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By Director of Public Works Steve Walsh

We all know to watch out for ice on the roads when frozen precipitation falls from the sky. But, every winter, Public Works receives calls about water freezing on County roads even when the skies are clear and roads are otherwise bone dry. This can happen because of broken or leaking water mains, hydrants, or meters, or seeping ground water — which is especially prevalent this year due to the record-breaking wet weather.

To report any water issue – whatever the season, whatever the reason – constituents should call the Bureau of Utilities at 410 887-7415. This number is manned 24/7.

The Bureau of Utilities investigates, logs and monitors water problems. If a water main or meter is leaking or has failed, the Bureau of Utilities contacts Baltimore City’s water maintenance division which assigns crews to eventually fix the problem. The City schedules repairs based on a priority list and, because the water system is operated by Baltimore City, emergency repairs are in the City’s hands. The County does keep in touch with City utility engineers to ensure that County streets get the attention they deserve.

If the water is determined to be groundwater, solutions are investigated. Groundwater issues are more difficult to resolve however. 

In either case, Utilities coordinates with the Bureau of Highways, as needed, to spread salt on County public roads to ensure public safety.

This type of unexpected road hazard is yet another reason to be sure that you are always paying attention to the road – not your phone!


Says Governor is not factually correct

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz responded to a form letter that he received last week threatening the completion of transportation projects in the County. The full text of the County Executive’s response is below:

Dear Governor Hogan,

I am in receipt of your form letter of February 2, 2017, seeking support of a repeal of the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Act.  Your attachment asserts that the Act will result in the cancellation of six transportation projects in Baltimore County, five of which involve major improvements to the Baltimore Beltway.  I am dismayed that you continue to assert a position that is not factually correct.

As you are aware, the plain language of the Act states:  "nothing in this Act may be construed to prohibit or prevent the funding of the capital transportation priorities in each jurisdiction."  The law simply requires the Governor to provide an advisory scoring process, letting the public understand how decisions are made when road projects are funded. The law even allowed your office to create the scoring mechanism. 

I've previously requested that your Administration provide the data behind your scoring calculations. Since you still refuse to provide that data, I can only assume that the "scores" are simply a scare tactic.  I urge you to inform us of the real reasons why you believe there would be a shortfall of transportation funds to complete the needed Beltway improvements.   In the meantime, my constituents still remain stuck in traffic.  

Very truly yours,

Kevin Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive

 

c:        Honorable Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the House

           Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Senate President


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017