Tuesday, February 12, 2013
County Councilman David Marks received the 2012 Silver Spoke Award as Legislator of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts.
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks' enthusiasm for biking trails has caught the attention of a regional advocacy group. Marks was honored with the 2012 Silver Spoke Award for Legislator of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), representing more than a thousand mountain bikers in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, according to a release. "The MORE Board of Directors and club membership would like to thank you for your support of a multi-use, sustainable trail system at Loch Raven Reservoir," MORE President Dave Ferraro stated in a release. "MORE still has work ahead at Loch Raven, but we are much farther down the trail due to your leadership and guidance through a challenging process. Rest assured, the …
Monday, December 3, 2012
New development may come to the corner of Belair Road and Joppa Road in Perry Hall.
UPDATE (Dec. 4, 1:57 p.m.)—Demolition of the former Poor Little Rich Girl bridal shop has been delayed at least two weeks to allow the structure to be bought or moved. Find updated information in the article, 'Poor Little Rich Girl' Demolition Delayed After Protest Planned. --- UPDATE (Dec. 4, noon)—Some community members plan to protest the demolition outside the structure on Wednesday evening. Mark Patro wrote a blog post on Patch to promote the event. --- UPDATE (Dec. 3, 2:44 p.m.)—The former location of the Poor Little Rich Girl formal wear shop—an aging house at 9010 Belair Rd.—could be demolished this week. "The community deserves better than what it is today. We want to be good neighbors, so it needs to come down," said George …
Friday, October 26, 2012
County Councilman David Marks requested the new exit lane lines in response to traffic outside the Perry Hall park.
Ever been stuck behind a long line of cars leaving Honeygo Run Regional Park? County Councilman David Marks hopes new painted lines at the park's access point along Honeygo Boulevard will make the experience a little easier to bear. Marks stated in an email to Patch: Right now, there are often backups as motorists leave Honeygo Park because some vehicles stop in a position that cannot be bypassed on the righthand side. To remedy this, the county will paint two 10.5-foot wide exit lanes from Honeygo Park to Honeygo Boulevard, as well as a 10.5-foot wide entrance lane. By clearly marking the lanes, there will hopefully be fewer backups for everyone who uses Honeygo Park, particularly when it is heavily used for recreation council events. …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Public officials hope the installation will improve public safety.
The Belair Road stretch between Honeygo Boulevard and the Gunpowder Falls State Park, straddling the line between Perry Hall and Kingsville, is slated for improvements by spring 2013. The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to install new center line rumble strips and to replace pavement markers. The improvements were requested by State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, Del. Eric Bromwell, and County Councilman David Marks, according to a statement recently released by Marks. Multiple accidents have occurred along this stretch. Most recently, in July 2012, a truck and trailer ran off Belair Road and into a forest area, causing minor injuries. And in February 2012, one woman was killed and another was hospitalized when a vehicle crossed the …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A Perry Hall resident said he agrees with recent downzoning initiatives.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Perry Hall resident Philip V. Tamburello submitted the following letter to the editor. Dear Editor: It is no secret that schools in Perry Hall are over crowded, especially Perry Hall Senior High School which has fourteen temporary classrooms. It is no secret that Perry Hall’s main corridors and side streets are congested with traffic from early to late morning and from mid afternoon to early evening, even more so during the school year. It is no secret that Perry Hall’s underground water works is aging as evident by several incidents of underground water pipes breaking. Despite these obvious problems, developers are still intent on constructing high density residential housing in Perry Hall. As a Perry Hall resident for more than forty …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Development could be limited near Perryvale Road, east of Perry Hall High School.
County Councilman David Marks' downzoning streak in the Perry Hall area continues. Marks announced on Sunday a proposal to limit future development in nearly 12 acres near Perryvale Road. The property included under zoning issue 5-051 was once planned as an extension of Perry Hall Boulevard, connecting sections near Silver Spring Road and Chapel Road. East of Perry Hall High School, it stretches from Ebenezer Road to Kings Place off East Joppa Road and is owned by Baltimore County, according to Marks. Marks has proposed downzoning more than 11 acres of the property to DR 1, the lowest possible zoning permitted in a residential area. Currently, it is zoned at DR 5.5, which would allow for more than five homes per acre. He has also proposed …
Monday, April 9, 2012
A rule was adjusted in December 2011, following a complaint from a Perry Hall football coach about field closures following Hurricane Irene.
UPDATE (11:15 a.m.)—If inclement weather closes school fields to recreation organizations, Baltimore County Public Schools will coordinate with the county to close park fields as well, according to Superintendent Joe Hairston. "Therefore, there is consistency, between the school system and the Department of Recreation and Parks," Hairston stated in a letter to the County Council, dated March 30. The letter was in response to a request from County Councilman David Marks, on behalf of the County Council, for the adjustment of Rule 6303, which allows for the automatic closure of school fields whenever schools are closed countywide due to inclement weather. The County Council sent a request on March 20 for more flexibility to the rule, and to…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
A Perry Hall football coach said his team should not have been restricted from a school field days after Hurricane Irene.
UPDATE (1:25 p.m.)—Shortly after Hurricane Irene in August 2011, a Perry Hall football coach wasn't allowed to hold practice on the fields of Perry Hall Elementary School. The fields were free of debris, but because schools had been closed countywide, fields were closed to recreation groups, as well. "The frustrating part was that kids were still practicing on the [Department of Recreation and Parks'] fields—it was only the schools' fields that were closed," said Bill Lutostanski, who coaches 9 and under football. "I thought it was absurd." Lutostanski, who works as a Baltimore County firefighter, contacted County Councilman David Marks about the incident and submitted an op-ed to Patch. County officials are now asking county school …