Baltimore County News
March 31 Community Forum is Open to All
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will hold his tenth community forum as part of an ongoing effort to interact directly with Baltimore County residents and community leaders. This latest Coffee with Kevin will be held for communities in the greater Reisterstown area.
The forum will take place Thursday, March 31 at the Reisterstown Senior Center, located at 12035 Reisterstown Road, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., with a question and answer session beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public without pre-registration and coffee and donuts will be provided. The County Executive regularly hosts these gatherings in communities all around the beltway.
“I am very pleased that County Executive Kamenetz is visiting Reisterstown. It’s a nice way for people to get to talk directly with him about local issues and also find out what is happening with the County as a whole,” said Bernadette Hill, President of the Reisterstown Senior Center Council.
“The Reisterstown community is looking forward to having coffee and conversation with County Executive Kamenetz and sharing our perspective on the priorities of our downtown business district. We very much welcome the opportunity for this type of personal communication with our County Executive,” said Glenn Barnes, President of the Reisterstown Improvement Association.
"These community forums have been very helpful, both to me and, I believe, to the community members who attend," said Kamenetz. "We are a large county and each area has its own charm and its own priorities. This has been a great way to connect with people directly and learn about their neighborhoods and their specific ideas and concerns.”
These forums are part of Baltimore County's ongoing efforts to increase transparency and responsiveness in government. The County is using social media to communicate directly with the public through Facebook and Twitter to share current and timely information with citizens. "More and more, people go to social media for up to the minute news and information. We encourage everyone to stay connected with County government online and through our social media platforms," concluded Kamenetz.
Public Meeting on September 29
Baltimore County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) invites members of the communities within the Upper Jones Falls Watershed to participate in an upcoming public meeting on September 29.
The Upper Jones Falls watershed includes parts of Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Cockeysville, Lutherville and Timonium.
This planning meeting is co-hosted by the non-profit Blue Water Baltimore, and will focus on the creation of the Upper Jones Falls Small Watershed Action Plan (SWAP). The meeting offers a chance for interested individuals and organizations to learn about the project methods, results, and how to get involved. Once finalized, a committee will take responsibility for implementing the recommendations of the SWAP report.
The community meeting will take place at the Irvine Nature Center (11201 Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills) on Tuesday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Visit Baltimore County’s Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs), for more information or call Amelia Atkins at 410-887-5705.
Background on Small Watershed Action Plans in Maryland
In the late 1990s, national stormwater permits required major counties in Maryland to reduce pollution from roads and neighborhoods that drain to local streams. Counties created monitoring programs and prepared watershed plans to identify projects and programs that could reduce pollution from these non-point sources. Many projects were completed and reductions tallied in annual reports.
Despite significant progress, additional reductions are needed to have clean waterways that meet water quality standards. To reach these additional reductions, Baltimore County is developing Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs) to focus on communities as a smaller group and to identify specific solutions that are tailored to local areas. They are implemented by Baltimore County in conjunction with citizen groups to help create and maintain healthy watersheds.
The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability is responsible for the protection of the environment and the improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore County. This is accomplished through programs that manage and enhance natural and man-made resources, and that provide environmental guidelines to our constituents.
39 Locally Owned Businesses to be Recognized
Thirty-nine locally owned businesses will be recognized for their contributions to the well-being of Baltimore County’s traditional commercial districts.
“Our local business districts and their retail entrepreneurs add to the quality of life we enjoy. These unique shops, restaurants and services are central to the communities they serve,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The Baltimore County Department of Planning invited chambers of commerce and business associations to nominate outstanding individuals, institutions and locally owned businesses that have made an impact in economic vitality, design, promotion, sustainability and leadership.
The following nominees will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony June 3 at the UMBC University Center Ballroom.
Best Neighborhood Service/Retailer/Restaurant
Calico Cat (Security/Woodlawn)
EarthTouch Healing Arts (Dundalk)
Caton Auto Clinic (Catonsville)
State Farm (Liberty Road)
Colin’s Seafood & Grill (Liberty Road)
Dunkin’ Donuts (Liberty Road)
Herb & Soul (Loch Raven)
Gourmet Again (Pikesville)
The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)
Best New Construction using Architect on Call and/or Business Improvement Loan
Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)
Best Small-Scale Façade Improvement
Dugan’s Liquors (Pikesville)
Main Street Grill (Reisterstown)
Fractured Prune (Towson)
Bob Davidson Ford (Loch Raven)
Outstanding Community Event
Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival (Catonsville)
Dundalk Heritage Fair (Dundalk)
Concerts in the Park (Dundalk)
Holiday Event and National Night Out (Liberty Road)
Overlea Community Tree Lighting (Overlea)
Spring Concert Series (Parkville)
Best Marketing Campaign
Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)
Towson Tipster App (Towson)
Shop the ‘Ville (Catonsville)
Member Spotlight Mondays (Parkville)
Best Business/Organization Website
Liberty Road Community Calendar (Liberty Road)
Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)
Best Clean-up or Greening Project
Paradise Community Association (Catonsville)
Randallstown Gateway Park (Liberty Road)
Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (Dundalk)
Coldwell Banker (Catonsville)
Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department (Liberty Road)
Jason Plotkin, President Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
Carin Smith, Reisterstown Improvement Association (Reisterstown)
Best Community Institution
The Children’s Home (Catonsville)
Dundalk Chamber of Commerce (Dundalk)
Northwest Hospital (Liberty Road)
Erin Travis, Trails & Tails Pet Care (Catonsville)
Tim Bojanowski, Zest Social Media (Towson)
“Keeping our older commercial areas strong is a priority for Baltimore County. The Commercial Revitalization Program offers tools to support small businesses in 17 older commercial areas throughout the County,” said Andrea Van Arsdale, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Planning. "We encourage businesses and commercial property owners to work with our revitalization representatives to access district tax credits, architectural design services to improve the exterior of buildings, loans to help implement improvements and other technical assistance.”
More information about the Baltimore County Commercial Revitalization Program is available on line or by calling 410-887-3480.
Revised April 6, 2016