Baltimore County News
Funding Requested to Support New Buses, Infrastructure for Towson Circulator Pilot
Baltimore County has won a federal grant award to support the launch of a Towson Circulator pilot. The $1.65 million award, announced today by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, was requested by County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s administration as it seeks to create innovative transportation options for Baltimore County residents.
“The Towson Circulator will be a critical project that will better connect residents between where they live, work, study, and play,” said County Executive Olszewski. “We commend our Congressional delegation on supporting our request for this critical funding to move forward with this first-of-its-kind integrated transportation project in Baltimore County.”
In his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, Olszewski included funds to begin planning a Towson Circulator pilot, with plans to expand to other communities. In addition, the administration has named the first ever transportation planner and is in the process of hiring a deputy in the Department of Public Works to oversee transportation efforts and strategy.
“We are excited to announce this federal investment to help kick-start the Towson Circulator, which will provide a new, much-needed transit option to downtown Towson and the surrounding community. Maintaining a safe, reliable and convenient public transit system is critical to Baltimore County and we will continue working to expand and modernize transportation systems throughout Maryland,” the federal lawmakers said.
Today’s award, announced as part of a nearly $14 million federal, statewide investment announced from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, will support the purchase of new buses and infrastructure for the Towson Circulator.
"With little room for new roads, a Circulator is essential to improving mobility in Downtown Towson,” said Councilman David Marks. “I thank County Executive Olszewski and our federal partners for their support of this initiative."
More details on the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program may be found on the Federal Transit Administration's website.Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:34:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-wins-1-65-million-grant-for-towson-circulator
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 baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:45:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-reminds-residents-not-to-rake-or-blow-yard-materials-into-the-street-4
Workgroup to Ensure Youth Voices Included in Efforts to Combat Climate Change
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the formation of the Baltimore County Youth Climate Working Group to better engage young people in the County’s ongoing efforts to adopt sustainable practices and policies to combat climate change.
The first-of-its-kind workgroup will convene high school students from around Baltimore County to ensure youth voices, concerns, and recommendations are included in the County’s Climate Action Plan and other sustainability efforts.
Consequences of Climate Change in Baltimore County
“We are already seeing the consequences of climate change in Baltimore County, and they will only grow more severe in the years ahead unless we take action now,” said County Executive Olszewski. “Youth voices are among the most important in the global fight for our planet because they will be the most impacted by our actions. We need their vision and passion to build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Baltimore County.”
Earlier this year, students in Baltimore County and across the world participated in the Global Climate Strike to demand action be taken to address climate change. By engaging them through this working group, students’ impassioned call for progress can help lead to tangible solutions at the local level.
Students will have opportunities to meet with the County Executive, Chief Sustainability Officer, and other members of the administration to share their perspectives on climate change, discuss how it impacts their communities, and to develop potential solutions. Recommendations and feedback from the Youth Climate Working Group will be incorporated in the County’s final Climate Action Plan.
This is the latest effort from the Administration to promote environmental sustainability and enhance community input into government.
In August, County Executive Olszewski named former Delegate Steve Lafferty as Baltimore County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Lafferty is tasked with leading the county’s efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change and to promote countywide sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Officer will lead the development of county-wide Climate Action Plan, covering topics such as reduced energy consumption, promotion of green infrastructure, and sustainable growth policy.
Bringing Students and Young People Into the Processes
“We are thrilled to provide young people with this opportunity to share their opinions and ideas about the impact of climate change,” Lafferty said. “By bringing students and young people into the processes, we can make sure they are part of the solution today while inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to carry on the fight for a cleaner, greener future.”
Baltimore County partnered with schools across the county to recruit 20 students to participate in the Working Group.
The Youth Climate Working Group will hold its first meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019.Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:56:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/olszewski-creates-youth-climate-working-group
Share Your Feedback Via Online Survey
Baltimore County is seeking community input on making Baltimore County more age-friendly to empower residents of all ages and abilities to live, work, play and reside comfortably in their communities.
“An age-friendly Baltimore County is one where all residents feel welcome and can take comfort in knowing that their concerns are being heard and their needs are being met,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski.
About the Age-Friendly Baltimore County Initiative
County Executive Olszewski and the Baltimore County Department of Aging earlier this year launched the Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative in partnership with the AARP network of Age-Friendly states and communities. The network is the United States affiliate of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization.
The Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative is examining issues such as affordable and accessible housing; creating open and accessible green spaces; accessible public transportation options and ways to create more opportunities for civic engagement and employment.
To fill out the survey, visit the questionnaire on SurveyMonkey.
For more information or to get involved:
- Visit the webpage for the Baltimore County Department of Aging.
- Email Age-Friendly Baltimore County at email@example.com
- Contact Donna D. Neuworth, Special Projects Coordinator, at 410-887-7985.
The mission of the Baltimore County Department of Aging is to strengthen lives by providing services, programs and connections to resources. For more information on the various programs provided by BCDA, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/aging.Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:25:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-seeks-age-friendly-community-input