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Animal Services Shelter Open on the Holiday
Baltimore County government offices and the district and circuit courts, will be closed on Monday, May 25 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Health department clinics, libraries, senior centers and trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. CountyRide vans will not operate. Parking meters are free on Monday.
The County’s Animal Services shelter will be open on Monday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The special Memorial Day Deep Discount Days pet adoptions incentive runs from May 17 to May 25 and offers 50 percent off of adoption and spay or neuter fees. The shelter is also open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the promotions available to the general public, the County waives animal adoption and spay/neuter fees for veterans who are Baltimore County residents during the Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays. During the remainder of the year, veterans living in Baltimore County will receive a 50% discount on animal adoptions and spay/neuter services.
No Trash, Recycling, or Yard Materials Collection; Drop-Off Centers Closed
Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, May 25 should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, May 26. Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, May 25 are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, June 1).
Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Memorial Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.
Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Monday, May 25. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, May 26.
Initial Survey Assessment to Begin in Late May
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that preliminary design work is underway to address years-old concerns about traffic congestion and pedestrian safety by widening the busy section of Windsor Mill Road between Woodlawn Drive and Featherbed Lane.
“This roadway is a major artery with heavy traffic and a lot of pedestrian activity,” said Kamenetz. “We have worked very closely with community leaders and elected officials to get to this point and we will continue this collaboration as this long-term solution makes its way through the process.” Kamenetz added that projects like this generally take several years to execute.
Crews are expected to begin surveying work on Windsor Mill for about three weeks starting in late May. County Department of Public Works engineers indicate that preliminary design work will take several months to complete, after which officials will meet with residents to get their input on proposed improvements. The overall project is estimated to cost $3 million and will include road widening and sidewalks on both sides of the street along the two-thirds of a mile stretch.
“The road is too narrow, and there is no safe place for people to walk,” said 4th District Councilman Julian E. Jones Jr. “The community came to the County and presented its case very well and I am pleased that the County Executive is moving forward to correct these safety concerns.”
This portion of Windsor Mill Road is primarily residential, but it is at the crossroads of commercial and school traffic. Adding roadway widening, sidewalks, new curbs and gutters, and new storm drains will facilitate both vehicular and pedestrian movement.
Fees Waived for Veterans of the County
In observance of Memorial Day, Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) is offering 50 percent off adoption and spay or neuter fees from May 17 to 25. Adoption and spay or neuter fees will be waived for County residents who are also United States veterans.
During the promotion, adoption fees will be just $25 for cats and $32.50 for dogs. All adopted animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and other diseases, licensed and micro-chipped at no additional cost. These same fees will be offered to those who make an appointment (during this time period) to have a current cat or dog spayed or neutered at the shelter. Pets who are spayed or neutered will receive as necessary and at no additional cost, a license, rabies immunization and microchip.
“We want to encourage everyone to adopt from our shelter and hope the reduced fees spur them to do so,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We have many animals that are waiting patiently for homes, now is a great time to adopt one of them.”
Pets for Vets
At the request of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, the members of the Baltimore County Council passed a measure last year to waive animal adoption and spay or neuter fees for veterans who are Baltimore County residents during the Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays. During the remainder of the year, veterans living in Baltimore County will receive a 50-percent discount on animal adoptions and spay or neuter services.
BCAS is located at 13800 Manor Road, Baldwin, Maryland 21013. Shelter adoption hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In honor of the holiday, the shelter will be open Monday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial Day: 'Purr-fect' Time to Adopt
“The Memorial Day holiday is a purr-fect time for our veterans and the general public to adopt a new cat or dog,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services, who owns two cats. “Not only can you save money, but the holiday provides additional time at home to help your new pet adjust.”