Author Archives: David Marks

Councilman Marks’ Blog

On Being Named a “Hero of the Green” by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy

This weekend, I was honored to be named a “Hero of the Green” by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, along with longtime GVC official Peggy Perry. This award recognizes outstanding leadership in preserving and improving the Gunpowder River Valley. I am humbled by … Continue reading

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Ending “Double-Dipping” for Executive Staffmembers

Last night, the Baltimore County Council voted to scale back a program that has allowed certain employees to receive separate pensions and large payouts for having served the county in multiple positions.  The Council voted unanimously to ban this practice … Continue reading

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Four Additional Schools to Open With Air Conditioning

When I was first elected to the Baltimore County Council in 2010, more than a dozen public schools that serve our district lacked air conditioning.  This fall, that number has dropped to one—Dumbarton Middle School, which will reopen next September … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking Set for New Kingsville Fire Station

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 the Kingsville fire station.  I am delighted that the first project is almost done and we are … Continue reading

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End Review of the Towson Station Planned Unit Development

It is time to bring closure to the controversy over the development of the gasoline station at York Road and Bosley Avenue. I will introduce at the next County Council meeting a resolution that ends any further review of the gasoline station … Continue reading

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Task Force to Look at Future of Kingsville’s Mount Vista Park

Today, I am announcing the creation today of a task force to recommend future uses for Mount Vista Park and the Schmidt property in Kingsville. The 111-acre Mount Vista Park, formerly a golf course, was purchased by Baltimore County in … Continue reading

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Improving Towson’s Herring Run Watershed

Last week, I announced the creation of a task force to recommend improvements to the Herring Run green space in eastern Towson. The task force will be headed by David Riley, president of the Knollwood Association, and include representatives from neighborhoods closest to … Continue reading

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New Owners of Bosley Mansion Have Impeccable Preservation Credentials

I am delighted by the news that Marty Azola and Delbert Adams will be partnering on a plan to adaptively reuse the Bosley Mansion.   This development team commands enormous respect within the historic preservation community. As I noted last May, … Continue reading

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Agreement Reached on Joppa Road Sonic Restaurant

I am very pleased that an agreement has been reached between the developer of the proposed Sonic restaurant on Joppa Road and nearby community organizations. The restaurant is proposed for construction at 1631 East Joppa Road.  The agreement– between Community … Continue reading

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Requiring Notification of Garage Construction

How would you feel if you woke up one morning, and Baltimore County was suddenly building a multi-story parking garage next to your backyard? That is what happened to residents along Wildwood Road in Anneslie when Baltimore County authorized construction … Continue reading

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