Councilman Marks, volunteers restore Ramblebrook sign in Perry Hall

Ramblebrook SignOn Friday, Baltimore County Fifth District Councilman David Marks organized a group of volunteers to restore the Ramblebrook community sign, which had deteriorated due to weather over the course of more than two decades.

Ramblebrook, one of the oldest communities in Perry Hall, no longer has a homeowners association.

“I would like to thank Neal Houk and Bradley and Zachary Lang for their help with this project. They did a terrific job,” Councilman Marks said.

“My job as a Councilman is often to find ways to improve the community when neighborhood associations and the government cannot.”​

Source of loud booms in Seven Courts area of Perry Hall identified

perry-hallA recent, local mystery has been solved.

In recent weeks, Fifth District Councilman David Marks says that his office has been receiving complaints from residents in the northern Seven Courts area about loud booms late at night and early in the morning.

The Baltimore County Police Department identified the source of the mysterious noises on Friday morning.

Authorities say a local farmer has been using a crop cannon to ward of unwanted deer in the area.

After some discussion, the farmer has agreed to use the cannon at more appropriate hours.

Kingsville VFC breaks ground on new station

Kingsville VFC GroundbreakingGround has been broken.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined President Bob Chaney, Councilman David Marks, Captain Don Coster, Fire Chief Kyrle Preis, members of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company (KVFC), state and federal representatives, and community members to break ground Tuesday on the $2.9 million renovation and expansion of Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Baltimore County has committed to supporting the Kingsville VFC with a contribution of $2.5 million. The project will give KVFC extra engine bays, updated kitchen facilities, bunk rooms and locker rooms. The last capital improvements to the station were made in 1985.

The Kingsville VFC was established in 1954 and ran its operations out of a founding member’s barn, located on Goetner Road. In 1956, the existing fire station was built by founding members and neighbors of the community. The company has more than 150 members and is one of the best-performing volunteer companies in Baltimore County.

The KVFC operates two fire engines, one Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance/medic unit, one Heavy Rescue Squad, one large-capacity tanker, one Swiftwater Rescue Team and two support utility vehicles.

Kingsville VFC to break ground on station reconstruction

Kingsville VFCThe Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company plans to break ground on a $4 million reconstruction of its fire station on Tuesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at 11601 Bellvue Avenue.

In advance of the groundbreaking, Councilman David Marks thanked the firefighters, company leadership, residents, and other elected officials for their support of this project.

“Over the past three years, our office has worked to advance two major projects in Kingsville–the air conditioning at the elementary school and reconstruction of this fire station.  I am delighted that the first project is almost done and we are breaking ground on the second, an essential initiative for the Kingsville community.
“The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company attends to over 1,700 calls every year.  Its volunteers not only respond to fires and medical emergencies, but those trapped in swiftwater.  The fire station needs improvements to deal with the growing number of calls in an area that includes much of northeastern Baltimore and southwestern Harford Counties.
“Many people worked to make this day possible, especially the fire station leadership, its members, and residents of Kingsville and surrounding communities like Fork, Perry Hall, and Fallston.  In addition to Baltimore County, I would like to thank our state legislators and Governor Hogan for their support.  Nearly $400,000 was pledged from the state.  I encourage residents who have not contributed to make a donation at​.”