The City Council’s Ways & Means Committee is preparing to hold FY2023 budget hearings during the week of May 31 – June 07, 2022. Baltimore City is on a record pace for homicides this year. I intend to ensure this issue is treated with the same sense of urgency that our communities demand and expect during the upcoming budget hearings. As such, the following letters were issued to the appropriate agencies in advance of their budget hearings.
BGE / MTA Natural Gas Main Installation to Begin in Riverside
SUMMARY: At the request of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), BGE will soon begin a multiple-month long project to install a new natural gas main to service the MTA’s MARC Train Yard located on the south side of the community (directly south of Riverside Park and Southside Shopping Plaza). The work, limited to portions of only five streets (as outlined below), will entail street cuts, installing new gas main pipes, and covering the street cuts daily (either asphalt or steel plates). Work on each affected street is expected to take two to three weeks. During these periods, some on-street parking restrictions will be posted.
WHO IS INVOVLED: This a BGE project to connect new gas service for one of their customers, the MTA. The gas main contractor will be Stella May – they will be responsible for street cuts (digging a trench), installing the new gas main, and laying down temporary asphalt / steel plates at the end of each work day. A paving / resurfacing contractor will be selected by BGE as the project progresses – they will be responsible for completing final restoration of the street after Stella May completes the new gas main installation. Assedo is a communications firm that BGE has hired to assist with communication to the community – they will be responsible for notifying residents and businesses who are directly affected and answering general questions from individual community members.
AFFECTED STREETS: This work will be limited to the following streets and specific blocks
- Lawrence St (from Harvey St to E Fort Ave)
- E Fort Ave (from Lawrence St to Boyle St)
- Boyle St (from E Fort Ave to E Heath St)
- E Heath St (from Boyle St to Webster St)
- Webster St (from E Heath St to past E Barney St at southern-end of Webster St
SCHEDULE AND SEQUENCING: The project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb 22 and progress in the following sequence, although this may be subject to change, with notice provided to affected residents and businesses.
- Webster St to E Barney St – 1 Week
- E Barney St to E Heath St – 1 Week
- E Heath to Boyle St – 1 Week
- Boyle St to E Fort Ave – 2 Weeks
- E Fort Ave from Boyle St to Lawrence St – 2 Weeks
- Lawrence St from E Fort Ave to Harvey St – 2 Weeks
- The service at the end of Webster St – 1 Week
PARKING RESTRICTIONS: We will work with BGE and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure as minimal disruptions to parking as possible. Parking restrictions will be in place and posted at least 72 hours in advance of taking effect. Please be sure to carefully follow any posted parking restrictions as failing to do so could result in citation, relocation, or tow.
COMMUNICATION TO THE COMMUNITY: BGE has provided the Riverside Neighborhood Association (RNA), State Delegate Luke Clippinger, and Councilman Eric T Costello the a Outreach Plan to the community which Assedo will be responsible for executing. This Outreach Plan was a result of a conference call between the above parties on Feb 11 to ensure a clear understanding of the scope and schedule of the project for those impacted in the community.
POINTS OF CONACT: for questions about the work on your street, please direct to:
- Assedo – Lineta Duren – LinetaD@assedollc.com – (410) 618-0102
For other questions or if you do not receive a timely reply, you are welcome to contact:
- Assedo – Malik Jordan – MalikJ@assedollc.com – (410) 618-0103
- Riverside Neighborhood Association – RNABaltimore@gmail.com
- Delegate Luke Clippinger – Luke.Clippinger@house.state.md.us – (410) 841-3488
- Councilman Eric T. Costello – firstname.lastname@example.org – (410) 396-4816
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as MTA makes improvements to its MARC Train facility.
DPW is launching a new recycling schedule to ensure predictable collections as they deal with staffing issues under this most recent surge in COVID. The new schedule will be bi-weekly: south of North Ave (which is the entire 11th District) will have curbside recycling collection on the normally scheduled day of the week during the week of January 25 – 28. More info and resources are below.
Link to the FAQs/Collections Update page:
Link to the Residential Drop Off Centers Info page:
Link to the Estimated Recycling Card Delivery Date page:
Link to the Recycling Services page:
The Baltimore City Health Department announced a new mask order, effective Monday, August 09, at 9:00am.
An FAQ with additional details will be released shortly. As soon as available, it will be posted here.
In the meantime, one question that continues to be raised is why is the City of Baltimore able to issue a mask order when the surrounding counties are not able to. The City Charter gives the City of Baltimore, specifically the Health Commissioner, the authority to do so.
Mayor Scott’s May 14 Executive Order
On May 14, Mayor Scott issues an Executive Order which rescinded previous City Executive Orders related to COVID-19 and defers to the State of Maryland moving forward. This removes all restrictions on gatherings and businesses, such as the number of people permitted in one place at an event at any given time or capacity and hours of operation limits for businesses.
The only exception is the City’s ‘Mask Order’ which supersedes guidance from the State of Maryland on wearing masks.
- Signed Executive Order: Executive Order – 2021.02.22
- Guidance From Health Department: Health Department Guidance – 2021.02.22
- Guidance From Liquor Board: Liquor Board Guidance – 2021.02.22
- Restaurant Contact Tracing Logs: Restaurant Contact Tracing Logs
- Indoor Gatherings cap of 10 people lifted – must adhere to occupancy limitations of space
- Outdoor Gatherings cap of 25 people lifted – must adhere to occupancy limitations of space
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – one-hour max for patrons lifted
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – indoor capacity remains at 25% of maximum occupancy
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – outdoor capacity still at 50% of maximum occupancy
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – Sign in sheets still required for contact tracing efforts
- Fitness classes – limited to 25% or 10 total persons, whichever is higher
- Live performances – permitted, performers must wear masks
- Organized amateur sports – outdoor – are permitted
- Organized amateur sports – indoor – are permitted at 25% occupancy, no more than 50 total persons in attendance
- Organized amateur sports – Tournaments and organized amateur sports events with teams from outside the State of Maryland are prohibited.
- Organized amateur sports – Face coverings should be worn by all participants engaged in the field of play and everyone present.
- Adult entertainment – prohibited
- Hookah lounges – prohibited except retail
- Cigar lounges – prohibited except retail
With 15 senior housing buildings in the 11th District, I have been working closely with the Baltimore City Health Department to clarify and communicate the vaccination plan for senior buildings.
The Health Department’s Mobile Vaccination Clinic has started the necessary work of vaccinating our seniors in the easiest possible way. While some senior buildings have already been covered by federal, state, and private clinical vaccination programs, the Health Department is working to provide first doses to all of the senior housing buildings by the end of April, hopefully sooner, provided there is enough vaccine supply.
The order of clinic dates is determined by a number of factors, including population density, social vulnerability index, and recent outbreaks. Representatives from the Health Department will be in the building knocking on doors prior to the vaccination date to notify and register residents, but pre-registration is not required to receive the vaccine. All staff members age 18+ and residents over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine. Second doses appointments – which need to occur roughly one month after the first dose – are scheduled with residents and staff on the day they receive their first dose.
The Health Department is scheduling clinic dates a week at a time, and the timeline will vary as factors such as the allotment of vaccines and guidance provided by the state determines supply and focus. If you have any questions about your specific senior building, please contact your management team.
If you wish to schedule an appointment independent of the above process, go online here: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine to find the best location. If there are literacy or internet access issues, please call 410-396-CARE (2273). You should call your primary care doctor and local pharmacy to get scheduled there as well. Finally, the State is recommending that you schedule a vaccination with as many different providers as possible to ensure you get the vaccination and get it as soon as possible.
- Executive Order: Signed Executive Order – 2021.01.22
- Guidance From Health Department: Health Department Guidance – 2021.01.22
- Guidance From Liquor Board: BLLC – General Guidance Document – Updated Permissions + Restrictions – 2-1-2021
- Logs: Restaurant Contact Tracing Logs
- Restaurants / bars / breweries are permitted to reopen indoor dining at 25% and outdoor dining at 50% capacity. Sign-in / sign-out sheets will be required to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts (similar to what Anne Arundel County is doing). There will be a one-hour time limit for patrons to encourage people to be mindful of how much time they are spending unmasked.
- Fitness classes permitted to resume with 10 or less participants with masks required.
- All indoor recreation sites permitted to reopen at 25% capacity with the exception of adult entertainment, hookah lounges, and cigar lounges. Hookah lounges and cigar lounges can continue retail but on-site consumption is prohibited.
- Streaming of live entertainment / performance is now permitted.
IN PROGRESS- PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER
There has been an uptick in reports of BGE and energy company scams across Baltimore City. Please see the following press release from BGE and the Maryland Public Services Commission (PSC) outlining the nature of the scams including helpful tips on how to avoid being a victim: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18h048F_7co3MVgbJIZoBv7oJrsGu7cZF/view?usp=sharing
These scams can occur mainly through phone calls or home visits.
Mayor Brandon Scott issued a new Executive Order which goes into effect on Friday, December 11, at 5pm. Notable restrictions in the Executive Order include the following:
- restaurants closed for indoor and outdoor dining (only takeout and delivery will be permitted)
- indoor gatherings limited to 10 people
- outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people
- religious facilities limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
- retail and shopping centers are limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
- indoor recreational establishments will be closed
- outdoor recreational establishments limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
- fitness centers are limited to 25% maximum occupancy
- personal service establishments are limited to 25% maximum occupancy
- cultural institutions are limited to 25% capacity
- indoor and outdoor theaters and performance venues will be closed
- horseshoe casino is limited to 25% maximum occupancy with no food or beverage service
The full text of the executive order may be viewed here: Executive Order
The press release may be viewed here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDBALT/bulletins/2b05a3e