NO CUTS TO CHARM CITY CIRCULATOR

I am thankful for Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s decision to ensure no cuts to the Circulator system for the current fiscal year. The Circulator has been a shining example of how public transportation should work with reliable, safe, and clean service. It has been wildly successful and has converted many car-reliant residents into regular Circulator riders.  I believe the Mayor recognizes the tremendous value of the system based on the feedback she has received from the community and sees the clear opportunity to improve its efficiency and operations through the current RFP process. Read more

NEW MARYLAND FLEET WEEK POST

Maryland Fleet Week 2016

There will be significant impacts to Locust Point and other parts of the 11th District (South Baltimore Peninsula, Downtown, Central West Baltimore, and Midtown) on Saturday, October 15 as a result of the following events: Read more

MARYLAND FLEET WEEK 2016 AND BALTIMORE RUNNING FESTIVAL

Maryland Fleet Week 2016

There will be significant impacts to Locust Point and other parts of the 11th District (South Baltimore Peninsula, Downtown, Central West Baltimore, and Midtown) on Saturday, October 15 as a result of the following events: Read more

2016 – 2017 YOUTH SNOW REMOVAL PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

The Department of Transportation would like to inform you that it is launching its Youth Snow Program again this year.  Through the program, DOT will pair Baltimore City residents who are either over the age of 65 or who are physically unable to shovel their snow due to a disability/medical issue with a student between the ages of 14 and 21 who will assist the resident with removing snow from the public right of ways adjacent to the resident’s property. Read more

“COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM” (AIR SURVEILLANCE PILOT BY BPD)

I was very surprised this week to learn about the “Community Support Program” (air surveillance program currently being piloted by BPD), reading about it on Bloomberg as virtually everyone else did. While the use of new technologies is essential in aiding BPD in the crime fight, seeking public input and protecting our privacy is of great concern to me. Read more

MIDTOWN – MOUNT ROYAL AVE STREETSCAPING

There was a DOT Public Meeting on the Midtown / Mount Royal Ave Streetscaping Plan — October 3, 2017. Several issues occurred during this meeting, which are outlined in my letter to DOT, attached below.

Below are files relevant to this project:

 

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PROPOSED CUTS TO THE CIRCULATOR

I am disheartened by the recommendation to cut service to the Charm City Circulator, especially the elimination of the Banner Route. The Circulator has been a shining example of how public transportation should work with reliable, safe, and clean service. It has been wildly successful and has converted many car-reliant residents into regular Circulator riders.  

While I firmly believe that eliminating these routes is short-sighted, I recognize the budget constraints and the lack of support in increasing the parking tax to fully fund the Circulator’s operations. Given that the system was to be funded on parking taxes and not on general funds, it is clear that either new funding source needs to be identified if parking tax rates cannot be increased. Read more

COSTELLO’S CHARTER AMENDMENT ON AUDIT REFORM

Through audit reform, our City government has a unique opportunity to further reduce property taxes and improve the quality and scope of City services. That is why I am asking your support for Ballot Question I (“aye”, not “one”) when you go to the election booth in November.

As you may know, prior to joining the City Council, I was an Auditor with the US Government Accountability Office. This experience has given me a deep appreciation for the benefits to be gained through effective performance and financial auditing.  Read more

BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S CITYWIDE ZIKA PLAN

Attached please find the Health Department’s Citywide Zika plan along with two informational sheets about the Zika virus.  The Citywide plan summarizes the Health Department’s strategy, developed in coordination with over 20 city agencies as well as our state and federal partners, to ensure a strong response to the threat of Zika.

 

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COSTELLO, KRAFT, & COUNCIL PUSH FOR STORMWATER ACTION

Baltimore City

For Immediate Release, June 8, 2016

Costello, Kraft, & Council Push for Stormwater Action

On April, 18th 2016, Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello (11th District) introduced two City Council resolutions that call for public hearings, one to collect information on how the City is spending its stormwater management fee, the other to investigate ways to move stormwater-related projects forward as quickly as possible. A public hearing on this topic will take place today (June 8, at 5pm) in the City Council Chambers on the fourth floor of City Hall, and will be chaired by Councilman Jim Kraft of the Judiciary & Legislative Investigations Committee. Read more