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.
Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas Day holiday, including Health Department clinics, Circuit and District Courts, senior centers, drop-off centers and the landfill, and CountyRide vans will not operate. The same schedule is in place for Monday, January 1 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. See below for details on library hours, and trash and recycling collection and facilities schedules during the holiday weekends.
All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library are closed on Sunday, December 24 and on Monday, December 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Library branches will be open regular Sunday hours on New Year’s Eve and will be closed on Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.
The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to learn when materials should be set out during weeks that contain a collection holiday. Schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000. New 2018 through 2021 schedules are being mailed to residents of single family homes this month, and will be available for download on the County’s website by January 1.
Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the last week of December and the first week of January, because more material must be collected in fewer collection days. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.
Baltimore County offices and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1. County offices will be open from December 26 through December 29, and all three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours from December 26 through December 30.
By Louise Rogers-Feher, Baltimore County Police Department
Delivery trucks are on the move with the holiday season in full swing. But all those delivery trucks tell would-be burglars and thieves that someone is getting a package that will most likely end up on the porch or outside a customer’s door.
Think about this for a moment. In 2016, these companies alone made tens of millions of deliveries:
How do we safeguard packages?
The key here is to make it difficult for a thief to take your packages.
A few simple steps will help get your deliveries into the right hands.
Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking for last-minute shoppers, December 20-25. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County.
The free parking meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.
“We help our neighborhood economy when we shop at locally owned businesses,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support our locally owned shops and restaurants.”
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has revised Baltimore County's employee policies regarding sexual harassment, requiring all County employees to undergo refresher training every three years. Presently, all new County employees are required to complete a one-hour training session as part of their orientation process.
“While Baltimore County already requires sexual harassment training for all new hires, we think it is prudent to have employees review the policy training every three years,” said County Executive Kamenetz. “I have instructed the County’s Director of Human Resources to have a program in place for triennial training by July 1.”
Baltimore County’s sexual harassment policy is clearly outlined for employees in the County’s Personnel Manual that is printed below.
In addition to addressing sexual harassment, the County’s policy also contains a prohibition on the use of pornographic material at work clearly stating that such behavior is also a violation of the sexual harassment policy, including:
The Office of Human Resources also maintains a contact resource, in addition to supervisors and department heads, who are specially trained to receive employee complaints of harassment.
“I am proud of what we have done in Baltimore County to protect employees, but the revelations across the nation over the past few months have been very disturbing,” concluded Kamenetz. “Requiring employees to remain current on the issues surrounding sexual harassment is an important step in creating a work environment where everyone feels respected and valued.”
Sexual harassment is a violation of federal, state and local law and will not be tolerated by Baltimore County. Sexual harassment has no legitimate business purpose, and therefore should not occur in the work environment. Sexual harassment adversely affects not only the person to whom it is directed, but also hurts employee morale overall. Preventing sexual harassment is a team effort and therefore, the cooperation of all employees is necessary to eliminate sexual harassment. All employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and businesslike manner, and report incidents of harassment they observe promptly as provided below.
Section 1.4.1: Sexual Harassment Defined
Sexual harassment, as defined by law, consists of unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical acts that are sexual or sexually based in nature where:
Section 1.4.2: Examples of Sexual Harassment Conduct
Although incidents of sexual harassment may be subjective in nature, the following acts are examples of conduct which violate Baltimore County’s sexual harassment policy:
The above is not construed as an all-inclusive list of prohibited acts under this policy, but only to give employees an idea of what constitutes sexual harassment.
Section 1.4.3: Retaliation Prohibited
It is also unlawful to retaliate or take reprisal in any way against anyone who has articulated any concern about sexual harassment discrimination, whether that concern relates to harassment of, or discrimination against, the individual raising the concern, or against another individual.
Retaliation for making sexual harassment complaints or participating in a sexual harassment investigation may include, but not be limited to, imposing discipline; changing work assignments or providing inaccurate work information to, or refusing to cooperate or discuss work related matters with an employee because that employee has complained about or resisted harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.
Intentionally pressuring, falsely denying, lying about or otherwise covering up or attempting to cover up conduct such as that described in any item above also may constitute retaliation.
Section 1.4.4: Complaint Procedure
Employees who want to make a complaint or allegation of harassment should report the incident to the supervisor or manager promptly. If the employee is not comfortable making the complaint to the supervisor or manager, the complaint should be made directly to the Office of Human Resources by calling 410-887-3122. The complaint will be investigated in a fair and prompt manner. Upon the completion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken by Baltimore County if warranted.
Section 1.4.5: Discipline for Violating Sexual Harassment Policy
Any employee of Baltimore County found to be in violation of this sexual harassment policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Similarly, Baltimore County will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone who attempts to retaliate against employees who complain about alleged harassment, or against any individual who participates in an investigation of alleged sexual harassment. Disciplinary action may include counseling, written warning, transfer, demotion, discharge, or any other action deemed appropriate by Baltimore County. Baltimore County will aggressively take appropriate action to prevent repeated acts of harassment.
Questions regarding this policy statement should be directed to the Office of Human Resources by calling 410-887-3122.
Organizers of Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week are pleased to announce that the 15th, bi-annual promotion begins on Friday, January 19.
Participating restaurants from across the area will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch or dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.
“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week—it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”
View the menus of the restaurants that have registered so far and remember to keep checking back as more register every day!
Serving as Baltimore County’s twelfth County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz has established a three-pronged approach to governing by applying the principles of innovation, responsibility, and efficiency. Learn More.