What’s Next for Sparrows Point Redevelopment? Baltimore County Releases Plan to Help Tradepoint Atlantic

The proposal includes $78 million in county assistance to help Tradepoint Atlantic build infrastructure -- roads, water lines and sewer pipes -- for the redevelopment of the former steel mill at Sparrows Point.  The Baltimore Sun reports: Under the proposal — and pending approval by the Baltimore County Council and county executive-elect Johnny Olszewski Jr. — Tradepoint would bear the up-front cost of building the infrastructure, then seek reimbursement from the county. The reimbursement for…

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FCC Proposal Threatens County Cable Franchise Fees

Proposed FCC Rule could cost counties millions in franchise fees by allowing cable companies to deduct the fair market value of public benefits, such as setting aside channels for county council or school board broadcasts, from the fees.  The potential effects of the order are vast. Nationwide there are approximately 1,500 public, education, and government (PEG) stations and 3,000 channels that could be impacted. From NACo County News: In some smaller jurisdictions, [Mitsuko] Herrera noted,…

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Federal Agencies Unveil Resource Guide for Rural Opioid Crisis

The guide provides a comprehensive listing of federal programs available to help support grassroots strategies in rural communities for tackling the opioid crisis. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released the Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse. The report is one piece of a multi-prong effort by the USDA to provide resources to rural communities struggling with the…

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Eastern Shore General Election Highlights
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Eastern Shore General Election Highlights

Caroline County The Caroline County Board of Commissioners will see the return of incumbents Larry C. Porter (R) (29.7%), Wilbur Levengood Jr. (R) (25.8%), and Daniel Franklin (R) (25.8%). Dorchester District 1 incumbent Don B. Satterfield (R) lost to challenger Jay Leonard Newcomb (D).  Newcomb secured 53.3% of the vote to Satterfield's 46.1%. Incumbents William Nichols (District 2) (D), Ricky C. Travers, Sr. (District 3) (D) will return to the council having run unopposed in the general election.…

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Election Brings Shakeup to MACo Board of Directors

Of the 15 members of the MACo Board of Directors only five have made it through the general election. A majority of the board members will no longer be in office come the end of the year through a mix of term limits, lost elections, and decisions to no longer serve as elected officials. Departing Board Members:  Jerry Walker, President, Council Member, Anne Arundel County William Pickrum, First Vice President, Commission President, Kent County Allan…

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Olszewski Wins Baltimore County Executive Race
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Olszewski Wins Baltimore County Executive Race

Johnny Olszewski Jr. (D) won a closely watched race for Baltimore County Executive against former Delegate and sitting Hogan Administration official Al Redmer, Jr. (R). Olszewski won 174,771 votes (57.4%) compared to Redmer's 129,427 votes (42.5%). The Baltimore Sun reports: In the race against Redmer, Olszewski pledged to expand free preschool and community college, work to build more affordable housing, modernize county government and advocate for an increased minimum wage in the state. He pitched education as…

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Hogan Wins Second Term as Maryland’s Governor
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Hogan Wins Second Term as Maryland’s Governor

Incumbents Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford have won the general election against Democratic challengers Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull. Hogan, who has taken a centrist approach to governing in a state where democrats out number republicans 2-1, had maintained high approval ratings throughout the election cycle and promised to continue to work across the aisle. From The Washington Post: The governor’s promises to roll back taxes and work with Democrats, coupled with his…

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Construction on Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit Line is Underway

The 14-mile-long route for the county's premier Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line is expected to improve public transportation along gridlocked Route 29. The BRT aims to shorten travel times through the use of dedicated travel lanes and fewer stops. Two additional routes, Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike, are currently under study. From The Washington Post: The system, branded Flash, is scheduled to debut in 2020, offering more frequent service on new “clean diesel” buses,…

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Proposal Could Help Bring New Bike Paths to Baltimore County

Under a new initiative, BaltCoBike 2030, Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler proposes the county set aside $200,000 annually to match public and private sector grants to build bike paths and lanes in county neighborhoods. Grants to construct bike infrastructure typically require a local match. If this initiative is continued by the future county executive and council, the county would be better positioned to leverage funds for bike projects. The Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore County recently…

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Montgomery County Council Defers Acting on Small Cell Bill

The Montgomery County Council's vote on a zoning text amendment that would have allowed the attachment of small cells to existing utility poles in residential areas was called off this week as members could not agree on amendments. From The Washington Post: Montgomery Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) and Montgomery Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said they had tried to balance the needs of the wireless industry to expand broadband capacity with residents' concerns that…

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