Councilman Marks’ Blog

Perry Hall’s First New School in a Quarter-Century Under Construction

On Monday, Baltimore County officials and community leaders will officially break ground on the new northeastern elementary school being constructed near Chapel and Joppa Roads. This will be the first new school in Perry Hall in a quarter-century. The 725-seat … Continue reading

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Steps to Improve Neighborhood Safety

Over the past few weeks, the Baltimore County Police Department has responded to numerous incidents in communities from Towson to Perry Hall. I wanted to thank the police for their hard work and professionalism – it is greatly appreciated. We … Continue reading

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Circle East to Transform Downtown Towson

Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Circle East represents a milestone for Downtown Towson. The project will transform the aging corner at Joppa and York Roads. On the north side of Joppa Road, more than 300 residential luxury apartments will be built; … Continue reading

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Task Force Recommends Kingsville Regional Park with Community-Friendly Uses

In the summer of 2017, I assembled a task force to recommend uses for the former Mount Vista Park property in Kingsville. After several meetings, the task force has endorsed the following recommendations. The task force has recommended that the … Continue reading

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Community Celebrates Expansion of Perry Hall Animal Hospital

This morning, I joined with owners and employees of the Perry Hall Animal Hospital to celebrate the expansion of the Perry Hall Animal Hospital.  The addition allows for more medical treatment space, a much needed staff break room and conference … Continue reading

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Planning Money Secured for New High Schools

Today, I am pleased to confirm that planning money will be in the upcoming capital budget to advance a new Towson High School and a high school in central or northeastern Baltimore County. By 2026, Baltimore County Public Schools anticipates … Continue reading

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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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