Education, Politics

Five Baltimore County Council members sign letter urging school board to consider replacing superintendent

TOWSON, MD—Five members of the Baltimore County Council have signed a letter urging the school board to replace Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams. In the letter, the councilmembers cite constant issues found in Baltimore County Public Schools such as transportation issues, school buses running late, and low student and teacher morale. The letter tp Baltimore County Board of Education Chair Julie …


Business, Politics

Baltimore County procurement reform commission issues recommendations for improving county policies

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County’s Blue Ribbon Procurement Commission this week issued its final report outlining recommendations for streamlining and improving the County’s procurement, purchasing, and contracting functions and outcomes. “My administration remains committed to providing every resident and business with top quality services—and that means reforming our County’s procurement, purchasing, and contracting processes to ensure we’re providing efficient, ethical, and responsible …


Baltimore County Council votes, along party lines, to extend state of emergency

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Council on Monday evening voted to extend the county’s state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4-3 vote, which followed party lines, extends the state of emergency by 35 days. County Executive Johnny Olszewski last week declared a local state of emergency to “expand Baltimore County’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Republican …

Olszewski announces 2021 series of virtual Baltimore County budget town hall meetings

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced his third annual series of town hall meetings to hear from constituents about their ideas and priorities. Seven virtual meetings, one for each County Council district, will provide a forum for public discussion focused on future budget priorities and ensure that community members have the opportunity to provide input into the …

County Executive Olszewski, Councilman Jones announce SMART Policing Act to modernize policing in Baltimore County

UPDATE: The Baltimore County Council has passed the SMART Policing Act. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, County Councilman Julian Jones, and other members of the Baltimore County Council on Tuesday announced the Strengthening Modernization, Accountability, Reform, and Transparency (SMART) Policing Act, a comprehensive package of initiatives to improve and modernize policing in Baltimore County while …

Councilman Marks introduces bill to look at Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks will introduce legislation to update the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, the statute designed to govern development in school districts. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Councilmembers Izzy Patoka and Wade Kach, would establish a task force to look at changes to the APFO. The task force would include representatives from the Board of Education, …

Amendments from Kach, Marks to limit State of Emergency, allow for in-person religious services fail to pass

PERRY HALL, MD—At Thursday morning’s meeting of the Baltimore County Council, Councilman David Marks and Councilman Wade Kach supported legislation to limit the State of Emergency to two weeks and restore religious services, with medical safeguards. Both amendments failed by a vote of 5 to 2. Only two of the three Republicans on the council supported the amendments. Baltimore County …

ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations remain flat as Baltimore County partially reopens

UPDATE: For the latest local zip code reports, click here. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Saturday reported that there have now been close to 38,000 COVID-19 cases in Maryland. As of Saturday morning, there have been 37,968 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland. There have been 1,842 related deaths, 6,755 total hospitalizations, and 1,500 …