Baltimore County Now
The May edition of Baltimore County's half-hour cable television public affairs show, "Hello Baltimore County," highlights the following topics.
- Protecting Vulnerable Adults – Baltimore County’s Adult Protective Services protects seniors and disabled adults from abusive people as well as helping with self-neglect. Find out more.
- Every Litter Bit Helps! – If your group will take just 15 minutes to clean up some litter in your area, the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter challenge means you can also help your favorite Baltimore County public school win an environmental grant!
- Good News about Recreation Volunteers – Volunteers are the core of the County’s successful recreation and sports programs. Now, the County is providing no-charge background checks to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Tech Update – Baltimore County’s Director of Information Technology Rob Stradling shares the latest ways the County is using technology to maximize service efficiency while cutting costs.
Hello Baltimore County" now.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on
Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County.
Mondays: 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tuesdays: Noon and 9 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.Fri, 01 May 2015 20:00:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Latest_Edition_of_Hello_Baltimore_County_is_Now_Airing
Perry Hall Community Celebrates New Recreational Resource
The Perry Hall community has yet another new recreational resource with the completion of an extension to Northeast Trail at Indian Rock Park.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz celebrated the completion of this $423,000 project with community and recreation leaders from the Perry Hall area at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.
The extended trail connects the northern and southern ends of the existing Northeast Trail at Indian Rock Park, creating a paved path that is about three-fifths of a mile in length. This ADA-compliant path starts at Ebenezer Road, goes through a patch of woods, then runs alongside the ball fields at Perry Hall High School, ending in the Silver Hall neighborhood.
Strong, Healthy Families
“As I often say, strong, healthy families are the foundation of the communities that make this County such a great place to live,” said Kamenetz. “And so we are committed to providing them with the resources, like this new trail extension, they need to grow, excel and enjoy the high quality of life they deserve.”
Trail construction was supported by two trail-funding programs. Baltimore County was awarded $90,000 in National Recreational Trails (NRT) Program funding through the Maryland State Highway Administration, as well as $126,000 from the Maryland Bikeways Program. Additionally, a Maryland Program Open Space (POS) application for $100,000 in funding was approved in December by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The architect is A. Morton Thomas and Associates and the contractor is Whiting Turner.
Improved Hiking and Biking
"This trail opens up an underutilized County park and improves hiking and biking in a densely populated part of Perry Hall,” said 5th District Councilman David Marks. “It was a key element of the Perry Hall Community Plan, and I applaud all those who worked to make it a reality."
The Northeast Trail is one of the priority projects listed within the County's Eastern Baltimore County Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan. It is intended to tie in with similar improvements proposed by the plan to create a network of trails, sidewalks and bikeways for both recreation and transportation uses, as part of the County's ongoing access to promote health-enhancing activities such as walking and cycling.
This project adds to the County’s portfolio of walking trails at parks. It is included in the recently launched
Trailfinderfeature on the County website, which helps people easily locate family-friendly walking paths and trails throughout the County.
Recent Recreation Projects
This trail project further enhances recreation opportunities in the Perry Hall area, including:
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- The Soukup Arena is a $3 million, 12,000-square-foot building that includes a 9,000-square-foot gymnasium and 3,000 square feet of additional space. The Perry Hall Recreation Council contributed $1.5 million of the total cost and the construction was completed this past winter.
- Gough Park is a $3.5 million, 17-acre park that was completed last October and features athletic fields, walking paths, a comfort station, pavilions and a parking lot. The fields should be ready for play this fall.
- The Perry Paw Dog Park at Honeygo Run Regional Park is a $205,000 dog park completed in April of 2014 and is operated by the Perry Paw Dog Park Committee.
Enhanced Ease of Use, Search Feature and Mobile Access
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that as part of his efforts to maximize the value of technology in providing services to constituents, the County has redesigned its nationally recognized website, including significant enhancements for mobile users.
“We constantly evaluate improvements, especially when it comes to the fast-moving world of technology and how our constituents access government services,” said Kamenetz. “We’ve got to reach people online in a way that meets their needs quickly and is clear and intuitive.”
This refreshed design of the
Baltimore County Government homepageis designed to:
- make the search function prominent to facilitate easy constituent access to information and services,
- increase the use of imagery to support and promote County agency priorities and news,
- provide a direct channel to the County Executive via social media and easily identified contact information,
- update visual design to a more modern look and feel,
- enhance accessibility for people with disabilities, and
- create a more robust, task-based mobile experience following the industry best-practice of responsive design, which ensures menu layout, image size and text placement to perfectly fit any device.
Enhanced Search Function
A large Google-based search is displayed prominently in the center of the homepage. It includes an autocomplete function and quick links to the most popular services on the website, as determined by analysis of the site’s Web traffic.
The County website received 4.6 million visits and 11 million individual page views in 2014. The County homepage received 14 percent of those visits. In 2014, 26 percent of users accessed the County website on a mobile device, versus 8 percent in 2013.
Website Has Been Nationally Recognized for Excellence
Prior to the latest upgrade, Baltimore County’s website has received multiple national awards including winning second place in the 2014 City/County High Population category by the
National Association of Government Web Professionals. The site was also highlighted, for the third year in a row, as a finalist in the 2014 Best of the Web Awardssponsored by the Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program.Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:00:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/County_Launches_Redesigned_Homepage
No Unusual or Problematic Protest-Related Activity Occurred this Week
Chief Johnson released this statement Wednesday afternoon: "I want to assure citizens and local businesses that there is no need to curtail their daily business as a result of the ongoing unrest in Baltimore City," said Police Chief Jim Johnson.
"We have experienced no unusual activity here, and there are no indications that anything unusual is planned."
"Police continue to monitor social media and other sources for rumors about gatherings and other protest-related activity. The department is taking these messages seriously and has appropriate resources available for deployment, should the need for them occur. At this time, however, there are no credible threats to Baltimore County."
"Our county is uneventful and safe. There is no need for businesses, schools and other institutions to disrupt normal operations," Chief Johnson said.
Continued Support for BPD
BCoPD continues to support the Baltimore City Police Department. This afternoon, BCoPD sent about 50 officers back to Baltimore to assist with protests. The same number of county officers was deployed Monday and Tuesday.
Since last weekend, BCoPD has provided backup Tactical, K-9 and Aviation support for BPD's daily calls for service. In addition, Baltimore County Police are handling duties normally handled by the Maryland State Police in Baltimore County.Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:28:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/No_Unusual_ProtestRelated_Activity_in_Baltimore_County