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Date: May 2019

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on May 27

Baltimore County government offices and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, May 27 in recognition of the Memorial 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 and parking meters are free on the holiday.

View Your Collection Schedule

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see the impact of holidays on when they should set out trash, recycling and yard materials.

Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000. Collection schedules 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.

Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County offices and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Monday, May 27.  


Baltimore County is Working to Minimize Impact

As our neighbors in Baltimore City work to address the ransomware attack on the City’s computer systems, we wanted to share some information about implications for Baltimore County. 

Please note that Baltimore County has not experienced a ransomware attack on our systems. However, there are a few ways in which County residents may be impacted by the City’s attack. County officials are working to minimize those impacts. 

Property Transfers 

Baltimore County will not hold up any deed transfers for water bills. The Baltimore County’s Lien Certificate only lists the phone number for the City’s Water Department—the County’s normal process does not verify whether the water account is up to date. That function is completed by the Title Company.

The water bill issue will only affect the transfer of a property if at the settlement table the buyer does not want to proceed without information about the final water bill. This would be between the buyer and seller. The title company would have the ability to establish an escrow amount for the water charge until the actual amount can be determined. 

Water Billing

While the City’s ability to deliver water to residents and businesses is not affected by the attack, the water billing system is down. The City’s Department of Public Works has created an email address, DPW.Billing.Baltimorecity@gmail.com, as a temporary point of contact for customers to send them communication. 

Sewer Billing

The County Department of Public Works Metro District Billing Office uses City water information and systems to assist with customer service inquiries. Until City computer systems are fully restored, the process of responding to billing inquiries may be slowed. 

Security of the County’s Systems

Baltimore County Government is committed to protecting citizen data and maintaining availability of citizen services. While no security controls can guarantee complete protection, Baltimore County has invested in technologies over many years to strengthen the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our systems to weather unforeseen events. We have implemented a more rigorous vulnerability assessment program to help us identify vulnerabilities and paired it with a more robust patch management program allowing a faster response once vulnerabilities are identified. We have tools in place to identify threats at the perimeter of our network, which we will continue to monitor and expand.

In addition, we have implemented tools to identify and remove threats from phishing emails prior to them entering our environment. Every County employee receives regular training on how to identify malware and other basic cybersecurity methods. As we became aware of new threats like those in our neighboring jurisdictions being targeted, we began to add warning notices to every email message received from outside of our network so employees could better identify phishing messages and potential malware.


Expert working group will lead public engagement effort to gather input and develop recommendations

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced plans to accelerate the County’s response to the opioid crisis by engaging members of the public and convening an expert working group.

Beginning today, members of the public are encouraged to provide input through an online survey (available in both English and Spanish). In addition, residents will have an opportunity to attend public meetings on Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, July 10, where Baltimore County officials and members of the working group will share information about the opioid crisis and hear from County residents, including family members and individuals with lived experience with addiction, about their thoughts and ideas for steps the county can take to save lives.

“We have a moral imperative to do everything within our power to respond to this devastating epidemic,” Olszewski said. “Our goal is a fresh look and a strategic approach to addressing this crisis in Baltimore County.”

Baltimore County has the second highest number of overdose deaths in the state – in 2018, 348 people died from opioid-related overdoses, up from 323 in 2017. Olszewski’s transition team made a number of recommendations related to tackling the opioid epidemic, including the appointment of an Opioid Strategy Coordinator to spearhead efforts to address the crisis across the government. The County Executive’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020 includes funding for this position.

“My staff and I look forward to collaborating with the opioid working group in communicating response and recovery efforts to combat this deadly epidemic,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services.

The expert working group will examine evidence and best practices, gather input from stakeholders and the public, and draft a report with recommendations for how the County should move forward. The members of the working group are:

  • Dr. John Chessare, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Dr. Michelle Gourdine, Interim Chief Medical Officer, and Senior Vice President, Population Health & Primary Care, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Dr. Sunil Khushalani, Medical Director, Adult Services, Sheppard Pratt Health System 
  • Dawn O’Neill, Vice President of Population Health, Saint Agnes Hospital 
  • Michelle Spencer, Associate Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
  • Dr. Christopher Welsh, Medical Director, Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services, University of Maryland School of Medicine

 

The working group will receive assistance from staff at the Baltimore County Department of Health and faculty and students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with support from the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.

For more information, including additional details about the public meetings once they are available, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/agencies/executive/opioid-working-group.html.

Watch the press conference here: Press Conference

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Revised September 11, 2017