Mount Vista task force recommends regional park with community-friendly uses

Baltimore CountyA task force appointed by Councilman David Marks has recommended consolidating several parcels along Raphel Road to create a new Kingsville Regional Park.

In the summer of 2017, Councilman Marks assembled a task force to recommend uses for the former Mount Vista Park property in Kingsville. The task force was chaired by local resident Bill Paulshock and included leaders from area recreation councils and civic organizations. After several meetings, the task force has endorsed the following recommendations.

The Rutkowski Farm (owned by the Maryland Transportation Authority) should be transferred to Baltimore County in exchange for the Schmidt property, presently owned by the county. The Rutkowski Farm and Mount Vista Park would become one regional recreation area.

The westernmost area of this regional recreation area would have passive uses, such as trails and picnic pavilions, as well as a small playground. The easternmost area would have more active uses so that traffic and any noise is focused on the part of the park with fewer residential neighbors. It is recommended that two restrooms service the recreation area, spread appropriately throughout the park.

It is recommended that four large fields (110’ x 65’ feet) and four short fields (80’ x 50’) serve the easternmost area, and that at least one of the large fields have artificial turf. Ground should also be reserved in this area for a future indoor recreation facility. The facility will have dawn-to-dusk hours and none of the fields will be lighted.

The task force is opposing any extension of public water/sewer to this area. It is recommended that this area be renamed “Kingsville Regional Park” and that the current Kingsville Park be renamed “Franklinville Park.”

“We would like a transfer to occur as soon as possible, but if that cannot happen, we want to provide a blueprint for this property for the next County Executive,” Councilman Marks commented.

Over the past seven years, Councilman Marks has worked to open four new parks in Perry Hall and to renovate the current park on Franklinville Road.

Bill Paulshock, the chairman of the task force, thanked the members for their hard work. “We have developed a consensus that will advance the idea of a regional park with community-friendly uses,” Paulshock said.

Both Marks and Paulshock noted that the park concept will need to be done in stages due to cost.

North Carolina murder suspects arrested in Rosedale

NC Murder SuspectsTwo murder suspects from North Carolina are now in police custody.

On Thursday, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested two individuals from North Carolina who were wanted for murder and who had two firearms in their possession.

An MDTA Police officer stopped 23-year-old Rose Angelica Shultz on northbound Interstate 95 at Exit 64 in Rosedale for an equipment violation on a 2011 Dodge Avenger.

During the traffic stop, the officers were advised that the vehicle stopped was connected to a homicide in Catawba, NC. The passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old James Vincent Rinkines, was wanted for murder by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

Rinkines and Schultz were taken into custody without incident.

During a search of the vehicle, MDTA Police recovered one loaded handgun, one loaded assault rifle, and three loaded handgun magazines.

The MDTA Police charged both Rinkines and Schultz with possession of a handgun in vehicle, possession of handgun on person, possession of an assault weapon, and illegally possessing a firearm.

After Schultz’s arrest, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for accessory after-the-fact and for helping Rinkines escape arrest.

After processing, Rinkines and Schultz were transported to the Baltimore County Court Commissioner.

Both are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Work to result in temporary overnight closures of highway ramps in NE Baltimore

I-95The roadwork continues this week in northeastern Baltimore County.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says that the ramps from northbound Interstate 95 and southbound I-95 to I-695 East (Inner Loop) will be closed overnight.

The detour will direct motorists to I-695 West (Outer Loop), to southbound US 1 (Exit 32A/Belair Road), to I-695 East (Inner Loop).

The ramp from I-695 East (Inner Loop) to MD 7 (Exit 34, Philadelphia Road) will be closed overnight. The detour will direct motorists to eastbound US 40 (Exit 35B), to I-695 West (Outer Loop), to MD 7 (Exit 34, Philadelphia Road).

The ramps from I-695 West (Outer Loop) to I-95 (Exit 33) will be closed overnight. The detour will direct motorists to southbound US 1 (Exit 32A/ Bel Air Road), to I-695 East (Inner Loop), to I-95 (Exit 33).

Weather permitting, the ramps from I-95 to I-695 East (Inner Loop) and the ramp from I-695 East (Inner Loop) to MD 7 (Exit 34, Philadelphia Road) will be closed Monday, July 31, through Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

Weather permitting, the ramps from I-695 West (Outer Loop) to I-95 will be closed Thursday, Aug. 3, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

Crews will be paving as part of the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) I-95 Improvement Project with Express Toll Lanes (ETL). The project at the I-95/I-695 interchange will reconstruct and realign I-695 from US 1 to MD 7 (Philadelphia Road).

SHA improves pedestrian and driver safety along Route 40 in Rosedale

Rosedale MDJuly 20, 2017 – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is activating a new traffic signal on US 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Batavia Farms Road this week as part of a $5 million project to enhance pedestrian and driver safety on one of Baltimore County’s busiest highways.

Approximately 38,000 vehicles per day travel the four-lane section of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane in Rosedale.  In recent years, this segment of Pulaski Highway has experienced a high rate of crashes – nearly seven times that of similar roadways.

MDOT SHA installed the new traffic signal at Batavia Farms Road in tandem with construction of safety upgrades including new sidewalks on both sides of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane. The improvements included closing the crossing at Lawrence / Lorraine Avenue in May.

“Just trying to walk from point A to B was a challenge in this corridor, which had a high rate of crashes,” said engineer Wendy Wolcott. “Engineers observed pedestrians crossing mid-block with no place to stop if vehicles were turning in and out of businesses. The new design provides sidewalks, a crosswalk and a signal that stops traffic so people can safely cross the road.”

MDOT SHA last resurfaced this one-half mile section of Pulaski Highway in 2000. The safety enhancement project was funded for construction in spring 2015 and the project started late fall 2015.

The project includes construction of the new 5-foot sidewalk in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, curbs, gutters and driveway aprons along US 40; resurfacing and widening the pavement; replacing and repairing traffic barrier end treatments; traffic signal system upgrades; roadway drainage system enhancements; and installation of new reflective roadway signs and pavement markings.

Weather permitting, crews will complete the remainder of the project late summer.