avenue

  • Request mandatory minimum statewide staffing levels for social worker caseloads

    • Baltimore County’s average annual caseload per DSS employee is 842 while the State median is 700. The County requests additional state funding to reach the median workload.

  • Ensure that the State fulfill its remaining $1.5 million commitment for the Eastern Family Resource Center

    • Based on the State’s prior commitment, the County broke ground on a $26 million shelter, transitional family housing, and health and vocational services facility utilizing $16 million in County funds, $5 million from Medstar Health and $5 million from the State. The $1.5 million will fulfill the State’s commitment.

  • Secure State support for the following capital projects:

    • Clarify bond language permitting State funds to be allocated for Angel Park in Perry Hall.

    • Receive $500,000 in matching capital funding for roundabout at the intersection of Tufton and Greenspring Roads in historic Worthington Valley.

Key Legislative Issues

  • Advocate for restoration of $68 million in GCEI funding in the current fiscal year, restoring Baltimore County’s share of $2.9 million.

  • Work closely with Speaker Busch and President Miller on policies that stimulate the economy in the Baltimore region.

  • Work with the environmental community in its effort to increase Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio, bringing jobs to the State.

  • Address key issues related to use of police-worn body cameras.

  • Support statewide efforts to combat substance abuse.

  • Support legislative efforts to reform Maryland’s criminal justice system.

rinbbon-cutting photo $7.6 Million Station Was Built at No Taxpayer Expense

Today the Baltimore County Fire Department held an official dedication ceremony for the new Towson Fire Station Number 1, located at 204 Courtland Avenue.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John J. Hohman, along with community leaders and key project participants, were in attendance to commemorate this landmark achievement.

“It’s a great day for the people of Towson and all of Baltimore County as we officially dedicate this attractive, modern fire station,” said Kamenetz. “The best part is, this new station was built at no expense to taxpayers, as a result of the sale of the old station at York and Bosley.”

This $7.6 million facility is 19,700 square feet and equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to improve energy usage and better serve the community. The entire cost of the new building was covered by the sale of the County property at York Road and Bosley Avenue that formerly housed Station 1.

'Green' Construction

The building has been awarded the prestigious LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for meeting strict environmental standards in construction and functionality.

Highlights of the “green” construction include low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water consumption by up to 56 percent, mechanical systems estimated to reduce energy costs by 21 percent, and vegetation trays on the roof to reduce the cooling load and heat island effect.

In addition to these design innovations, Baltimore County focused on environmentally conscious sourcing of building materials. Around 24 percent of the materials used were extracted or manufactured within 500 miles and all the wood products in the building are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Station's History

The opening of this new facility is the latest chapter in the Towson station’s long history, which dates back to the beginnings of the Baltimore County Fire Department. The first Station 1 (1879 to 1955) was located at the intersection of Joppa, Dulaney Valley, and York Roads and the second (1955 to 2015) was located at York Road and Bosley Avenue.

City was Denied Federal Funding

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz informed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake that Baltimore County will not seek $257,000 in reimbursement from Baltimore City for the County’s police and fire assistance during the unrest that took place in the City this past April and May.

The City earlier announced that it had been denied federal funds to help defray the costs of the unrest, and that the funds would have to come from its Rainy Day fund.

“Baltimore County is a partner with Baltimore City in every way,” said Kamenetz. “This past spring, I directed Police Chief Jim Johnson and Fire Chief John Hohman to provide whatever assistance was necessary to help the City deal with a very difficult situation. The residents of Baltimore County recognize that a strong Baltimore City is key to regional strength and stability, and for that reason, the County will not seek reimbursement.”

“From the time of the unrest, County Executive Kamenetz has demonstrated his commitment to our regional partnership, from encouraging county residents to spend their Mother’s Day at city restaurants to this fall’s promotion of the value of city arts experiences to the region,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “All of us in Baltimore City are appreciative of the support we received from Baltimore County police officers and firefighters during last spring’s unrest, and the support we continued to receive during this fall’s trial. The County Executive’s decision not to seek reimbursement for last spring’s costs is just another example of his commitment to a regional partnership and vision.”

In November, Kamenetz launched the Baltimore Arts—Just Down the Road campaign encouraging County citizens to support Baltimore City’s arts and cultural attractions. Back on May, he appeared in a Mother's Day video encouraging citizens of the County to return to the City after the spring unrest.

Kamenetz indicated that should County assistance be required in the future each event will have to be evaluated individually, and that this action does not set a precedent for future decisions.

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