Thursday, July 26, 2012

Neighbors,


Soon Baltimore County will begin replacing the curbing along Liberty Parkway. The curb replacement project will run from Shipway up to Dundalk Avenue. The County will be installing 3-inch mountable curb (pictured). In addition, the County will be widening the road by 1 foot on each side. While this won’t fix the parking / traffic problems with Liberty Parkway, hopefully it will help. ODNA has proposed to Baltimore County a complete renovation, streetscaping project for Liberty Parkway, but as this is a capital budget project, it will be at least 5 to 7 years before this work is completed.

As we met this spring to discuss this project, several questions kept coming up. ODNA researched the answers and to the best of our knowledge, here is what we found.

The first was about the parking regulations and what is “legal” in terms of parking along Liberty Parkway. Officer Wilking of the Baltimore County Police provided the complete Baltimore County Parking Code. Without getting into all four pages of code, below is the section which would be most applicable to parking along Liberty Parkway:

18-2-201. MANNER OF PARKING VEHICLE GENERALLY

(a) Exception. The section does not apply to parking of a vehicle in a space where the county has by regulation determined that a vehicle may be parked at an angle with the curb or side of the street or road.

(b) Parallel parking required. A driver standing or parking a vehicle on the streets, roads, avenues, or lanes of the county for a longer period than is sufficient to take on or discharge passengers, baggage, merchandise, or freight shall park the vehicle so that both the front and rear bumpers next to the curb or side of the road or avenue are:
(1) Not more than 12 inches from the curb or side of the road; and
(2) Not less than 30 inches distant from the front or rear of any vehicle.
If you would like a copy of the complete Parking Code, please contact ODNA and we will provide a copy to you.

The second question was about the property that sits between the sidewalk and the road. This section of property is know as an “easement” or “right of way” and is owned by Baltimore County. There is an expectation, however, that the adjacent property owner will maintain this property (ie. cut the grass, etc.). Again, without getting into the all three pages of code concerning “easement” properties, below is the section most applicable to Liberty Parkway.

18-3-304. SAME – CONSTRUCT OR REPAIR ROADS.
(b) Authority of Director to require improvements.
(1) The Director of Public Works may require the owner of property that abuts a road, street, alley, curb, gutter, sidewalk, or footway in the county to make an improvement where the Director finds that the improvement is needed to alleviate a condition that threatens the health, safety, and welfare of abutting property owners.
(2) The property owners shall make the required improvements in accordance with the reasonable plans and specifications required by the Director of Public Works.

Again, if you would like a copy of the complete section of County Code, please contact ODNA and we will provide a copy to you. The complete County Code is also available on-line at Baltimorecountymd.gov.

The third question was about the traffic and speeding along Liberty Parkway and whether we could install any traffic calming / slowing devices along the roadway. Unfortunately, Liberty Parkway is classified as a “collector road” and the installing of traffic calming devices is not allowed. ODNA has spoken with the Baltimore County Police about increasing speed enforcement efforts along Liberty Parkway.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at olddundalk@gmail.com or call Becky Terjung at 410-288-3323.

Join us for National Night Out on Tuesday August 7th in Heritage Park from 6:30pm to 8:30pm!

Our next ODNA Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at 10am in the Dundalk Community Center.

Sincerely,
Becky Terjung

Thursday, March 15, 2012

ODNA Meeting Minutes - March 14th

ODNA Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1. Dates for the Spring:

· Adopt a Road Cleanup – March 24th. Meet at the McD’s at 8:30am. Bring a shovel if you can for getting up the debris in the gutters. Again, in the event of forecasted bad weather, we will make any decision to cancel by 8am on Friday, March 23rd.
· Easter Egg Hunt – March 31st in Heritage Park. We will need volunteers for our craft table that day. If you can give an hour or two, please let me know (bterjung1@juno.com). This event promises to be a busy one, so we should really have four people at the table for each time slot.

9am Set up
Glenn
Becky

9:30 to 10:30
1. Margaret
2.
3.
4.

10:30 to 11:30
1. Alice
2&3. Claire and George
4.


11:30 to 12:30
Includes clean up
1.
2.
3.
4.

Angel Ball, who is organizing the event, also needs volunteers that day to help with eggs hunts. Please contact Angel if you have questions or would like to help (443-676-6929)

· Dumpster Day – April 21st. The dumpsters will be in the parking lot of the Church of the Brethren on Yorkway at 8am.
· Yard Sale - May 19th. In Veterans Park. Tables are free for Members, $10 for non-Members. More info to follow.

Curbs along Liberty Parkway: After a lengthy discussion about the curbs, the traffic, speeding and parking along Liberty Parkway, the group recommended that:
· We ask the county to install mountable curbing along roadway this summer. This will allow drivers to continue to pull two wheels up onto the curbing when parking.
· We create a request to the county for a major overhaul and redesign of Liberty Parkway and get this project into the queue of county capital projects. This is a larger and long term project that will take many years to complete.
· We will work with the county about the possibility of installing speed humps along the roadway, as well as any other traffic calming measures that may work.
· We will work with Baltimore County Police to clarify the parking laws that apply and address those drivers who pull completely onto their lawns at a 90 degree angle to the road.
· We will work with Baltimore County Police on speed enforcement. I have asked Officer Wilking about having the speed sign set up and traffic patrols increased.

We will collect feedback on this proposal now through our next meeting on Saturday, April 14th at 10am. Please send any comments, suggestions or questions you have to Becky Terjung (bterjung1@juno.com or 410-288-3323) and I will try to get an answer for you.

I would like to thank Bryan Sheppard from Baltimore County and Office Wilking for their time and insight on this project.

FYI: In the last month, ODNA has been part of a couple of conversations that I wanted to share with group, but we ran out of time last night:

I attended at meeting at the DRC with several other community association leaders and John Vontran. John has a new proposal – to swap the Seagram’s property he owns with the county for the property at Merritt and Wise (the gov’t center). In his proposal, he would develop the Seagram’s property with a new police station, gov’t center and recreation facilities/fields (everything they currently have at Merritt and Wise). There would also be a senior housing community. Then John would develop the corner at Merritt and Wise with a shopping center (a big box like Target, some smaller stores and restaurants). In his proposal the cost to the county would be $0 and he will make his money with the development of shopping center. Everyone at the meeting thought this was a great idea. Let me know what ya’ll think.

I also received an email about a new proposal for 1 Friendship Circle. As you may have read in the Eagle, Brian Hall elected not to buy and renovate the property for a boarding house. Now, Robyn Holl is interested in buying 1 Friendship Circle to live in and rent out additional space to other artists for studios. The proposal is interesting and worth consideration, as the renovations needed for artist studio space would be less daunting than if it were to be used for multiple rental apartments. She is currently working on her business plan, and looking into the zoning. Let me know what you think about this one.

Elections are coming in May! Now is the time to get involved and to have your voice heard. Think about stepping up and taking a position on the Executive Board. Have a question about a position? Just ask!

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 14th at 10am in the Dundalk Community Center!

Meeting Schedule
ODNA meets on the second Wednesday/Saturday of the month from September to June.



Date Day of the Week Time
April 14, 2012 Saturday 10am
May 9, 2012 Wednesday 7pm
June 9, 2012 Saturday 10am

Our Annual Family Picnic will be held in Heritage Park following our June 9th meeting.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meeting Minutes

ODNA Meeting Minutes
Saturday, February 11, 2012

1. Coke Point Project: Fran Flanigan from the Maryland Port Administration was on hand to talk about Coke Point and the Port’s plans for the site. While they are still in negotiations with RG Steel about the property itself, the port plans to use the Coke Point area as a receptacle for dredge materials and they would also work to treat the contamination which already exists on the site. Part of the project includes community and environmental enhancement projects. For us, this could mean trees in Heritage Park, work on the Heritage Trail, etc. The port wants to hear our ideas.

2. One Friendship Circle: A few of us met with Brian Hall on January 21st to talk about his plans for 1 Friendship Circle (the old hotel). Brian would like to purchase the property and turn it into a boarding house / short term rental property. He would be marketing to international students/workers, people who need accommodations for a short period of time. He likes the 1 Friendship Circle location because it is so close to the bus lines to Bayview and Hopkins. As a group there was positive response to his idea. Also, Brian lives in Edgemere; he owns and operates the Old Bay Marina

3. Dates for the Spring:

• Adopt a Road Cleanup – March 24th. Meet at the McD’s at 8:30am. Bring a shovel if you can for getting up the debris in the gutters. Again, in the event of forecasted bad weather, we will make any decision to cancel by 8am on Friday, March 23rd.
• Easter Egg Hunt – March 31st in Heritage Park. We will need volunteers for our craft table that day. Angel Ball, who is organizing the event, will also need volunteers. I will contact Angel to get a more specific list of what she needs. Look for an update!
• Dumpster Day – April 21st
• Yard Sale - May 19th


4. Curbs along Liberty Parkway: Brian Shepherd from Baltimore County talked to us about the curbs along Liberty Parkway. The project is scheduled to take place this summer. Brian asked about 5 inch high curbs vs. mountable curbs and he was very open to our feedback about addressing the parking issues. We asked for and he agreed to have the curbs pushed back 1 foot on each side of the road (that widens the road a little) and to install the standard 5 inch high curbs. Brian agreed to be at our next meeting for questions and comments.
• I am going to create a flyer to be delivered to all the affected houses on Liberty Parkway. I would like to get the flyers out the week of Feb 27th - that's about 2 weeks before our March 14th meeting. I’m looking for some help with distributing the flyers! Send me an email if you can help (bterjung1@juno.com) Also, spread the word to anyone you know that lives along Liberty Parkway.

5. FYI: In the past month, ODNA has received a couple of emails that I wanted to share with group, but was not able to because of time.

• Seasons Hospice (located in Glen Burnie) is looking for Volunteers.
We are in great need of volunteers in your area and wondered if there would be any possible recruitment suggestions you might be able to share. Our volunteers provide friendly visits to our clients in nursing homes, assisted living centers, or their own home. The role of the volunteer is up to what he/she may be interested in. We keep volunteers close to their own home so they are serving hospice clients within their own community. Hospice is a unique type of service, but truly rewarding!
Thank you for your time,
Carol Small, CVA, Volunteer Coordinator, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 6934 Aviation Boulevard, Suites N-R, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 office: 888-523-6000, 410-689-7400, csmall@seasons.org


• Lead Safe Baltimore County has grants available for lead-based paint remediation:
“Be advised that $4 million in federal grant money is available to help families and property owners with lead-based paint hazard remediation through the Lead Safe Baltimore County program. The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning is under contract with Baltimore County to assist with marketing the Lead Safe Baltimore County grant program to Baltimore County residents, homeowners, multi-property owners, community organizations and agency partners. If you are a property management company which owns units that are in need of lead hazard remediation then this program can prove quite beneficial to the current and future tenant families, the property owner and the overall home environmental health of the community at large.
Please take a minute to review the attached files. You will find the Lead Safe Baltimore County overview sheet and the program brochure. These information pieces are geared to market this program towards property owners and renters. Pending program eligibility, the status of renters can actually qualify a property for this program based on the grant's HUD income guidelines.
We are currently working with Equity Management's Day Village Apartment Townhomes in the community of Turner's Station in Dundalk, Maryland. We are approaching the last year of the program and there is still a lot of grant money yet to be designated for remediation throughout all of Baltimore County's target conservation zip codes.
For more information about the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning or Lead Safe Baltimore County, click the hyperlinks on the logos below the message signature line. Connect with our Facebook and Twitter pages under Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, and feel free to forward this information to anyone in your personal or business network. Call me or Tria Brooks, at Lead Safe Baltimore County 410.887.3668, to discuss this opportunity in greater detail.
Best regards,
David M. Skinner, Community Outreach Associate, Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning™, 2714 Hudson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224, 410.534.6447, 800.370.LEAD, 410.499.8105 mobile, 410.534.6475 fax, dskinner@leadsafe.org, www.leadsafe.org


Elections are coming in May! Now is the time to get involved and to have your voice heard. Think about stepping up and taking a position on the Executive Board. Have a question about a position? Just ask!

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm in the Dundalk Community Center!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Clean up cancelled - Discussion of 1 Friendship Circle

Any hopes for good weather on Saturday are not amounting to much, as we
are supposed to have a yucky, rainy, wintry mix kind of day. Our
clean up will be postponed. We will look at the calendar next meeting
(Feb 11th) and pick another day . . maybe in March.

At our potluck, I talked about Brian Hall and his plans to buy 1
Friendship Circle (the old hotel). Brian would like very much to meet
with us as a group . . . so, while the weather on Saturday won't be
good for our clean up, I hope you will come out to McDonalds on
Dundalk Ave at 9:30am to meet Brian and hear about his plans
. It's
your chance to ask questions and voice your concerns, so please try to
make it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January Update

ODNA January Update
Fun things first . . . . .
Our Holiday Potluck will be Friday, January 13, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Masonic Lodge.Join us for an After the Holiday get together with your neighbors. There will be plenty of good cheer and plenty of good food. Please RSVP to bterjung1@juno.com or Brenda Shepherd (410-284-0899) by January 10th! Be sure to let us know what dish you are planning to bring.

A BIG THANK YOU to Brenda Shepherd for
stepping forward to organize this event!


. . . .Next . . . .
Our first meeting of the New Year was scheduled for the same week as our Holiday Potluck. Since the two events were so close together, we have decided to
CANCEL our regular business meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

There are a few things to talk about, so we will take some time at the Pot Luck to discuss:
• Update on the curbs along Liberty Parkway
• The President Streets
• Dumpster Day – Scheduled for Saturday, April 21st
• Yard Sale in May
• Suggestions for our next neighbors helping neighbors project

And last, but not least . . . As part of our ongoing Adopt a Road Project, we’ve scheduled a clean up of Dundalk Avenue for January 21st beginning at 9am. We will meet at McDonalds at 8:30am. Obviously, this clean up is very weather dependent and any decision to cancel will be made by Thursday, January 19th. Let’s hope for a sunny day with temps in the 40’s!

Our next regular business meeting will be February 11, 2012 at the Dundalk Community Center at 10am.*
* Note: In the case of inclement weather, if county schools are closed,
the Dundalk Community Center is closed as well