Baltimore County offices and facilities closed for Memorial Day holiday

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, May 29 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday.  Health Department clinics, Animal Services and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 and parking meters are free on the holiday.

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on May 29; Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, May 29 should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, May 30.  Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, May 29 are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, June 5).

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Memorial Day.  If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed onMonday, May 29.  Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.  County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.

For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.

Construction set to begin on Pinedale Drive stream restoration

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Thursday that construction will begin on June 1st on a project to improve the tributary of the Lower Gunpowder River between Pinedale Drive and Klausmier Roads.

Contractors hired by Baltimore County will restore approximately 2,500 linear feet of degraded stream using Natural Design Techniques.

“Over the past two decades, Baltimore County has focused on repairing streams that were damaged by earlier development,” Councilman Marks said. “The county improved Jennifer Run in Carney, and I am pleased that improvements are now underway in central Perry Hall.”

The project is expected to cost $350,000 for design and $1.2 million for construction.

Councilman Marks blocks development at busy Rossville intersection

Route 1At a meeting on May 1, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks offered an amendment to the Basic Services Maps that would block a supermarket from being built at the intersection of Belair Road and White Marsh Boulevard.

The amendment changed the intersection from a “D” to a failing “F” intersection rating, preventing any permits from being issued.

“I made this change after reviewing the ratings issued by the Maryland State Highway Administration, which by the state’s calculation show the traffic to be worse,” Councilman Marks said. “The state rates this area as having a ‘D’ rating in the morning and an ‘E’ rating in the evening. I have grave concerns about allowing this project to move forward here, an opinion shared by many residents of the Dunfield and Belmont communities.”

Councilman Marks also noted that there are at least four supermarkets within two miles of this intersection.

County Council expected to pass legislation to spur new tenant at former Mars Supermarket location

Mars Supermarket Belair RoadAt its meeting on Monday, the Baltimore County Council is expected to pass legislation that modifies the boundaries of the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district to include the former Mars supermarket site.

The store was formerly located at the corner of Belair Road and Silver Spring Road.

This designation should help better market the site, according to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks.

Baltimore County’s commercial revitalization program provides tax incentives and technical assistance to property owners in distressed areas.

“Our office sponsored the original legislation creating the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district in 2011,” said Councilman Marks. “Since that time, the occupancy rate at the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center has climbed from about 60 percent to more than 90 percent.”