Baltimore County’s businesses, its government, and its people share a common vision for a bright future — not merely over the next five or ten years, but for generations to come.
With the goal of boosting community engagement and identifying budget deficiencies, the County Executive has created a new blue ribbon commission tasked with studying the County budget process.Learn More
"I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I saw firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family. But like so many in Baltimore County, I didn’t give up, I went to work."
- John Olszewski, Jr.
"I spent 7 years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System. I know what needs to happen to bring our children’s schools into the 21st century."
- John Olszewski, Jr.
"For nearly a decade I served in the state legislature working to improve education, bring jobs to Maryland, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders."
- John Olszewski, Jr.
Baltimore County, Maryland – Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees and higher over the next several days and Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” with access to water and bathrooms that are available to offer relief from the heat.
Nineteen convenient branches of the Baltimore County Public Library are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.
Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 Senior Centers or call their Senior Center Information and Assistance line at 410-887-2594.
Other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County include:
“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning.”
Keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat by adhering to the following hot weather tips:
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The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services. Along with an administrative unit, HHS is comprised of the Departments of Health and Social Services.
Baltimore County government offices and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Parking meters will be free on the holiday.
Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5.
The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to learn when to set out materials during weeks that contain a collection holiday. Schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website, can be requested by calling 410-887-2000, and are also available on the County’s new BaltCoGo app, available on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores.
Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Independence Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.
For more information, visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.
Today Baltimore County officials joined with community and nonprofit partners to celebrate major progress in the effort to rehabilitate five duplex homes in the historic Winters Lane community. Today's ceremony took place at 2 and 4 Roberts Avenue, two dwelling units that comprise one duplex structure and are the first units to be fully rehabilitated. They are ready for tenants. Four remaining duplex homes will be rehabilitated in the months ahead.
The Winters Lane Housing Rehabilitation Project has been undertaken to restore and thoroughly revitalize historic homes in a community that was designated a National Register Historic District in 2007. Baltimore County initiated talks with St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, owner of the properties being improved, in 2015. The County and St. Ambrose have advanced the project as partners, with the County providing financing and oversight while St. Ambrose functions as the developer. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has also provided valuable assistance to the project.
"I applaud the progress Baltimore County and St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center have made in advancing the Winters Lane Housing Rehabilitation Project," said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. "We are providing much-needed and dramatically improved housing in a vital community."
Winters Lane has long been recognized as the nucleus of a historically significant African American community within the larger Catonsville community. The 1880 census reported that Catonsville was home to 498 African Americans, according to "A History of Baltimore County" (published in 1979). “Then as now, Winters Lane stood as the hub of the black community,” in Catonsville, authors Neal A. Brooks and Eric G. Rockel wrote.
The homes selected for revitalization were built more than a century ago and had suffered severe impacts associated with decades of wear and tear. Very tight floor plans and sparse features contributed to the consensus judgment that the homes had become functionally obsolete and were in dire need of rehabilitation. With the exception of key timbers and other components preserved for their historic significance, the homes' interior and exterior materials have been removed and replaced with new, modern materials and amenities.
A historic preservation agreement that governs the project ensures that key architectural features will be retained, including the homes' facade, porch structure and window arrangements.
County Executive Johnny Olszewski today nominated Edward Blades to serve as the Director of Budget and Finance, a critical position that oversees formulation of the County budget and manages the County’s finances.
Blades has served as Deputy Director of Budget and Finance since 2012, and has served in the County’s Office of Budget and Finance since 1996. In his role as Deputy Director, he has played a critical role in developing and managing the County’s operating and capital budgets, and he has supervised a talented team of budget analysts. He has implemented various budget and financial software system upgrades and developed reporting structures to generate efficiencies in data collection and analysis.
“Ed is a dedicated public servant who brings to this position years of relevant experience and a wealth of institutional knowledge,” Olszewski said. “He knows County government inside and out, and has been invaluable over the last few months as we managed a challenging budget season and addressed a structural deficit.”
In his role as Director of Budget and Finance, Blades will be charged with managing the annual operating and capital budget formulation process, as well as overseeing:
In his new role, Blades will also oversee efforts to increase transparency into the County budget. Earlier this month, the County unveiled an Open Budget platform, providing more transparency into how the County spends taxpayer dollars.
Blades has been serving as acting director of Budget and Finance following the retirement of his predecessor, Keith Dorsey, who served with the County for 35 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
County Executive Johnny Olszewski donned rubber knee boots and waded into Deep Run at Meadowood Park with County natural resource specialists to give the public a rare glimpse of what lies below the water, and what it reveals about the health of this Lutherville-area stream.
His adventure is captured in a short documentary entitled “Watershed Moments—Keepers of the Stream.” The six-minute video features beautiful underwater and aerial drone footage of local streams and an engaging overview of the County’s water quality monitoring techniques. It presents practical commentary on how all of our actions on land affect the delicate balance of life in our waterways.
“It’s fascinating how our environmental scientists sample and identify tiny aquatic creatures to determine the levels of pollutants in our streams and use this data to drive targeted watershed restoration and outreach,” Olszewski said.
A lifelong Baltimore County resident, Johnny believes in the power of public service and giving back to the community that has done so much for him. Learn More.