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March 31, 2013
Proclaiming that ours are "fiscally challenging times" has become a mantra of elected officials. Their solutions range from cutting services and furloughing employees to raising taxes. Yet little attention is paid to the fat in the budget. When Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz met with Perry Hall residents, they wondered how overcrowding in schools could be alleviated during this "fiscally challenging time. " This was the same David Marks who vowed in his campaign that he would not take a county vehicle - yet replaced his car after it died with a county-owned vehicle.
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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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Staff reports | February 7, 2012
Fifth District County Council member David Marks last week nominated West Towson resident Jane Roger to serve as a local representative on the Baltimore County Commission on Aging. The commission is an advisory panel that helps the county accommodate the housing, health care, nutritional and social needs of seniors. Roger is a state employee, working for the Maryland Department of General Services. She has been a small business owner, a longtime member of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, and a member of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee.
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.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Congratulations to Baltimore County Council members David Marks and Vicki Almond, who have introduced a bill to ban certain electronic signs along portions of Charles Street in Towson ( "Bill would ban electronic changeable signage in areas of Towson," Jan. 24). They understand the value of aesthetics. A charming road without harassing signs attracts tourists and home buyers and creates good communities, all of which give back multifold value. Ellen H. Kelly, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Shelley Silwick | February 10, 2014
Conrad's Seafood Restaurant officially opened its new location in Perry Hall last week. To mark the event, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on with a group of about 20 people as well as owners and staff. During the brief ceremony County Councilman David Marks, who represents Perry Hall and Towson, presented a council resolution to owners Michael Lancelotta, Joseph Lancelotta, Anthony Conrad and Andrea Conrad. "Not only will this restaurant will add to the diversity of dining in the Perry Hall area, but it's a hometown choice -- and not just part of a national chain," Marks said.
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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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.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
I read with interest Del. Stephen Lafferty's attack on our councilman, David Marks, who is questioning the new stormwater tax required for Baltimore County residents. Lafferty's attack was a cheap shot. Like others, I am glad that Councilman Marks is standing up for Baltimore County residents who have endured tax after tax from nearly every level of government. The state legislature (run by Del. Lafferty's political party) has increased electricity taxes, gasoline taxes, titling taxes on cars, sales taxes - some 37 times during Lafferty's silent tenure.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2011
Baltimore County Council members are privately discussing the lucrative pension deals of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and former councilmen Sam Moxley and Vince Gardina. A Sun editorial published this Sunday highlighted the men's retirement benefits . An amendment to a 2010 pension reform law - which reduced county workers' benefits - allowed them to return to work for the county and accrue new pension benefits while earning their salary. “It sounds like double dipping to me,” Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Baltimore County is adding additional police officers and improving nighttime lighting as part of a public safety focus for new developments in Towson, including next month's opening of a 15-screen movie theater. With multiple projects sprouting in the county seat, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Friday that public safety is the priority. He sought to assure residents that the county can handle crowds expected to flock to downtown Towson for the new Cinemark theater and restaurants at Towson Square.
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Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Hookah lounge owners in Baltimore County told the County Council on Tuesday that proposed legislation to make them close earlier would put them out of business. Council members are weighing a proposal by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that would require the lounges to close at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on weekends, restrictions Kamenetz says would prevent neighborhood disruptions and curb illegal activity. At a Tuesday work session, the council heard from business owners who said they are being unfairly targeted and from residents who say lounge patrons wreak havoc in their neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Shelley Silwick | February 10, 2014
Conrad's Seafood Restaurant officially opened its new location in Perry Hall last week. To mark the event, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on with a group of about 20 people as well as owners and staff. During the brief ceremony County Councilman David Marks, who represents Perry Hall and Towson, presented a council resolution to owners Michael Lancelotta, Joseph Lancelotta, Anthony Conrad and Andrea Conrad. "Not only will this restaurant will add to the diversity of dining in the Perry Hall area, but it's a hometown choice -- and not just part of a national chain," Marks said.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Congratulations to Baltimore County Council members David Marks and Vicki Almond, who have introduced a bill to ban certain electronic signs along portions of Charles Street in Towson ( "Bill would ban electronic changeable signage in areas of Towson," Jan. 24). They understand the value of aesthetics. A charming road without harassing signs attracts tourists and home buyers and creates good communities, all of which give back multifold value. Ellen H. Kelly, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
I read with interest Del. Stephen Lafferty's attack on our councilman, David Marks, who is questioning the new stormwater tax required for Baltimore County residents. Lafferty's attack was a cheap shot. Like others, I am glad that Councilman Marks is standing up for Baltimore County residents who have endured tax after tax from nearly every level of government. The state legislature (run by Del. Lafferty's political party) has increased electricity taxes, gasoline taxes, titling taxes on cars, sales taxes - some 37 times during Lafferty's silent tenure.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
Proclaiming that ours are "fiscally challenging times" has become a mantra of elected officials. Their solutions range from cutting services and furloughing employees to raising taxes. Yet little attention is paid to the fat in the budget. When Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz met with Perry Hall residents, they wondered how overcrowding in schools could be alleviated during this "fiscally challenging time. " This was the same David Marks who vowed in his campaign that he would not take a county vehicle - yet replaced his car after it died with a county-owned vehicle.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
Over the past several years, Baltimore County has made steady progress as it seeks to air condition all its public schools. Despite limited funding, the county is on track to reduce the number of schools lacking air conditioning from 54 percent in 2010 to 36 percent within two years. Unfortunately, that progress is not shared uniformly throughout Baltimore County. There is a significant disparity between the western, northern and eastern parts of the county. Looking at schools by County Council district, after the current round of air conditioning, the number of non-air conditioned schools will stand at 28 percent in the 1st District (Catonsville)
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
Developers in some parts of northeastern Baltimore County would no longer be able to squeeze new properties onto existing lots without a new road, under a bill introduced by three County Council members Monday. The bill, set for a vote next month, would ban new "panhandle lots" in Parkville, Cub Hill and Carney, a move meant to control density. It was introduced by David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican; Cathy Bevins, a Middle River Democrat; and Todd Huff, a Lutherville Republican.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
Over the past several years, Baltimore County has made steady progress as it seeks to air condition all its public schools. Despite limited funding, the county is on track to reduce the number of schools lacking air conditioning from 54 percent in 2010 to 36 percent within two years. Unfortunately, that progress is not shared uniformly throughout Baltimore County. There is a significant disparity between the western, northern and eastern parts of the county. Looking at schools by County Council district, after the current round of air conditioning, the number of non-air conditioned schools will stand at 28 percent in the 1st District (Catonsville)
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
Developers in some parts of northeastern Baltimore County would no longer be able to squeeze new properties onto existing lots without a new road, under a bill introduced by three County Council members Monday. The bill, set for a vote next month, would ban new "panhandle lots" in Parkville, Cub Hill and Carney, a move meant to control density. It was introduced by David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican; Cathy Bevins, a Middle River Democrat; and Todd Huff, a Lutherville Republican.
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