Local lawmakers spend time in ‘ice house’ to raise funds on The Avenue [PHOTOS]

Fuel Fund IceSome local politicians decided to “chill out” on The Avenue at White Marsh on Monday.

The Fuel Fund of MD teamed up with Casey Connor of Ice Lab to build an “ice house” to raise awareness for the critical importance of home heating during the cold winter months.

On Monday, Senator Kathy Klausmeier, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, Councilman David Marks, and Delegate Christian Miele each spent 30 minutes inside the “ice house” to raise funds and awareness for the campaign.

In addition, The Avenue will donate $1 to the cause for each photo shared on social media using the hashtag #operationHON2018.

Fuel Fund of MD Ice Fundraiser The Avenue

Henn, Marks: Proposed FY 2019 budget funds planning for 2 new high schools

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Board of Education member Julie Henn and Councilman David Marks announced on Wednesday that the school system’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget will include $15 million to plan for a new Towson High School and a second high school in central or northeastern Baltimore County.

“I thank Interim Superintendent Verletta White and my School Board colleagues for recognizing the importance of addressing the capital needs at Towson High School,” Henn commented. “At the same time, I am optimistic that the recommendations of the high school enrollment study will advance progress on the long-term needs of places like Carney, Perry Hall, and White Marsh.”

Councilman Marks has contacted the Board about ensuring that planning for the Towson High School more fully engages the community.

“The Towson High School campus is one of the smallest and most environmentally-constrained in central Baltimore County,” Marks said. “Not only does the building have historical characteristics, but the Herring Run to the east provides both challenges and opportunities. The watershed is deteriorating and many of the bridges are old, but if improvements are timed with the reconstruction of Towson High School, we could really transform this entire area in a positive way.”

An assessment of high school capacity needs is expected to be finished in September 2018.

An analysis of the Towson High School site is expected to be done by April 2018, with selection of an architect in May 2018 and initiation of design in November 2018.​

Water main break reported in Nottingham

Water Main BreakCrews are responding to the scene of a Sunday morning water main break in the Nottingham/Fullerton area.

Councilman David Marks reported that a ten-inch water main had ruptured in the 4100 block of Putty Hill Avenue (21236).

Sixty customers and four fire hydrants are currently without service.

There has been no ETA on repairs.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Fullerton Plaza renovations on track for spring 2018 completion

fullerton-plazaBaltimore County Councilman David Marks reported Thursday on the progress of the Fullerton Plaza renovations, announcing that the Weis Market and fuel facility are on track to open in the spring of 2018.

Facade improvements throughout the rest of the shopping center will be complete by March.

Weis will occupy the area that was formerly a K-Mart store. The supermarket will have features not found in other Weis locations, including a 1,000-item produce department, a deli and café, an in-store sushi counter, and a full-service pharmacy.

In addition to facade improvements, landscaping will be added throughout the parking area.

Built in the 1970s, the shopping center is located at the Baltimore Beltway and Belair Road.

“When I met with community leaders from the South Perry Hall and Rossville areas, they were enthusiastic about the thought of renovating this aging shopping center,” Councilman Marks commented. “I would like to thank Kimco Realty for keeping me informed, and also want to again salute the improvements they did to protect the Stemmers Run stream behind the shopping center.”