Rezoning meeting to be held at Perry Hall High School

A public meeting on proposed rezoning in northeastern Baltimore County will be held at Perry Hall High School later this month.

Every four years, the Baltimore County Council can rezone land, allowing for anything from agricultural use to major redevelopment.

County Councilman David Marks has initiated a sweeping review of zoning in the Fifth District.

On Facebook, Marks writes:

I am very concerned about school overcrowding, including at places like Perry Hall Middle School. Right now, hundreds of homes can still be built in the area served by Perry Hall Middle School, which already has 1,746 students and is expected to exceed its state-rated capacity by 200 students next year.

I also want to protect sensitive land along places like Cromwell Bridge Road, the ridge line in West Towson, Charles Street, and other undeveloped areas of the Fifth District. Many of our changes apply the Neighborhood Commons designation, which essentially creates open space zoning.

The public rezoning meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at Perry Hall High School, with sign-in at 5 p.m.

 Perry Hall Rezoning 

PHIA Bunny Breakfast returns 3-19-2016

The Perry Hall Improvement Association Bunny Breakfast is back. 

The annual Easter tradition will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Gunpowder Lodge.

Attendees will be able to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 to 10:30am.

The event will include a breakfast buffet, craft activities for kids and egg hunts.

The Bunny Breakfast is free to current PHIA members, and you can join the day of the event. The event is also open to teachers, police officers and firefighters/paramedics who work in the Perry Hall area. 

The Gunpowder Lodge is located at 10092 Belair Road in Kingsville. 

 PHIA Bunny Breakfast 

20K packs of untaxed cigarettes seized along I-95

 Ammar M. Shamakh The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have arrested a North Carolina man who had more than 20,000 packs of untaxed cigarettes with a retail value of over $133,000 in his car.

“I’d like to thank the Maryland Transportation Authority Police for this arrest. They continue to be a great partner in Maryland’s ongoing efforts to combat illegal cigarette smuggling,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. “This type of large-scale cigarette smuggling hurts law-abiding retailers, makes it easier for kids and teenagers to get cigarettes, and deprives the State of vital revenues.”

On Saturday, an MDTA Police officer stopped Ammar M. Shamakh, 32, of Pikeville, N.C., along northbound I-95 prior to Exit 64 (I-695). Shamakh was exceeding the posted speed limit. After a brief roadside stop, the officers found the cigarettes throughout the vehicle’s interior.

“Another amazing job by an MDTA Police Officer in our continuing efforts to work with allied law enforcement agencies,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

Shamakh was traveling from North Carolina to New Jersey and was taken into custody without incident. The total tax loss for the State of Maryland was $41,340.

An agent charged Shamakh with transporting cigarettes within Maryland without the tobacco tax being paid and unlawfully possessing more than 30 cartons of unstamped cigarettes. In addition, the MDTA Police charged Shamakh with exceeding the maximum posted speed limit (72 mph in a 55 mph zone).

After processing, Shamakh appeared before a District Court Commissioner where a $75,000 bail was set.

 Illegal Cigarettes 

Bradshaw Road property owner fined $42K

A property owner along Bradshaw Road in Kingsville has been fined, according to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks

The property located at 7753 Bradshaw Road had deteriorated greatly in recent months, according to before and after photos Marks posted on Facebook last month (below).

On Wednesday, Marks posted that an administrative law judge had fined the property owner $42,500.

From the original Facebook post:

If you live in Kingsville or attend St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, you are probably familiar with 7753 Bradshaw Road. I am attaching “before” and “after” pictures. The property is not only out of compliance, but criminal charges were filed after an incident in which an inspector was allegedly threatened by gunpoint. Our office will continue to work with the Greater Kingsville Civic Association, and hopefully this property can be returned to a better state.

 7753 Bradshaw Road Before 
 7753 Bradshaw Road After