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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Owners of pet cemeteries in Baltimore County will have to notify customers of plans to sell or lease their graveyards for development under legislation passed Monday by the County Council. The legislation sponsored by Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, was spurred by complaints about the Oakleigh Pet Cemetery in Parkville, which has faced numerous code-enforcement fines. Some believe the cemetery could be sold for development. Under the legislation, pet cemetery owners will have to publish a notice in a general-circulation newspaper of plans to develop a cemetery for any other purpose, and give written notice to every plot owner.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The Baltimore County Council is consider new rules for races that are run through neighborhoods after receiving complaints that organizers of a recent event spray-painted streets in Towson. Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican who represents Towson, wants to regulate races like parades, requiring them to use non-permanent course markings and notify the community about proposed routes. "It's good to give neighbors more information," said Marks, who introduced the bill at Monday's council meeting.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
Baltimore County Council members on Monday unanimously elected Councilman Tom Quirk as their chairman, and the Catonsville Democrat pledged to collaborate with County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and work to make local government cost-effective. Quirk, 43, was elected to the council in 2010. He is a financial planner in the private sector and has chaired the county's Spending Affordability Committee. His council colleagues often turn to him for guidance on budget issues. He gained widespread attention last year when he successfully sponsored controversial legislation to protect transgender people from discrimination.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has endorsed District 2 Councilwoman Vicki Almond in the November general election - after backing her Democratic primary opponent earlier this year. It's known in political circles that Almond and Kamenetz don't always agree, and that became clear when Kamenetz endorsed Almond's opponent, Jon Herbst, in the June primary. In a press release this week, Kamenetz announced support for Almond as well as others in the northwestern part of the county: Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Dels.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has endorsed District 2 Councilwoman Vicki Almond in the November general election - after backing her Democratic primary opponent earlier this year. It's known in political circles that Almond and Kamenetz don't always agree, and that became clear when Kamenetz endorsed Almond's opponent, Jon Herbst, in the June primary. In a press release this week, Kamenetz announced support for Almond as well as others in the northwestern part of the county: Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Dels.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 23, 2010
Sam Moxley on Tuesday became the fourth Baltimore County councilman to say he will not seek re-election in the fall, leaving a majority of seats on the seven-member panel up for grabs. Joseph Bartenfelder and Kevin Kamenetz are expected to run for county executive. Vince Gardina plans to retire at the end of his fifth term. "There are always concerns when there is a big change," said Moxley, a fourth-term Democrat who represents Catonsville and much of Southwestern Baltimore County.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
The Baltimore County Council on Monday made significant changes to a measure involving the county development approval process after preservationists said it would undermine an essential county growth-control tool and could run afoul of state law. Originally, the bill sponsored by Councilmen David Marks and Tom Quirk would have allowed development outside a growth-management boundary adopted 45 years ago, but the council removed that provision under...
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By Raven L. Hill and Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2010
Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth Oliver is leading the Democratic primary to hold onto his District 4 seat by about 100 votes with all but provisional ballots counted. Challenger Julian E. Jones Jr. said he has congratulated Oliver but is not conceding defeat. He is considering a recount request, which he would have to file by Sept. 30. There are also about 160 provisional ballots from District 4 awaiting review next week. Jones had been trailing by a slim margin after all of the Election Day results were tallied.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Baltimore County Council approved legislation Monday requiring coaches and other recreation volunteers who work with children to undergo background checks, a move officials said is meant to protect children from sexual predators. The county is the only jurisdiction in the Baltimore region that does not run background checks on volunteers for government-sponsored recreational activities. Council members passed the measure unanimously, giving county officials until July 2015 to work out details of a policy on the checks.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Baltimore County Council members rejected state funding Monday for a planned low-income housing development in Rosedale, passing a resolution expressing disapproval of the project. In a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Kenneth Oliver abstaining, council members turned down more than $1 million in funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for a project planned by the nonprofit Homes for America. "Baltimore County is becoming poorer and poorer, and a lot of people can't afford high-end housing," said Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat, after the council meeting.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
William A. Fogle Jr., who served as Mayor William Donald Schaefer's executive assistant and all-purpose troubleshooter and later became secretary of the Maryland Department of Licensing and Regulation, died Wednesday at his Glen Rock, Pa., farm of complications from a stroke. He was 79. "Bill was Mayor Schaefer's troubleshooter, and any time he had problems, he knew he could rely on him," said Tom Toporovich, former secretary to the Baltimore County Council and a longtime friend.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
A Baltimore County Council vote on a development proposal for the former Seagram's whiskey distillery in Dundalk was postponed this week because the public wasn't given proper notice of the scheduled vote, county officials said. A resolution pending before the council and initially scheduled for a vote Tuesday would have authorized county agencies to review plans for Brewery Station, a project that would include nearly 200 townhomes on the Sollers Point Road property. The development group includes developer John Vontran and the Powers Companies.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
After investing $700,000 to renovate a struggling White Marsh motel and restaurant he bought two years ago, Ronald Parker was worried that a battle over the decades-old sign could cost him his business. Parker, a 67-year-old attorney who lives in Harford County, lost a Baltimore County administrative hearing earlier this year after a resident reported that signs at the business, the Williamsburg Inn on U.S. 40, were too large and didn't conform to current county standards. "To me, it's ludicrous," Parker said.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
Your recent articles, "Reshaped Baltimore County library board" (July 11) and "Balto. Co. police should not have contacted Dundalk activists, chief says" (July 28), seem to be spot-on regarding the limited amount of free speech and expression that are tolerated by the Baltimore County government. The library board, a theoretically independent body, disagreed with the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz regarding the reassignment of 28 staff to the county information technology unit.
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July 12, 2014
Speaking on behalf of myself and not the new Norwood Holabird Community Association, I think people should be aware of what went on at the Baltimore County Council work session on July 1. I went only to be shocked at the way our county leaders acted, demonstrating flat out no respect for Dundalk at all ( "Plans for Towson, Dundalk projects move forward," July 7). When it came to the sale of the North Point Government Center, Karen Cruz was cut short by Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.
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June 30, 2014
In response to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks' recent letter about the proposed Nottingham Ridge Outlet Mall, I would again point out the project's appalling lack of community input ("Marks: Consider the alternative to the outlet mall plan," June 23). As Councilman Marks is aware, I have been a long-time supporter of both his work with the Baltimore County Council and his volunteer work within the community. In fact, I believe our working friendship began in 2008, when he was president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association and I was president of the Perry Hall Middle School PTSA.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
Regarding Heather Patti's op-ed about the Nottingham Ridge outlet mall proposal, for the past 15 years I have worked to lighten school overcrowding in Perry Hall and White Marsh, and after my election to the Baltimore County Council I down-zoned more than 400 acres of land, blocking hundreds of new homes from being built ( "Is a mega mall slipping in under the radar?" June 13). The current Nottingham Ridge plan reverses this work to lighten school overcrowding. Approved by my predecessor, it will flood our schools with students from 1,250 apartments and condominiums, with no clear plan to build a desperately-needed middle or high school.
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Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Open retail strife has broken out in White Marsh as the owners of the area's mall and other established retail centers foment opposition to a proposed upscale outlet mall along Interstate 95. Paragon Outlet Partners proposed building a 525,000-square-foot center with about 100 outlet stores, including brands such as Calvin Klein, Coach and Kate Spade, that would draw customers from across the region and off I-95. The Baltimore-based firm specializes in such malls, developing centers closer to population centers than outlets historically have located.
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