Baltimore County News
Baltimore County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) is seeking community input to help identify the next round of pedestrian and bicycle projects. Members of the public are invited to voice their preferences at a community input meeting to be held Tuesday, March 14, 5:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Building Hearing Room, Room 104, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204.
The Committee is looking for projects that will provide County residents with the greatest benefit at the lowest cost. Projects should be ones that have been recommended by Baltimore County’s Eastern and Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans and have the following characteristics:
Relatively low in cost Due to the County’s many capital needs, the availability of County funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects is limited. State, federal and private grant funding can be sought to pay for projects such as bike route signage, bike lane striping, and feasibility studies for shared use paths, as well as sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements.
Link to significant destinations Improvements that provide many residents with safer pedestrian or bicycle access to schools, libraries, parks, shopping centers, employment areas or transit stations are especially desirable.
Community support Not all communities are ready to become walkable and bike-friendly. The PBAC wants to target projects in neighborhoods that really want them and will use them.
For more information, please contact Jessie Bialek, Department of Planning, at 410-887-3480 or email@example.com. Written comments may also be submitted to this email address.
By David Fidler, Baltimore County Department of Public Works
Seventeen men and women from central China recently visited Towson to learn more about the U.S. experience in land surveying, GIS, land resources management and planning. The delegation from the Henan Province Department of Land and Resources met with experts from the Baltimore County departments of public works and planning for a full day of professional exchange.
“The most discussed topic was the amount of GIS data and survey control information available from Baltimore County to anyone who has access to the internet. The members of the delegation said that similar Chinese information is controlled by the government and not given out freely,” said Pat Simon, Public Works’ Chief Surveyor.
Speaking through their translator, the Chinese officials asked about GIS in County operations, general planning operations and web applications during a lively exchange with Pat Simon, Public Works Chief Surveyor, Doug Adams, Public Works Program Manager, Wally Lippincott, Department of Planning Coordinator, Jennifer Meacham, GIS Planner, and Kui Zhao, Planning Demographer. Ms. Zhao gave her presentation in Mandarin.
From all accounts. Mr. Chen Zhisheng, head of the Henan delegation, found the exchange enlightening and memorable – especially the visit to Towson Best Chinese & Sushi Restaurant on York Road.
Summer Food Safety, 9-1-1 Know-How and CZMP
The July edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:
Food Safety Tips to Keep from Spoiling Your Summer Fun – When temperatures soar, food-borne illness has a field day! Find out how to keep your picnic food and your family safe.
Make the Right Call – Baltimore County’s 9-1-1 Center Assistant Chief shares how to help emergency responders help you when you call 9-1-1.
Comprehensive Zoning Map Process – Every four years, you have the chance to request a zoning change on property in Baltimore County. Find out how, and why it matters to your community.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
- Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
- Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
- Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.