Counties Struggle With Stormwater Treatment Requirements

A Bay Journal article (2019-04-01) provided an in-depth analysis of the struggles county governments face in addressing pollution caused by stormwater runoff. All counties must achieve some level of stormwater runoff reduction under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load and many counties, particularly urban jurisdictions, must achieve specific goals under their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits. The MS4 permits require the retrofitting of existing impervious surface and stormwater treatment facilities with green infrastructure that…

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New Ellicott City Flood Scenarios Call for the Demolition of 4-6 Downtown Buildings

A Daily Record article (2019-04-17) reported that Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is reviewing five proposed scenarios to address the catastrophic flooding issues in Ellicott City. The scenarios will involve the demolition between four to six buildings on the historic town's Main Street. The article noted that the scenarios cost between $63.5 million and $175 million and would take between four to seven years to complete. The new scenarios, developed at Ball's request, call for fewer buildings…

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Montgomery Budget Proposal Focuses on Schools, Transportation, Economic Development

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich recently submitted his first budget proposal to the Montgomery County Council. The total FY 20 budget request is $5.723 billion in all funds, with a 2.3 percent increase in tax-supported dollars. County Executive Elrich's plan dedicates $2.65 billion to Montgomery County public schools, a $51 million increase from this year’s budget, allocates funding to implement economic development grant agreements for retention and expansion of jobs and business activities that will…

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Conduit Street Podcast: After-Session Afterthoughts

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: 2019 Session: Recap and Wrap-Ups

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City Police Commissioner to Shake Up Staff, Organization

Effective April 24, 2019, there will be a new structure for the Baltimore City Police Department. The Baltimore Sun reports that Police Commissioner Michael Harrison is rearranging the department and streamlining command staff: Harrison’s plan divides the department into four bureaus: Administration, Operations, and two newly formed bureaus of Compliance and Public Integrity. Each will be led by a deputy commissioner. The new structure reduces the number of colonels from four to two and lieutenant colonel…

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Southern MD Opportunity Zone Regional Summit – April 24, 2019

Mark your calendars for the next Maryland Opportunity Zone Regional Summit. Looking forward to our #SouthernMD #OpportunityZone Regional Summit next week in Indian Head! I hope you can join us Weds, April 24 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the Indian Head Village Green Pavilion. pic.twitter.com/gvo1zdqf6W — Boyd Rutherford (@BoydKRutherford) April 17, 2019 The agenda and more information may be found on the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force webpage.

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Opioid Deaths in Anne Arundel Show Signs of Decline in 2019

The rate of fatal opioid overdoses in Anne Arundel County has declined in comparison to this time last year. From WBAL: As of the first week of April, the county is seeing a nearly 25% decrease in the number of total overdoses so far in 2019, compared to the same period in 2018 -- 234 compared to 310. And opioid overdose deaths are down as well, by 37% or 37 compared to 59. For more information:…

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Harford Budget Proposal: Holds Line on Taxes, Funds County Priorities

Harford County Executive Glassman Announces Fiscal Year 20 Budget: Record Investments in Education and Public Safety; No Tax Increases Harford County Executive Barry Glassman this week released his fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes record-level funding for education and public safety, without raising tax rates. The spending plan totals $903,164,125 and is subject to the approval of the Harford County Council. According to County Executive Glassman: “In this first budget of my second term,…

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Jawando Recognized By National Leadership Group

Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando was included on a national list of 20 NewDEAL leaders. The NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) is a national network of pro-growth progressive state and local leaders working to expand opportunity for all Americans in the changing economy. The group recently announced its latest class of 20 leaders from across the country - including newly-elected Will Jawando of the Montgomery County Council. From Jawando's website press release: “I’m excited to…

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Carroll County Unveils New Website

Carroll County has a fresh, new website designed with its citizens in mind. The Baltimore Sun reports on the changes and steps that went into updating the site: The new home page features six buttons that can take users to portals where they can pay bills, get information on parks, see career opportunities, learn about boards and commissions, access meetings and subscribe to get updates from the county. The new website also features an alert…

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