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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.


By Gerald Chambers, Baltimore County Department of Public Works

This holiday season, grease is definitely not the word in the kitchen.

Fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) poured into kitchen sinks can back up the County’s sewage system. Whether you’re the holiday cook or preparing meals in a restaurant, you can help prevent health and safety problems. 

The primary F.O.G. sources are everyday foods such as cooking oil, sauces, butter, and shortening. These ingredients make their way into the sewage collection system through kitchen drains. Once inside the system, fats, oils and grease will cool, harden and begin to coat the inside of the sewer pipes. Over time, F.O.G. buildup will clog pipes, restrict the flow of wastewater and result in sewage overflows and/or basement backups. These overflows result in raw sewage overflowing into our streets, parks and homes, exposing the public to harmful disease-causing micro-organisms. In cases of backups on private property, the property owner is often responsible for the cleanup costs.

Here’s how to “Cease the Grease.”

  • Never pour F.O.G. into your sink. Instead, put F.O.G. into a small can and store in the freezer until full. When it’s full, throw the can into the trash.
  • When there is F.O.G. residue in a pan or on a dish, wipe it with a paper towel before washing and throw the towel in the trash.
  • Place a strainer in the kitchen sink drain to catch food scraps and other solids, then empty the strainer into the trash.

These few simple changes every day can help keep our systems flowing all year long.

Baltimore County’s “Cease the Grease” program was created to help prevent sewage overflows and basement backups resulting from fats, oils and grease. For residential customers, Baltimore County is implementing a public education program consisting of educational outreach, informational F.O.G. flyers and a page on the County’s website. For commercial food service establishments, the County enforces F.O.G. requirements under the Food Service Facility Regulations.

For more information, call 410-887-1836 or e-mail utilities@baltimorecountymd.gov.


Officials Advise Residents to Plan for Possible Flooding and Power Outages


Although the current track of Hurricane Florence appears to be headed far south of our area, Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler and his top public safety and public health team gathered at Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Rescue and Marine this morning to advise residents to stay alert to possible changes and prepare in case of localized coastal and inland flooding or power outages from downed trees. The storm is expected to stall and produce heavy rains, which could lead to some inland and coastal flooding throughout the south and possibly in the Mid-Atlantic region.

“The Memorial Day weekend flooding in Catonsville, Ellicott City, Oella and Turner Station was an unwelcome reminder of our vulnerability, and that it doesn’t take a direct hit from a hurricane to ruin homes and businesses and cause prolonged power outages and possible loss of life,” Mohler said.

Mohler reminded residents to watch the County’s social media channels for storm-related updates. “Providing accurate, timely information to our citizens during an emergency is a top priority for us,” he said. “During storms and other emergencies, we push out frequent updates via Twitter @BaltCoemergency and on our Baltimore County Fire Department Facebook page.” Baltimore County emergency managers will continue to receive regular updates throughout this weather event and will provide updates on social media as needed.

“Living in eastern Baltimore County and along the waterfront myself, I am particularly grateful to all of our career and volunteer fire service, police officers and public works staff who stand ready to jump into action if necessary to protect people if this storm should cause problems,” said 6th District County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.

Fire and Public Works Crews are Prepared and Ready to Respond

The Baltimore County Fire Department and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management continue monitoring the storm and preparing to respond as needed. These preparations include:

  • Inspecting swiftwater and high-water rescue equipment; pumps and other apparatus.
  • Reviewing staffing and operational plans.
  • Preparing to open and staff the Emergency Operations Center, in case this becomes an emergency requiring a coordinated, multi-agency response.
  • Contacting our mutual aid partners in case we need additional resources.
  • Regular updates with National Weather Service regarding the forecast.

The Baltimore County Department of Public Works (DPW) has placed special emphasis this week on checking their equipment and clearing storm drain inlets to help reduce flooding potential. DPW warns that the saturated ground from recent rainy weather means that trees can be vulnerable to toppling from lighter winds than usual. County tree crews and contractors are ready to clear trees that may fall into roadways and the public right of way.

DPW asks residents to help by reporting any problems that may occur including blocked inlets and downed trees to the Bureau of Highways using the BaltCoGo mobile app. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores. Residents may also call the Bureau of Highways at 410-887-3560.

Flooded basement issues can be reported to 911, so they can be evaluated for fire risks on a case by case basis. The County asks homeowners take steps to prevent problems, or reduce their impact, by clearing downspouts and basement stairwells.

Preparation is Key for Residents

Every household should prepare for this and other possible weather emergencies, considering how thay will manage if the power goes out for an extended period. Steps to take now:

  • Locate and purchase supplies. You need non-perishable food, a manual can opener, medications, supplies for infants and vulnerable adults, pet supplies, flashlights/batteries and a battery-powered radio.
  • Buy or store extra water -- at least a gallon per person, per day, plus extra for pets.
  • Fully charge all your electric devices. If power goes out, use them sparingly to make them last as long as possible.
  • Get cash. ATMs will not work during a power outage.
  • Secure boats and outdoor furniture.
  • Plan where you will evacuate if you live in a flood-prone area and need to move to higher ground.
  • Assist vulnerable family and neighbors with storm preparations. This is critical; many vulnerable people, including older people cannot prepare by themselves.
  • Stay informed about the track of this storm. Follow weather forecasts and our social media posts, @BaltCoEmergency on Twitter and @BaltCoFire on Facebook.

 
 
Revised September 11, 2017