Additional safety measures planned for Belair Road in Kingsville

KingsvilleThe Maryland State Highway Administration will install additional rumble strips along northbound and southbound Belair Road in Kingsville, Councilman David Marks announced on Thursday.

The rumble strips will be placed by the end of October in the 12300 block of Belair Road slightly north of the Sunshine Avenue intersection.

“I would like to thank the Maryland State Highway Administration for its help addressing the speeding along this part of Belair Road,” Councilman Marks commented.

“Rumble strips are often not feasible in residential communities due to the noise they create, but they can hopefully assist here in the Kingsville commercial district.”

Improvements underway at Perry Paw Dog Park

Perry Paw Dog ParkImprovements are underway at Perry Hall Dog Park to improve the grounds of both the small and large dog areas.

The Perry Paw Dog Park Committee, which is part of the Perry Hall Recreation Council, paid $3,630 to re-seed and prepare the soil. The committee also paid to plant a new oak tree in the large dog area. All work was done by Porter Landscaping.

Councilman David Marks worked with Lois Lorenz, the head of the Perry Paw Dog Park, to get the approvals for the improvements.

“I would like to thank this terrific volunteer committee for spearheading the improvements here, which are needed after more than three years of use,” said Councilman Marks.

Perry Paw Dog Park opened in the spring of 2014. It is one of four new parks that have opened in Perry Hall since 2010.

Councilman Marks announces start of work to improve major tributary in Carney

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Monday the start of work to improve a major tributary in Carney that leads to the White Marsh Run.

Starting next summer, Baltimore County will restore approximately 2,300 linear feet of degraded stream from the stormwater pond south of Concord Court to where Upton Road crosses the stream. Contractors will use natural channel design techniques to stabilize the channel, using materials such as logs and boulders. The project is designed to improve water quality, reduce erosion, stabilize stream banks, increase the quality of natural habitat, and protect public infrastructure.

Baltimore County has allocated $307,000 for design and engineering, with another $1.08 million from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources funded for construction.

“Over the past four years, I have heard complaints about stream erosion in this part of the Carney area, and I am pleased that the county and state have allocated funding to improve this tributary that leads to the White Marsh Run,” said Councilman Marks.

“I would like to thank the Hogan administration for supporting this project, which will improve an area where I have lived and owned a home since 2004,” added Delegate Joe Cluster.

The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 7 p.m. to discuss details of the project and answer any questions. The meeting will be held in the cafetorium of Carney Elementary School (3131 East Joppa Road).

For questions, contact Heather McGee or Joan Beam at 410-887-2904.

White Marsh Run

Baltimore County honors 7 local heroes

District 5 Hero 2017 Anna Norris
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Anna Norris, and Councilman David Marks

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz honored seven community leaders on Thursday in a “Neighborhood Heroes” awards program highlighting Baltimore County residents who are making unique and significant contributions in the community.

“These folks are our unsung heroes, truly impressive and folks who unselfishly devote their time and energies and expertise because they simply want to give back and keep our communities strong,” said Kamenetz.

Award winners, nominated by their neighbors and community partners, include:

Eric Addison – longtime resident of the Colonial Village neighborhood in Pikesville, who has mounted a one-man litter clean-up effort for the past ten years,

Kelly Carter – Reisterstown resident, Executive Director of the Liberty Road Business Association and active community volunteer,

Purnell Glenn – Miramar Landing Homeowners Association President and active environmental advocate and volunteer,

Anna Norris – Perry Hall grandmother, school puppeteer and founder of the Tender Loving Care Circle volunteers, who donate hand-made blankets and comfort items to children’s organizations,

Jay Patel – 20-year Greater Oella Community Association President, community volunteer and store owner.

Frank Regan – longtime Timonium community leader and former Baltimore County Library Board of Trustees member,

Jean Ann Walker – retired elementary school teacher, church volunteer and historian with the Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society