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  1. Kamenetz presents Baltimore County Hero Pin to County housing inspector who saved a man’s life

    Event promotes hands-only CPR

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz hosted a packed house this morning when he presented a Baltimore County Hero Pin to County housing inspector Phil Walker, who is credited with saving the life of an employee of a Pikesville condominium.

    Last November, Walker had completed a routine HUD inspection at 130 Slade Avenue Condominium in Pikesville when he spotted a man lying outside the building. Finding him to be non-responsive he immediately called 911 and began administering chest compressions until he was relieved by Baltimore County paramedics.

    The victim, Patrick O’Hara, has made a full recovery and continues in his position as a maintenance person working for 130 Slade Avenue Condominium. Phil Walker, a Navy veteran, lives in Baltimore City and works for the Baltimore County Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections as a Code Inspection and Enforcement Officer.

    “We couldn’t be prouder of our County employee Phil Walker, whose quick thinking and decisive actions saved another man’s life,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “CPR is simpler than it’s ever been, and you never know when you might find yourself in a similar situation, so it’s important for everyone to learn the simple technique of hands-only CPR,” he said.

    Fire Lt. Gentry Fitzpatrick, who responded to the incident, conducted a demonstration of hands-only CPR and promoted this easy, life-saving technique. The County Fire Department’s “Lend a Hand. Save a Life.” campaign encourages average citizens to learn the three simple steps of responding to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest:

    1. Call 911.  
    2. Push hard on the center of the chest.
    3. If possible, use a portable defibrillator, also known as an AED, which are located in many public places.

    The pin presentation ceremony was attended by friends, family and co-workers of Mr. Walker and Mr. O’Hara, as well as a number of first responders and 911 Center staff members who participated in the emergency call.  

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:44:00 GMT
  2. Keeping the drinking water flowing

    By Steve Walsh, Director of Public Works

    Baltimore County plays a unique role in providing the public water supply for the entire Baltimore metropolitan area. Loch Raven, Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs are located here, storing water to meet the needs of the growing region. Now, additional water will be stored in new above-ground reservoirs being built in Fullerton.

    This is a huge undertaking: three vast above-ground reservoirs holding 62 million gallons of water are under construction near Bucks School House Road, next to a pumping station.  

    (Rendering courtesy of Gannett Fleming)

    The $80 million project, scheduled to be completed in three years, is part of a multi-generational plan to provide water for the growing Baltimore metropolitan area. The Fullerton reservoirs will provide greater water storage, help supply potable water to large portions of the region, and ensure water is available for fire protection. 

    This critical infrastructure helps ease dry seasons today and invests so future generations have a reliable public water supply.

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:50:00 GMT
  3. Real-time winter storm operations information available online from Baltimore County Department of Public Works

    Stormfighter web feature enables residents to report issues directly to emergency managers

    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 reminds residents that during very heavy snowfall, crews must concentrate on keeping main roads cleared and may require 48 hours, or more, after the snow has stopped to clear neighborhood and feeder roads.

    Stormfighter web feature

    The County’s new Stormfighter interactive web feature provides residents with a direct line to communicate storm-related concerns to the County’s emergency managers, rather than phoning the Department of Public Works (DPW). The Stormfighter reporting form available to the public is the same form as County call-takers use to input callers’ concerns. The system integrates with GIS mapping applications and provides real-time visual map-based data to assist DPW and emergency managers in responding to severe storms or other localized or regional emergencies.

    The County website offers the latest on road conditions, current plowing operations, winter storm tips and more at, which includes Twitter updates from Baltimore County Emergency Management. These updates are also available on Twitter by using our Twitter handle, @BACOemergency.

    County officials remind residents that in cases of true medical or other emergencies, they should always call 911. During major storm emergencies, first responders coordinate with DPW and other resources to continue responding to fires, urgent medical needs and other emergency situations. 

    Live Traffic Camera Feeds and Road Closures Now Included

    The County Stormfighter web feature includes recent upgrades to assist travelers. The page now 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 those roads, please see the Maryland Department of Transportation’s travel advisories and road closures web page at  

    Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:15:00 GMT
  4. New urban park coming to Towson courthouses

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled the final rendering for the new urban park to be located between the Historic Courthouse and County Courts building in Towson. Flanked by memorials to fallen police and fire fighters, the new plaza will create usable green space for the people who live, work and visit downtown Towson.

    “The acclaimed Towson courthouse gardens have long been a source of pride for our county," said County Executive Kamenetz.  "This new green setting at the opposite side of the Historic Courthouse will be a wonderful addition to the grounds and provide a welcoming venue for people to gather during the week and for special events. We worked with community and civic groups to achieve a special design.”

    The new greenspace will replace an impervious concrete and paver courtyard centered by a fountain that has not functioned for several years.  Leaks in the fountain’s infrastructure require immediate reconstruction of a significant portion of the plaza. Repairs must take place on a tight time frame to avoid additional costly damage to office spaces and technology systems located below the plaza. 

    The County consulted with the Towson Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA) and representatives of the fire and police unions and memorial associations to gather input on the design. The design was developed by Rubeling & Associates, a Towson architectural firm.

    “The County Council is always delighted when green space is added to a neighborhood,” said Council Chair Tom Quirk. “I commend the administration for involving key members of the community in the design of this new open space.”

    “I can’t wait until we cut the ribbon for this new park area,” said Nancy Hafford, Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. “My head is already spinning at the possibilities that this new space creates.”

    “I was pleased to be asked to provide input as to what should be reflected in the final design,” stated Paul Hartman, a member of the GTCCA. “I think the company did a great job trying to capture everyone’s ideas. I am especially happy about the plan to increase greenspace and reduce hardscape."

    "The improvements to Patriot Plaza will make the Baltimore County Police Memorial more visible and accessible, while ensuring that the monument continues to provide a solemn tribute to officers who made the ultimate sacrifice," said Retired Colonel Dennis Robinson, Chair of the Baltimore County Police Memorial Fund. “I want to thank the County Executive and his team for their thoughtful consideration of our recommendations.”

    Retired Fire Chief Elwood Bannister added, “Anything that we can do to educate more people about our tribute to our fallen fire fighters is greatly appreciated. I find this new design very respectful of our monument.”

    Funds for the project, estimated to cost between $3 and $4 million, were approved by the County Council in the FY2017 operating budget. The new green plaza is expected to be completed in June 2018.

    Baltimore County has spent more than $57 million on open space and recreational projects since 2010. “Giving families open space and gathering places is central to the quality of life in our communities,” concluded Kamenetz.

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:15:00 GMT
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