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  1. Baltimore County Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day

    Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

     Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, February 15, in recognition of Presidents’ Day.  Health department clinics, libraries and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. Parking meters must be fed and Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garages will be open as usual.

    Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule.  The County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open.  Residents can log onto www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste for more information about recycling and trash collection, including schedules and drop-off center locations and hours.  Residents may also call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:27:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Baltimore_County_Offices_Closed_for_Presidents_Day_
  2. Good Jobs, Meet Good Workers

    An American Success Story

    “I can’t tell you how great it felt to walk across that stage in front of my friends and family to accept a certificate in a field that gives me such gratification,” said Nakia Britton after completing her medical assistance training at Fortis Institute. The journey started at the Hunt Valley American Job Center, where Career Resource Specialist Cathy Schweigman connected Nakia to resources she needed to get her certificate, all the while providing guidance and encouragement. 

    Providing a motivated talent pool of well-trained workers is job one for economic and workforce development in Baltimore County. Listening to the real needs of both employers and workers helps build a positive cycle of economic success.  When companies are successful, they offer more opportunities and add more jobs.   

    Baltimore County’s American Job Centers in Eastpoint, Hunt Valley and Randallstown are where good jobs meet good workers. Watch this short video to see these partnerships in action.

    Nakia recently accepted a full time position at University of Maryland Orthopedic Associates. 

    Bryan Dunn
    Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:42:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Good_Jobs_Meet_Good_Workers
  3. As County Prepares for Another Storm, Officials Review Snow Removal Costs, Protocols and Communication Strategies

    — January Blizzard Most Costly in County History

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that in the wake of the heaviest – and most costly – single snowstorm in the County’s history, crews and equipment are ready to tackle tonight’s forecasted snow, and salt supplies are replenished with final deliveries taking place today. The Kamenetz administration increased salt storage capacity by 20,000 tons this year, bringing the total to 80,000 tons of salt stored in 15 salt barns around the County.

    The Baltimore County Bureau of Highways crews and contractors will be working around the clock tonight, and for as long as is needed to clear roads for safe travel.

    Winter Storm Jonas Was the Costliest Single Snowstorm in County’s History

    January’s blizzard brought not just the highest snow accumulations on record, it also topped the charts in terms of the cost of snow removal for a single storm in Baltimore County history. The County has tallied the total storm expenses at $9.4 million dollars. This eclipses the 2010 twin snowstorms, which cost $4 million and $7 million individually. 

    It costs approximately $54,000 per hour to plow snow from Baltimore County’s 8,742 County-maintained roads and approximately $109,000 per hour to spread salt.

    This storm has exceeded the $6 million “placeholder” figure the County listed in the Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget for storm operations. The County routinely transfers funds into this budget line item from undesignated surplus when needed to cover additional costs for snow removal.

    “It is important to keep in mind that this $6 million figure is simply a starting point,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We will allocate whatever is needed to ensure public safety for the remainder of the winter. Whatever Mother Nature throws at us, we will handle.”

    County Reviewing Communications Protocols for Major Storms

    While feedback from County residents has been overwhelmingly positive regarding the job that Baltimore County crews did in removing this historic snowfall, one concern that did arise was the need to increase capacity for customer service calls during storm emergencies. Kamenetz said he has tasked his key staffers with recommending technical and other improvements to enhance the County’s customer service in times of emergency. He hopes to have those recommendations within the next month.

    County Provides Storm Updates on Website and Social Media

    Residents and the travelling public can get updated information about Baltimore County’s snow removal operations and road conditions on the County website and on Twitter.

    The County website provides the latest on road conditions, current plowing operations, winter storm tips and more at the Snowfighter web page at baltimorecountymd.gov/snowfighter, which also includes Twitter updates from Baltimore County Emergency Management. These updates are also available on Twitter by using our Twitter handle, @bacoemergency.

    The County Snowfighter web feature provides a link to live traffic camera feeds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART). It also offers a link to the County’s list of road closures, which provides details on roads that are currently closed due to repairs, accidents, weather or other hazards. This list is updated frequently, so we recommend that people check back often for the latest status. State roads and interstates are not included. For information on state roads, please see the Maryland Department of Transportation’s travel advisories and road closures web page at http://www.chart.md.gov/TravInfo/Default.aspx.

    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:25:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/As_County_Prepares_for_Another_Storm_Officials_Review_Snow_Removal_Costs_Protocols_and_Communication_Strategies
  4. Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.9%

    Baltimore County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9% in December, continuing the positive employment trend in Maryland’s third largest jurisdiction. The unemployment rate began at 6.2% in January 2015 and steadily dropped by 1.3 percentage points, with only minor fluctuations, to end the year with December’s 4.9% rate. 

    “More and more, Baltimore County residents continue to find jobs. This upward trend signals a strengthening local economy,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "While that is great progress, we cannot rest until everyone who wants a job has a job.”

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:10:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Unemployment_Rate_Falls_to_49_
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