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Date: Sep 25, 2020

Work Group Enabled by State Legislation to Develop Recommendations to Improve Quality of Life

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the formation of  the Baltimore County Residential Truck Traffic Work Group to engage in a stakeholder-driven process to alleviate burdensome truck traffic in residential areas and improve quality of life for residents.

“For years, residents have raised concerns about heavy truck traffic on local roads, and they are looking for leadership to address this important quality of life concern,” Olszewski said. “By bringing together community members, county staff, and representatives from the commercial transportation industry, we can begin a thoughtful and collaborative process to make meaningful changes to our neighborhoods.”

During the 2020 legislative session, the Olszewski Administration successfully advocated for legislation from the Maryland General Assembly to enable Baltimore County to implement a vehicle height monitoring system program to address the high volume of commercial truck traffic on local roads in southeastern and southwestern Baltimore County. In accordance with the state legislation, the County must first convene a work group, with representatives from the commercial transportation industry, to study the program and make recommendations prior to implementing.

The work group will evaluate existing truck routes; identify areas for enforcement; and evaluate existing signage and identify locations where signage could be improved.

As the program must limit the number of vehicle height monitoring systems, the work group will suggest limits on the number of cameras. The work group will also make recommendations on whether any specific types of vehicles that should be excluded from the enforcement of height restrictions.

The Baltimore County Residential Truck Traffic Work Group will submit a preliminary report by March 31, 2021, and a final report by August 31, 2021. The final report’s recommendations will inform legislation to go before the County Council.

Members

The work group’s membership includes community members, industry representatives, and County employees. D’Andrea Walker, Deputy Director of Transportation for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, will chair the work group. Members include:

  • D'Andrea Walker (Chair), Baltimore County Department of Public Works (DPW)
  • Jeff Fraley, Baltimore Industrial Group (BIG)
  • Louis Campion, Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA)
  • Major Jay Landsman, Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD)
  • Crystal Patterson, Baltimore County Office of Law
  • Pete Kriscumas, Baltimore County Office of Community Engagement (OCE)
  • Matt Carpenter, Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance (OBF)
  • John Merson, District 1 Representative
  • Ron Metzger, District 7 Representative

Upcoming Meeting

The first meeting of the Baltimore County Residential Truck Traffic Work Group is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A link to the Webex meeting is also provided on the work group’s webpage. Meeting minutes will be recorded from each meeting.


Olszewski fulfils pledge to provide use of force and officer complaint data in latest effort to improve transparency and accountability in the Baltimore County Police Department

As the latest tool to increase government transparency and accountability in Baltimore County, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today released a new interactive data dashboard displaying detailed policing information outlining the number and disposition of complaints against police officers and instances of uses of force.

This new dashboard fulfill key portions of Olszewski's pledge to provide more information to the public as part of a package of reforms announced in June.

“Open and accessible governments inform our communities and make them stronger. This newest dashboard represents another important step forward in creating a culture of transparency in Baltimore County,” Olszewski said. “I thank Chief Hyatt, the Baltimore County Police Department and our BCSTAT data analytics team for their work in developing these latest tools and for advancing our administration’s ongoing push to provide the public with more insight into policing.”

The Policing Data Dashboard, developed by Baltimore County’s BCSTAT team in collaboration with the Baltimore County Police Department, displays over three years of data on use of force incidents and citizen and internally-generated complaints in Baltimore County.

This dashboard allows users to see trends over time, the demographics of officers or individuals involved in complaints or use of force incidents, and other related data in an interactive format.

“The Baltimore County Police Department continues to expand the resources and data available to the residents of the communities we serve," said Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. "The expansion of this data dashboard will provide greater transparency and serve as another building block towards the advancement of public trust.”

The interactive dashboard released today joins Baltimore County’s growing set of resources for residents that provide greater transparency, reflecting Olszewski’s unparalleled commitment to a more transparent and accountable government.

In July, Olszewski released a Crime Data Dashboard, providing residents with access to detailed County Part 1 Crime data from 2017 to present.

Earlier this year, Olszewski launched BCSTAT, a data-driven performance management program that aims to improve performance, ensure data quality, enhance transparency and increase accountability across government.

Baltimore County has also released a number of downloadable raw data-sets related to numerous government functions and services. Open Data also includes access to the “My Neighborhood” interactive mapping application, which allows residents to select, view and print predefined maps and reports about Baltimore County, such as police precincts, enterprise zones or census information.

In 2019, the Olszewski Administration released the Baltimore County Open Budget platform to empower residents to explore the County’s budget in an online, easily understood format. The platform currently features information on current and prior year’s budgets, including revenue and expenditures for both operating and capital expenses.

Olszewski has also called for state legislation to amend the Maryland Public Information Act to increase transparency related to the disposition of police disciplinary actions.

Members of the public can view and access the Policing Data Dashboards here.

The administration will release a public dashboard with traffic stop data in the coming days.


 
 
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