Developer drops plans for Joppa Road child care center

News AlertThe developer of a planned child care center has backed off of the proposal.

Councilman David Marks, who strongly opposed the plan, released the following statement on Wednesday morning:

“I have just been informed that the developer of the proposed day care center at Joppa Road and Kahl Avenue has dropped plans for the project. There will be no hearing on September 25th (2019-0025-XA).

“I would like to thank all those who expressed their opinion about this proposal. I agreed that this was an inappropriate location, and I have encouraged the developer to look elsewhere.


“The zoning here is DR 1H, or one house per acre, which is as low as allowed for residential development. I initiated the downzoning here in 2016.”

The proposal, submitted on behalf of Joppa Road Daycare LLC, included 56 parking spaces , with 24-foot entrances off of Kahl Avenue and Joppa Road.

Twelve schools win Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBaltimore County is a little bit cleaner and greener thanks to the efforts of school children and community members who participated in this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.

County Executive Don Mohler, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Verletta White, and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced on Tuesday morning that twelve Baltimore County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in thousands of volunteers participating in more than three hundred litter clean-ups around the county over the past year.

“We are just delighted with the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten to this program from our students, teachers and groups in the community who take pride in helping to clean up our neighborhoods and keep litter out of our waterways and the environment,” Mohler said.

“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is an effective, real-world way for our students to learn about the environment as they demonstrate pride in their schools and communities,” said BCPS Superintendent Verletta White.

“The Clean Green 15 challenge is a great, hands-on way for students and community members to get involved and make a difference by putting litter in its place,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Clean Green 15 Results:

Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools

The 2018 program resulted in 338 clean-ups conducted by 5,057 volunteers who picked up 3,471 bags of litter and debris. This is a 29% increase in volunteers over last year!

In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, stream banks, schoolyards and other locations around Baltimore County. Clean-ups included schoolchildren as well as community-based volunteer activity.

Through the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy.  Examples could include installing a reading garden or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts, or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received technology prizes.

Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge 

Winning Schools—2018

Grand Prize—Volunteers$3,000 grantReisterstown Elementary School
Grand Prize—Weight$3,000 grantGeneral John Stricker Middle School
Elementary Schools Prize$1,500 grantChesapeake Terrace Elementary School
Middle Schools Prize$1,500 grantParkville Middle School and Center for Technology
High Schools Prize$1,500 grantDulaney High School
Special Schools Prize$1,500 grantBattle Monument School
Honorable MentioniPadBear Creek Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadEdgemere Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadLansdowne High School
Honorable MentioniPadMilbrook Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadPerry Hall Middle School
Honorable MentioniPadStoneleigh Elementary School

2018 Sponsors:

BGE, Comcast, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Hogan Administration announces $12 million in highway safety grants

I-95As part of ongoing efforts to prevent traffic crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that $12 million in federal highway safety funds will be granted to approximately 90 agencies and organizations across the state with the goal of reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths.

“The safety of our citizens and visitors is a responsibility we take extremely seriously, and our administration will continue to make investments to make our roadways safer,” said Governor Hogan. “This funding continues our commitment to address traffic safety challenges and get unsafe, impaired, and distracted drivers off the road.”

In 2017, there were 557 deaths as a result of traffic crashes in Maryland. The funds distributed through the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office will help fund the following traffic-safety efforts:

  • Increasing the use of seat belts in all seating positions;
  • Preventing impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving;
  • Increasing the safety of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists;
  • Promoting the correct use of child passenger safety seats;
  • Funding overtime enforcement of Maryland’s traffic laws;
  • Supporting police training for highway safety and traffic enforcement; and
  • Increasing capability and efficiency of Maryland’s traffic data systems.

Maryland’s five-year Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) guides the funding of traffic safety-related projects and will be used by state and local agencies and non-profit groups to address the strategies set forth in the plan for meeting the Toward Zero Deaths goal of cutting the number of deaths on Maryland roads in half by 2030.

The state is also working with various Maryland jurisdictions to develop local SHSPs that address community-specific traffic issues and complement the broader plan.

“The only acceptable goal is to reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities to zero,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

Secretary Rahn also recently announced MDOT’s Traffic Safety Pledge which encourages Maryland drivers to pledge to: always wear their seatbelt; have a safe and sober ride; park the phone before driving; use crosswalks and be seen while walking or biking; look for pedestrians and motorcyclists and give bicyclists three feet of clearance; wear proper protective gear while riding a motorcycle; and give themselves time. Speed is a factor in many crashes and greatly increases the severity.

The federal grant awards can only be used for traffic safety activities and are allocated based on crash data for each county and/or organization that applied for funding. Funds can only be spent during Federal Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019). A breakdown of the amounts granted across the state:

AgencyTotal Grant Amount
Aberdeen Police Department$11,000.00
Allegany County Sheriff’s Office$8,000.00
Americans for Older Driver Safety$6,220.00
Annapolis Police Department$25,000.00
Anne Arundel County Police Department$105,000.00
Baltimore City Police Department$94,000.00
Baltimore County Health Department$6,750.00
Baltimore County Police Department$334,431.00
Baltimore Metropolitan Council$471,500.00
Bel Air Police Department$11,000.00
Berlin Police Department$4,500.00
Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse$5,100.00
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office$25,000.00
Cambridge Police Department$6,978.00
Caroline County Sheriff’s Office$12,000.00
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office$25,000.00
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office$23,000.00
Charles County Sheriff’s Office$92,000.00
Chesapeake Regional Safety Council$300,839.00
Cheverly Police Department$6,000.00
City of Bowie Police Department$4,000.00
City of Hyattsville Police Department$6,000.00
Cumberland Police Department$3,000.00
Denton Police Department$3,960.00
Easton Police Department$18,000.00
Elkton Police Department$8,000.00
Frederick Bicycle Coalition$3,700.00
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office$2,000.00
Frederick Police Department$40,000.00
Frostburg State University Police Department$2,000.00
Fruitland Police Department$4,000.00
Gaithersburg Police Department$25,000.00
Garrett County Commissioners Office$6,000.00
Governor’s Highway Safety Association$98,773.30
Greenbelt Police Department$31,000.00
Hagerstown Police Department$14,000.00
Hampstead Police Department$4,000.00
Hancock Police Department$1,000.00
Harford County Sheriff’s Office$73,000.00
Havre de Grace Police Department$4,000.00
Howard Co Police Department$76,000.00
Kent County Sheriff’s Office$9,945.00
La Plata Police Department$10,000.00
Laurel Police Department$27,000.00
Maryland Chiefs of Police Association$132,710.00
Maryland Department of Health$258,255.39
Maryland Institute College of Art$43,512.00
Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems$99,938.85
Maryland Judiciary – DUI Courts$66,399
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration$16,952.70
Maryland Municipal League$4,500.00
Maryland Sheriff’s Association$17,710.00
Maryland State Police – Drug Recognition Expert Program$129,150.80
Maryland State Police – mobile Breath Testing Vehicle$36,600.00
Maryland State Police – SPIDRE DUI Team$782,450.28
Maryland State Police – Statewide Enforcement$796,110.52
Maryland State’s Attorneys Association$192,315.20
Maryland Transportation Authority Police$151,000.00
Montgomery County Police Department$228,500.00
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office$7,500.00
Morgan State University$54,360.00
Mt. Airy Police Department$2,000.00
Ocean City Police Department$30,019.00
Ocean Pines Police Department$2,000.00
Partners In Care$26,019.93
Pocomoke City Police Department$4,499.75
Prince George’s Co Police Department$252,400.00
Prince George’s County Police Department$32,000.00
Princess Anne Police Department$7,494.85
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office$9,000.00
Riverdale Park Police Department$9,000.00
Rockville Police Department$25,000.00
Salisbury Police Department$18,500.00
Somerset County Sheriff’s Office$3,000.00
St. Mary’s County DUI Court$21,194.80
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office$42,500.00
Statewide Traffic Safety Initiatives$4,681,660.78
Sykesville Freedom Police Department$6,860.00
Sykesville Police Department$4,000.00
Talbot County Sheriff’s Office$4,000.00
Taneytown Police Department$4,000.00
University of Baltimore Police Department$6,000.00
University of Maryland College Park Police Department$14,000.00
University of Maryland National Studies Center$523,805.78
Washington College$503,321.49
Washington Council of Governments$250,000.00
Washington County Sheriff’s Office$39,000.00
Washington Regional Alcohol Program$382,918.40
Westminster Police Department$6,000.00
Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office$8,000.00
Worcester County Health Department$3,589.30
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office$1,999.50
Wor-Wic Community College$9,612.00

Water main break leaves Overlea High School without service

Water Main BreakA major water main break is affecting the Overlea area on Tuesday morning.

The Department of Public Works reports that a twelve-inch main has ruptured at Overlea High School in the 5400-block of Kenwood Avenue.

Eighty residents, nine fire hydrants, and the high school are all without water at this hour.

The roadway in front of Overlea High School has been closed. The high school itself will also be closed on Tuesday.

Motorists should use an alternate route.

Councilman Marks, volunteers organize 2018 Indian Rock Park cleanup

On Saturday, September 15, volunteers cleaned up Perry Hall’s Indian Rock Park, picking up copious amounts of garbage.

Councilman David Marks organized the third such clean-up of the park, which stretches between Silver Spring Road and Ebenezer Road west of Perry Hall High School.

This year, boost in support was provided by FC USA Soccer who provided several volunteers for the project.

“This is the third cleanup organized by our office,” said Councilman Marks. “The good news is that there is far less trash than ever before.”