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Survey is Part of the County Executive’s Goal to Make Government Open and Transparent With a Focus on Customer Service

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced today that the county will conduct its first citizen survey in nearly a decade. The survey will be mailed to randomly selected county citizens beginning in October and will provide the county with critical data on how to best serve those who live, work and play in our communities.

“As we continue to strive for an open and transparent government, it is imperative to understand how we are doing,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “We must become a more data-driven government. This comprehensive survey will help us assess citizen satisfaction with county services and identify opportunities for improvement.”

The county is using National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) to conduct the survey. NRC is a national firm with expertise in research and evaluation in the public sector. The company will survey 2,000 randomly selected county residents.

“Getting feedback from its citizens is an essential part of making government work,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr. “I am very pleased that the County Executive is collecting this information, and I look forward to reviewing the results with my colleagues and constituents.”

Selected households will receive the survey by mail in early October, and the county expects to have the results by the end of November. “I am very pleased the results of this survey will be available for the new administration and County Council as they begin their terms,” concluded Mohler. “It is my hope that they will make the collection of this and expanded data an annual event.”

“County Executive Mohler reached out to me this summer to discuss community surveys, and I am delighted that the county is moving in this direction,” said Dr. Mileah Kromer, Associate Professor and Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College. “It is imperative that local government engage its citizens in a meaningful manner. This data will help the county government better understand the present and help to identify ways to improve the future for residents.”
 


Thousands of Volunteers Collected Tons of Litter in 15-Minute Clean-ups

Baltimore County is a little bit cleaner and greener thanks to the efforts of school children and community members who participated in this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge. County Executive Don Mohler, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Verletta White and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced this morning that twelve Baltimore County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in thousands of volunteers participating in more than three hundred litter clean-ups around the County over the past year.

“We are just delighted with the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten to this program from our students, teachers and groups in the community who take pride in helping to clean up our neighborhoods and keep litter out of our waterways and the environment,” Mohler said.

“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is an effective, real-world way for our students to learn about the environment as they demonstrate pride in their schools and communities,” said BCPS Superintendent Verletta White.

“The Clean Green 15 challenge is a great, hands-on way for students and community members to get involved and make a difference by putting litter in its place,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Clean Green 15 Results:

Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools!

The 2018 program resulted in 338 clean-ups conducted by 5,057 volunteers who picked up 3,471 bags of litter and debris. This is a 29% increase in volunteers over last year!

In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, streambanks, schoolyards and other locations around Baltimore County. Clean-ups included schoolchildren as well as community-based volunteer activity.

Through the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy.  Examples could include installing a reading garden or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts, or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received technology prizes.  

Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge 

Winning Schools—2018

Award

Prize

School

Grand Prize—Volunteers

$3,000 grant

Reisterstown Elementary School

Grand Prize—Weight

$3,000 grant

General John Stricker Middle School

Elementary Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School

Middle Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Parkville Middle School and Center for Technology

High Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Dulaney High School

Special Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Battle Monument School

Honorable Mention

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Bear Creek Elementary School

Honorable Mention

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Edgemere Elementary School

Honorable Mention

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Lansdowne High School

Honorable Mention

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Milbrook Elementary School

Honorable Mention

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Perry Hall Middle School

Honorable Mention

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Stoneleigh Elementary School

2018 Sponsors:

BGE, Comcast, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Clean Green 15 is Underway for Next Year

In addition to awarding prizes to the winning schools from this year, officials also announced that the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge is on for next year, with groups eligible to log clean-ups from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 for consideration in next year’s awards.

Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups and competed from last May through this April to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. The program is open to any group, including school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sport teams, businesses or other organizations that wish to help clean up their community. Groups are asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website and designate a school to receive credit.

Clean Green Collaboration

This is the fifth year for the challenge, which is a collaboration of Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County. This year’s sponsors include BGE, Comcast and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.


Community Cheers as Mohler Cuts Ribbon on Replacement Span

The rain did not dampen the spirits in Woodlawn this morning as Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler celebrated the grand opening of a newly rebuilt pedestrian bridge that replaces the one used by generations of Woodlawn area residents.

“This footbridge is an important community connection, giving people easy access to the high school, library and shopping and we’re committed to providing resources like this that enhance the quality of life for our residents,” Mohler said.

The original bridge, built over a stream in 1973, served the community for more than 40 years until it was closed and removed in 2014 for structural and safety reasons. 

“This bridge means a lot to the Woodlawn community, especially the students who will use it to access Woodlawn High School and the library branch,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr. “I appreciate the efforts of the County Executive and Department of Public Works to provide this modern footbridge that is wheelchair accessible and built to last for many decades.”

“Council Chairman Jones and I are always working closely together to help the people of Woodlawn and I am very pleased about the replacement of this pedestrian bridge because walkability is important to the community,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk.

The $400,000 bridge is designed to include a concrete deck and approach embankments which are compliant with ADA standards. (The original bridge was not compliant as it had steps.) The bridge is 60 feet in overall structural length and the deck is 6 feet 5 inches wide. It is an aluminum truss bridge with a reinforced concrete deck. The span sits on two concrete abutments and is covered with an attractive stained, brick-form, liner finish.

Photos of today’s event may be viewed on the County website.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017