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Pledges to Advocate for County Governments in Annapolis

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski was elected Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) for the 2019 to 2020 term today during the organization’s winter conference in Cambridge, Maryland.

As treasurer, County Executive Olszewski will guide the finances and long-term fiscal planning for MACo, a nonpartisan statewide organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

“I am proud to join my colleagues on the Executive Committee, where we will work together to find common ground and support the needs of communities across our state,” said Olszewski. “I’m honored to represent Baltimore County and looking forward to serving Marylanders as MACo’s next treasurer.”

Olszewski, who took office a year ago this week, will serve on the MACo statewide leadership team for a one-year term along with Sharon Green Middleton, Baltimore City Council (president); Wilbur Levengood, Caroline County Commissioner (first vice president); Laura Price, Talbot County Council (second vice president); Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive (secretary); and Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive (past-president).

Olszewski previously served on the 2019 MACo’s Board of Directors.

Separate Collections Will Resume in April 2020

The separate collection of yard materials (for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules) will be halted for the winter in December and will resume in April 2020.

The date of the last 2019 “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 with no “Y” days on their schedule should continue to place yard materials out with trash on scheduled trash collection days.

Residents may view their trash and recycling collection schedule on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website. Collection schedules can also be obtained by calling 410-887-2000, or by downloading the County’s BaltCoGo app, for use on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and is available on the Google Play and Apple app stores.

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

Public Hearing on December 9

Baltimore County invites non-profit organizations, government agencies and the general public to a meeting to discuss upcoming funding opportunities and spending priorities for community development programs. A public hearing will be led by the Department of Planning and will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, in the Towson Room (ground level) of the Towson Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland, 21204.

The focus of the public hearing will be the public service needs of low-income citizens in the areas of employment, child care, health, education, substance abuse and welfare; homeless service needs in preventing homelessness or assisting those currently homeless; and community development efforts, including housing efforts, that address the needs of low- to moderate-income citizens.

Following the public hearing the Department will hold a pre-bid conference at which it will provide detailed instructions on the following Requests for Proposal (RFP): Capital; Homeless Services; and Public Services.

Citizen Engagement

The County is interested in engaging citizens in the determination of existing and emerging needs over the next year as it seeks to utilize funds provided to the County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). State funds and county funds are also dedicated to community development needs.

In addition, the County is initiating its development of a five-year Consolidated Plan that will discuss community development needs, priorities and strategies to be considered in county fiscal year 2021 through county fiscal year 2025. In the months ahead. the Consolidated Plan process will offer additional opportunities for public comment and engagement. 

County staff will also invite interested citizens to learn about and consider joining the Homeless Roundtable, the County's advisory group that helps guide policy on homelessness. Through the Baltimore County Continuum of Care, roundtable members participate in the determination of local funding decisions and assist in the development of performance standards and the evaluation of federally-funded homeless program outcomes.

The grant funding opportunities are targeted to:

  1. Homeless Services—projects that prevent homelessness or assist those who are currently homeless.
  2. Public Services—projects that address the needs of low-income citizens in the areas of employment, crime prevention, child care, health and welfare, education, substance abuse, energy conservation or recreational needs.
  3. Capital Projects—projects involving a physical improvement or modification that serve the needs of individuals with disabilities; and projects that meet a general community development need.

Generally, one-year grants will range in size from $15,000 to $200,000. Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. To learn more, visit the Grants Administration page.

Reasonable Accommodations

The Baltimore County Department of Planning is dedicated to ensuring that all services provided by this office are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided if requested at least four days prior to the meeting. Please contact Colleen Nevy at 410-887-3317, fax 410-887-5696 or by email at

Revised September 11, 2017