Howard County Council District 5 News
August Edition
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David Yungmann
Howard County Council, District 5
Save the date: Town Hall Meeting
District 5's next Town Hall will be on Monday, September 9th at 7:00 pm at the Glenwood Branch Library. This Town Hall will focus on issues affecting Western Howard County communities. Representatives from the  Howard County Police Department will be present to discuss crime and crime prevention. Hope to see you there!
Council Legislation
All current and past legislation can be found using this link !
The Council unanimously passed CR-108-2019 which calls for a performance audit of several specific functions of the Howard County Public School System. This audit will focus on the Health and Dental Fund, Budgeting and Actual Expenditure Variance, Personnel Cost Development, Supplemental Income/Non-Salary Benefits and Procurement. Information regarding Fleet Management, Financial Commitments and Legal Fees will be shared by the school system outside of the performance audit. The cost of audit will be borne by the County, but is capped at $250,000. We hope that the findings and resulting improvements will offset the cost of the audit and be useful to us in the next budget cycle.
Mark your calendars: Valley Mede/ Chatham Stormwater Projects Update
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will hold a community meeting on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 pm at the Miller Branch Library to discuss the Valley Mede and Chatham stormwater management and flood mitigation projects that are in various stages of planning or construction. DPW representatives will be available to answer questions and provide an update on how the $4.2M approved in this year's budget is being used to move projects forward.

Last month, DPW held a meeting to discuss the Greenway Drive drainage improvement project. This project includes new inlets, new storm drain pipes, and repairs to the outfall channel to increase the efficiency of drainage. A start date has not yet been set, but is expected to begin this fiscal year. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can contact Christine Lowe ( with DPW's Stormwater Management Division, to view the plans.
The Roving Radish promotes a farm-to-table community here in Howard County. Residents can purchase affordable meal kits sources from local and regional farms. Meal kits include two recipes with all the ingredients needed to prepare two dinners for a family of four. To learn more and place an order click here!

The Roving Radish also has volunteer opportunities! If you would like to volunteer, give back to our community, and support our local farms click here!
Are you a restaurant or business that purchases from local farms? HOCO Fresh recognizes those that support Howard County Farms! In collaboration with Howard County's Office of Community Sustainability and the Economic Development Authority, Howard County is granting certificates of recognition for local businesses that become HOCO Fresh!

To learn more about this new program, click here.
Howard County FFA wins State Contest
The Maryland FFA Livestock Evaluation CDE was held last month and the Howard County team placed first! This team will now represent Maryland FFA at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October. Best of luck at Nationals!

Pictured: Colby Hough, Kevin Spicer, Makenzie Hereth, and Kelly Spicer
Farm Academy Fair Tours
During fair week, the Farm Academy offered self-guided tours for visitors. On Thursday, 600 kids took part in the tours.This was a great way for Howard County residents to learn more about our agricultural community! To learn more about the Farm Academy, click here!
At the end of July, children ages 7-13 years old completed this year's Farmer Brown Camp. The Farmer Brown Camp gives the campers the opportunity to become a farmer for a week. While exploring the farm owned by the Brown Family, children learn about plants, animals, and outdoor skills. To learn more about this exciting camp for kids, click here!
Government 101
Howard County Soil Conservation District
The Howard County Soil Conservation District is a unique partnership of State, Federal and local entities focused on the improvement and conservation of the county's natural resources. The staff at the Howard County SCD review sediment and erosion control plans and participate Howard County's weekly subdivision Review Committee. They also provide assistance to homeowners, community associations, and county departments with any questions or natural resource concerns.

The Howard County SCD's website provides helpful services for both homeowners and landowners. For more information on Howard County SCD click here to visit their website.
Maryland Multi-Housing Association Service Training Academy
The Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA)  is accepting students for their Service Training Academy!

MMHA teaches 48 students annually the skills needed to be service technicians in apartment communities. This three month, free program includes maintenance training and a paid apprenticeship.

For more information click here .
Development in District 5
To view District 5's development web-page, click here .
Residents can also view local development plans on Howard County's Search Development Plans Website.
Community Events!
Howard County Farmers' Markets
Farmers Markets are open at various locations around the county. The 2019 Farmers' Market Schedule can be found here.
Food Truck Tuesdays!
Join the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department for Food Truck Tuesdays every Tuesday from 4-8 pm. Featuring over 12 Food Trucks offering both savory and sweet options. Bring the whole family and your friends and enjoy!
Turf Valley Thursday Night Concert Series!
The Turf Valley Towne Square hosts Free Thursday Concert Series through August 29th! For a full list of performers, click the link above. Also...don't forget a chair or blanket!
August Pancake Breakfast & Spaghetti Dinner!
Come out and support the Lisbon Fire Department as they work to raise money for their new building! Their famous Pancake Breakfast will be on August 11th from 7:30-11:30 am. And the All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be on August 28th from 4:30-7:30 pm!

To learn more, click here!
Valley Mede 5k and Fun Run!
This is the 10th year the Valley Mede Community has hosted the Cypressmede Race! This year, the run will support Voices for Children, a local non-profit that advocates in court to ensure each child has a safe and permanent home. This run will take place on Monday, September 2nd at 3100 Fawnwood Drive in Ellicott City.

For more information, click here!
Howard County Government Calendar
**The County Council is on recess the month of August**
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