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

BGE OPERATION PIPELINE – SOUTH BALTIMORE II

Starting on Monday, May 16, BGE will be working on Randall St, Marshall St, Covington St, and Webster St, all south of Fort Ave, to install a new gas main. Service installations to individual properties are expected to on or around July 12 on E Randall St at Marshall St. Residents will be informed of when this will begin via door hangars. To schedule the exact date of the new service installation, please contact the number on the door hangar. Read more

THANK YOU

Thank you to the voters of the 11th District for rewarding me with a full four year term. I am truly humbled by your overwhelming support.

Thank you to the four candidates who ran against me. You challenged me to work harder than I could have ever imagined, and I will take that same level of effort into my first full term. It is refreshing to see other young leaders that share my same passion for Baltimore City, and I believe you all have very bright futures. Read more

BALTIMORE SUN ENDORSES COUNCILMAN COSTELLO

I am proud to announce that today I was enthusiastically endorsed​ by​ The Baltimore Sun to continue as Councilman of the 11th District (full print version below.)

A staple of our City, T​he Sun has always stepped up to the task of keeping constituents engaged and informed during each Election. Read more

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