MINIMUM WAGE LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORSHIP

I have added my name as a co-sponsor of this important legislation. I share the belief that hard working hourly employees deserve a living wage. To that end, I applaud the intent of this bill.

However, I have some reservations and concerns about the implementation and impact the legislation may have on Baltimore’s small business community and its overall competitiveness when compared to surrounding jurisdictions.

I look forward to a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue in which all stakeholders have a seat at the table. It is my sincere hope that the introduction of this legislation will result in a robust discussion and debate on this critically important issue.

UPCOMING FOOTRACES ON SOUTH BALTIMORE PENINSULA

I realize that footraces on the South Baltimore Peninsula, specifically in Locust Point, have created some issues blocking residents in the neighborhood, and thus becoming a point of contention. I met on Friday (04/08) with Charm City Run (the organizer for at least three races) to discuss concerns and ensure there is ingress / egress for Locust Point residents.

Specifically, there are three upcoming footraces which impact Locust Point, the first two which allow ingress / egress from Locust Point, the third which I am still working on getting modified:

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MUNICIPAL TRASH CANS

According to DPW: “As part of the ongoing effort to keep our neighborhoods and waterways cleaner and healthier, Baltimore City is providing Municipal Trash Cans to every residential address that currently receives trash collection by the City. These durable, wheeled trash cans are equipped with attached, tight-fitting lids that have proven effective in keeping streets and alleys clean, and in deterring rodents. Trash can distribution will begin by early 2016.” More info on the new program is below: Read more

CRITICAL STORM INFORMATION

ALERT as of 11:30 PM on Friday, Jan 29: Phase II of the Snow Emergency Plan will be lifted on Saturday (Jan 30) at 12pm (Noon) in Baltimore City. Once Phase II is lifted, citizens will be able to resume parking along designated snow emergency routes. Effective at this time, Mayor Rawlings-Blake is also ending her declaration of a local state of emergency. (see DOT press release below) Read more

CREATING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUTH

Councilman Costello helped organize the first Building Trades Fair at Digital Harbor High School, held on Wednesday, Dec 16. The Building Trades Fair is a partnership between Digital Harbor, CHOICE Trades, which represents 17 organized labor trades unions in the Baltimore metropolitan area, and Councilman Costello.  Read more

STATUS UPDATE ON QUADRENNIAL AUDITS

The City Council’s Committee on Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee (TFED), held a hearing on the status of the Quadrennial Audits, on Nov 12. At the hearing, the Director of Department of Finance indicated that three of the five agencies in the first round were on schedule to be completed by Nov 30. As of Nov 30, below is the current status of all 13 audits (including the first round of five). Read more

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NOVEMBER 30TH

In advance of November 30, this communication provides important information on the first of six trials, related to the death of Freddie Gray, against Officer William Porter; and Baltimore Police Department (BPD) preparations.

For the trial, the very general timeline that can be expected for the trial is as follows: Read more

VALET ENFORCEMENT

In response to concerns raised by Valet Operators and Hosts regarding Valet enforcement, please see the attached response from Parking Authority and Department of Transportation. If you have any questions or concerns about anything in the letter, please direct them to Brian Thompson, Valet Regulations Manager at PABC, at brian.thompson@bcparking.com and he will coordinate responses.

 

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HOMESERVE COVERAGE

As winter is coming, this communication provides detailed information on optional coverage (HomeServe) for your home’s external water service and sewer service lines. My Office has received dozens of requests for information or questions on this optional coverage and we hope this communication will answer most, if not all, of these questions.

As a homeowner in Baltimore City, you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the external water service line from the exterior wall of your home to your property line; and for the sewer service line, from the exterior wall of your home to the property line or cleanout. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a leak, break or clog in these lines, it would be up to you to find a plumber and pay for the repairs, which could cost you thousands of dollars.

*** It is important to note that I am not endorsing this optional coverage, merely presenting the critical information you need to make the decision that best suits your home needs and financial situation. *** Read more

COSTELLO PUSHES BACK AGAINST RECOMMENDATION TO CLOSE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

Below is the letter submitted to the Board of Commissioners for Baltimore City Public Schools in response to the recommendation to close Renaissance Academy.

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