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Work Group Enabled by State Legislation to Develop Recommendations to Improve Quality of Life

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the formation of  the Baltimore County Residential Truck Traffic Work Group to engage in a stakeholder-driven process to alleviate burdensome truck traffic in residential areas and improve quality of life for residents.

“For years, residents have raised concerns about heavy truck traffic on local roads, and they are looking for leadership to address this important quality of life concern,” Olszewski said. “By bringing together community members, county staff, and representatives from the commercial transportation industry, we can begin a thoughtful and collaborative process to make meaningful changes to our neighborhoods.”

During the 2020 legislative session, the Olszewski Administration successfully advocated for legislation from the Maryland General Assembly to enable Baltimore County to implement a vehicle height monitoring system program to address the high volume of commercial truck traffic on local roads in southeastern and southwestern Baltimore County. In accordance with the state legislation, the County must first convene a work group, with representatives from the commercial transportation industry, to study the program and make recommendations prior to implementing.

The work group will evaluate existing truck routes; identify areas for enforcement; and evaluate existing signage and identify locations where signage could be improved.

As the program must limit the number of vehicle height monitoring systems, the work group will suggest limits on the number of cameras. The work group will also make recommendations on whether any specific types of vehicles that should be excluded from the enforcement of height restrictions.

The Baltimore County Residential Truck Traffic Work Group will submit a preliminary report by March 31, 2021, and a final report by August 31, 2021. The final report’s recommendations will inform legislation to go before the County Council.

Members

The work group’s membership includes community members, industry representatives, and County employees. D’Andrea Walker, Deputy Director of Transportation for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, will chair the work group. Members include:

  • D'Andrea Walker (Chair), Baltimore County Department of Public Works (DPW)
  • Jeff Fraley, Baltimore Industrial Group (BIG)
  • Louis Campion, Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA)
  • Major Jay Landsman, Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD)
  • Crystal Patterson, Baltimore County Office of Law
  • Pete Kriscumas, Baltimore County Office of Community Engagement (OCE)
  • Matt Carpenter, Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance (OBF)
  • John Merson, District 1 Representative
  • Ron Metzger, District 7 Representative

Upcoming Meeting

The first meeting of the Baltimore County Residential Truck Traffic Work Group is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A link to the Webex meeting is also provided on the work group’s webpage. Meeting minutes will be recorded from each meeting.


State Laws and Guidelines Will Continue To Be Strictly Enforced

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will continue alignment with state actions, which will allow operations at restaurants to increase from 50 to 75 percent capacity, with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association, effective Monday, September 21 at 5 p.m.

Governor Hogan’s Executive Order is available here (PDF).

According to State metrics, Baltimore County’s positivity rate is currently 2.3 percent—a reduction of 81 percent since May 29, 2020.

County Executive Olszewski released the following statement:

“Baltimore County continues to see progress in major health metrics as we have gradually and safely reopened our economy. While we are continuing to align with the state, we cannot let our guard down.

In Baltimore County, we’re focused on getting our kids back in school, which requires all of us to do our part to slow the spread of this virus. We have to Be Safe to Stay Safe by wearing face coverings and socially distancing—especially while indoors—to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

This dangerous disease is still with us and we must continue to follow public health guidance. We know that COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors than outdoors, so as we move forward today, we continue to urge residents to prioritize less risky activities in their support of restaurants, such as carry-out and outdoor dining.

In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to strictly enforce state and local ordinances—any businesses found to be violating face-covering or social distancing mandates will be held accountable.

As with every step we have taken, we will continue to monitor this situation and will do whatever is necessary to protect public health. We're still in this together and can only get through this together.”

Face Coverings Still Required

Under state and local order, individuals ages five and up are required to wear face coverings in any indoor business, service, organization or establishment that serves the general public.

This includes, but is not limited to, retail establishments, recreational establishments, theaters, houses of worship and other locations open to the public.

Individuals ages five and up are required to wear face coverings when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household.

Individuals are not required to wear a mask if eating or drinking while seated. In accordance with Governor Hogan’s orders, face coverings are still required when otherwise moving in or about a restaurant or bar premises.


Grants Support Arts, Humanities and Cultural Organizations Serving County Residents

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today that applications are now open for Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Grants to support not-for-profit organizations that offer visual and performing arts, science and humanities programs.

Organizations both in and near Baltimore County may apply for grants, as long as they serve Baltimore County’s residents.

“Baltimore County arts and cultural assets enrich our lives, support our economy, and improve quality of life in our communities,” said Olszewski. “We’re proud to provide these grants to better connect our residents with diverse arts and cultural opportunities here in Baltimore County and throughout our region.”

Application and Informational Workshops

The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences operating grant applications are available on the County website and the deadline for applying is Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Grants are awarded based on artistic and educational merit, service to Baltimore County, the region and community, impact on diverse cultural needs of the community, management effectiveness, financial stability, and the extent of outreach to involve new audiences, special constituencies and underserved populations. It is the Commission’s policy not to be the sole source of funding for any grantee.

The Commission is hosting informational workshops for potential applicants via Webex on September 17 and September 29 at 3:30 p.m.

Those interested in participating in a workshop must email Arts and Sciences Coordinator, Helene Luce at hluce@baltimorecountymd.gov, at least 24 hours ahead of the session to receive the Webex link information.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017