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.

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Naming process for new northeast Baltimore County elementary school begins

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBeginning Monday, Baltimore County Public Schools invites the public to submit names for the new elementary school under construction near the intersection of Joppa Road and Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall.

Nominations begin Monday, October 16, 2017, and will close on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 4:45 p.m. The public is invited to use the online form to submit names. Nominations are open to all citizens, including BCPS staff, students, parents, and community members. Citizens may submit more than one name.

“Perry Hall is known for its pride, strong families, and amazing schools,” said Charlene Behnke, principal of the new school. “We are excited to offer our community another great place to learn. I’m anxious to hear from everyone as we select the perfect name for this school.”

After the nomination period concludes, two top choices will be submitted to the Superintendent of Baltimore County schools for review and compliance with policy. Final considerations will be submitted by the Superintendent for recommendation to the Board of Education.

All submissions must meet school system criteria to be eligible for consideration. For example, the Board of Education may name a school after:

• A community, subdivision or street on which the school is located
• The geographic location of the school
• A significant and distinguishable landmark, which can assist in locating the general area of the school
• A deceased, prominent person who has made an outstanding contribution of service to Baltimore County, the State of Maryland, or to the United States.

Full criteria are contained in Baltimore County Board of Education Policy and Rule 7520 regarding the naming of a new school.

The new elementary school will open to students in September 2018. The new school sits in the heart of Perry Hall on Joppa Road. Perry Hall’s history dates back to the 1700s with several prominent families responsible for its founding and growth over hundreds of years. The Honeygo Run, a local stream, flows adjacent to the school site and extends toward White Marsh Mall.

Residents can participate in the survey by clicking here.

Gas leak shuts down E. Joppa Road

Gas LeakFor the second time this week, a gas leak has occurred along Joppa Road.

At about 11:45 a.m. on Friday, crews reported that a gas line had been struck in the 3700 block of E. Joppa Road in Carney/Perry Hall.

Joppa Road has been shut down in both directions while utility workers attempt to stop the leak.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Earlier this week, a gas leak occurred along Joppa Road near the Perring Plaza shopping center.

Large gas leak reported along E. Joppa Road

Gas LeakCrews are on the scene of a Tuesday morning gas leak in the Parkville/Carney area.

At about 11 a.m., crews reported a large gas leak in the area of 1961 E. Joppa Road (21234), at the Perring Plaza Shopping Center.

Nearby buildings are being evacuated and additional units have been summoned to the scene.  BGE crews en route to the shopping center.

No injuries have been reported thus far, according to Baltimore County officials.