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Virtual Town Hall Details Announced, Residential Drop-Off Centers to Close Among Latest Updates

Baltimore County today announced the latest updates to County operations to protect employees and residents and minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • Virtual Town Hall Meetings announced
  • Baltimore County Department of Public Works residential drop-off centers to close
  • Yard waste collection suspended
  • Code Enforcement Work Group meetings rescheduled
  • County accepting donations of critical supplies

Olszewski Announces Virtual Town Hall Meetings

County Executive Johnny Olszewski will host two Virtual Town Hall Meetings to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

Baltimore County COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m.

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County Executive Olszewski, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, Police Chief Melissa Hyatt and Fire Chief Joanne Rund, and other County officials will provide updates on the County’s COVID-19 response and answer questions and concerns from Baltimore County residents.

Residents can stream Thursday’s COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall at baltimorecountymd.gov/townhall. Residents can also call in at 833-946-1803.

Residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the Virtual Town Hall by sending an email to townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Baltimore County Virtual Budget Town Hall: Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m.

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County Executive Olszewski will join County Councilmembers to provide another opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, ideas and priorities for the FY21 budget.

This meeting will provide a forum for public discussion focused on future budget priorities. County Executive Olszewski will be joined by Council Chair Cathy Bevins, Councilman David Marks, and Councilman Tom Quirk—representatives from the council districts for which in-person town hall meetings were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents can join the 2020 Budget Virtual Town Hall online here or at
baltimorecountymd.gov/townhall. Residents can also call in at +1-415-655-0001. Access code: 472 548 188

Residents can submit questions during the town hall in the Virtual Town Hall application, or by sending an email to townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov

More Information

All town hall meetings will be recorded and posted on the County’s website.

Olszewski is required by law to submit his FY21 budget to the Baltimore County Council by April 15, 2020.

Sign language interpreters and other accommodations can be arranged upon request by contacting: townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Information for Baltimore County’s town halls is available at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/townhall.

Department of Public Works Announces Residential Drop-off Centers to Close, Yard Waste Collection Suspended

Beginning Thursday, April 2, Baltimore County’s Residential Drop-Off Centers will be closed to the Public until further notice.

The following sites will remain open only for commercial haulers with accounts.

  • Eastern Sanitary Landfill—6259 Days Cove Road, 21162
  • Central Acceptance Facility—201 West Warren Road, 21030
  • Western Acceptance Facility—3310 Transway Road, 21227

Additionally, Yard Waste Collection, which normally begins April 1, has been suspended until further notice. The suspension will allow collectors to focus on residential trash collection, which has spiked.

Residents with questions about these updates can contact Baltimore County Department of Public Works at 410-887-3300.

Baltimore County Announces Rescheduled Code Enforcement Work Group Meetings

Dates have been set for rescheduled meetings of the Code Enforcement Improvement Work Group.

Formed in February 2020 to engage in a stakeholder-driven process to identify improvements to the County’s code enforcement program, the Work Group’s previously scheduled meetings were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, April 2

The Code Enforcement Improvement Work Group will host their next meeting on Thursday, April 2 from Noon to 1 p.m.

Members of the public who would like to join, can use the information below:

  • Video stream
  • Join by phone: +1-240-454-0887. Access code: 732 237 119

Thursday, April 9

The third and final meeting will be held on Thursday, April 9 from Noon to 1 p.m.

Members of the general members of the public who would like to join, can use the information below:

  • Video stream
  • Join by phone: +1-240-454-0887. Access code: 732 237 119

More information is available on the Work Group’s web page.

Baltimore County Accepting Donations of Critical Supplies

To assist front-line County employee efforts to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County government is now accepting donations of the following items:

  • N-95 Masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • Procedure Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medical Gloves—latex free
  • Gowns
  • Disinfectant
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Eye Protection

Individuals who wish to donate items can visit:

Glen Arm Fire Supply
12200 Long Green Pike Suite B
Glen Arm, Maryland 21057
410-887-4527

Collection hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When residents arrive, please call 410-887-4527 to connect with a Baltimore County staff member.


Blocked Gutters Can Lead to Environmental and Safety Concerns

Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves and grass trimmings into the gutter or street is unsafe, potentially damaging to the Chesapeake Bay, and illegal.

Leaves in the gutter can lead to fires and endanger children who might try to play in the leaves. Leaves and grass trimmings can also clog drains and, if the leaves do get to the bay, cause algae blooms. Algae blooms absorb oxygen and light that fish and aquatic plants need to survive.

Instead of raking or blowing these yard materials into the gutter, the County suggests that residents compost them. Composting leaves and grass trimmings is an easy way to produce an environmentally friendly soil additive for use in gardens.

Another option for Baltimore County residents is to simply mulch fallen leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on the ground, providing a great natural fertilizer for lawns as the leaves decompose. Mulched leaves can also be collected and used around plants, garden beds, under shrubs and hedges, and under trees. The mulch will keep the soil moist and protect the roots of the plants.

Baltimore County residents who choose to bag their yard materials should put them out where they normally place their trash, in accordance with their trash and recycling collection schedule. Residents are reminded to use paper or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans or any other type of container.

For more information on how to handle yard materials at home, residents may visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.


Separate Collections Will Resume in April 2018

The separate collection of yard materials (for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules) will halt in December, and will resume in April 2018.

The date of the last 2017 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular schedule for details (the final “Y” day will occur within the first two weeks of December).

Please note that after the last “Y” day occurs on a particular schedule, yard materials can be placed out with trash on a scheduled trash collection day.

Residents may go online to view their trash and recycling collection schedule and program guide by visiting the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website. Collection schedules and program guides can also be obtained by calling 410-887-2000.

Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves into the gutter or street is illegal.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017