Councilman Marks’ Blog

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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Budget Funds Infrastructure, Park Upgrades Throughout Fifth District

The proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget addresses numerous priorities in the Fifth District.  I am particularly pleased with the inclusion of funding to advance a new middle school, my top priority in the northeast, but there are numerous other improvements that … Continue reading

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New Middle School Funded in Northeastern Baltimore County

I am pleased to announce that the Fiscal Year 2018 budget will include $7 million in funding to plan for a new northeastern middle school.  The proposed 1,500-seat school will be constructed at a site to be determined by the … Continue reading

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Artificial Turf Field to be Funded at Perry Hall High School

I am pleased to announce that funding for a new artificial turf field will be included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Baltimore County budget. Our office has advocated for this project since last spring, when we pulled together stakeholders … Continue reading

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Renovations Continue at Kingsville Park

This morning, I reviewed the progress of the renovations to Kingsville Park, a 23-acre park located at 11700 Franklinville Road in the far northeastern end of the Fifth District. We have been working with the Kingsville Recreation Council and the … Continue reading

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Charter Review Commission Should Consider Term Limits, Budget Reforms

This spring, the Baltimore County Charter Review Commission will begin its work. The creation of the panel was required once Baltimore County voters approved Question A during the 2016 general election.  I was the principal sponsor of the legislation that … Continue reading

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Time to Demand Relief for Perry Hall Middle School Overcrowding

As you know, one of my priorities as Perry Hall’s Councilman has been to reduce overcrowding at Perry Hall Middle School. It was the primary reason why we downzoned, lowered and blocked development in 2016 on more than 1,268 acres … Continue reading

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Expand the Social Host Pilot Program To Northern Towson, Rodgers Forge

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins and I will introduce legislation at the January 17th Council meeting that expands the social host pilot program, a year-old initiative that targets renter behavior in areas near universities and with high concentrations of student renters. The … Continue reading

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Legislation Would Require Design Review in Anneslie, Rodgers Forge Commercial Area

At the January 3rd meeting of the Baltimore County Council, I will introduce a resolution that requires new construction in the commercial area of Rodgers Forge and Anneslie to be evaluated by the Design Review Panel.  The area will extend along York … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Safety Improvements Planned at Perry Hall Middle, High Schools

The Baltimore County Department of Public Works will install improvements along Ebenezer Road to slow speeding at Perry Hall Middle and High Schools. Two raised crosswalks with pedestrian refuge islands will be installed in front of Perry Hall High School.  … Continue reading

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