As I settle in to this job, I am pleased to see the level of community engagement on various issues around the County. I will do my best to be present and respond to your requests for assistance when asked and be proactive when it is clear that community input is needed. Your concerns are important to me.

On a different note, winter weather is upon us and I was pleased to see that our snowplowing efforts were very effective. To follow the snow plows, you can click here . Stay warm out there!
Council Updates
Current legislation was introduced to the public on January 7, 2019. The majority of the bills are County resolutions or bills requested by the County Executive. CB3 and CB4 are sponsored by County Councilmember Liz Walsh, District 1, and deal with historic districts and disturbances of steep slopes, respectively.

Watch the archived livestream here .
Health & Housing
County Council's Issues Briefing Series
Welcome to the New Chiefs
County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball appointed Lisa Myers to be the first female African American to lead the Howard County Police Department. My council office is excited to work with this experienced and accessible leader.

I'm also honored to be working with Christine Uhlhorn, a third-generation firefighter and the first female to lead the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services. She has already proven herself to be a valuable collaborator by agreeing to meet with the community about the new North Columbia fire station. Details about this meeting will be announced soon.
Environmental Sustainability Board Legislative Breakfast
The Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board, which provides environmental policy advice to the county, sponsored a legislative breakfast on January 8, 2019 that included board members, elected officials, and environmental advocates. The board's chair, Dr. Mark Southerland, and featured speakers gave an overview of state-level bills and initiatives, ranging from climate change mitigation and adaptation to plastic-use reduction and forest conservation. A question and answer discussion with elected officials followed.

The primary environmental issue facing the state is climate change and how to adapt and mitigate for it. Legislative efforts aim to reduce carbon emissions and sequester carbon in agricultural soils and forests, produce and consume renewable energy, reduce food waste, and improve public education. The following bills are being pursued this session:

  • Clean Energy Jobs Act - Sets a goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030 
  • Healthy Green Amendment - Guarantees citizen's rights to a clean and safe environment in the state constitution
  • Plastic bag fee in Howard County  
  • Ban on expanded polystyrene
  • Forest Conservation Act - Reform of the fee-in-lieu forest bank program and definition of a forest
  • Bird Safe buildings - Building requirements to reduce bird collisions
The Price Tag of Climate Change
In 2017, $306 billion worth of damage was related to natural disasters associated with climatic changes.
Pre-Submission Meetings & Public Hearings
Pre-submission meetings and public hearings in and around D-4 include
  • Resubdivision of Cherry Brae, Lot 1, 1/17/19
  • Highland Office Building, infill application, 1/25/19
  • Howard Research & Development Corp., administrative appeal, 1/25/19
  • Good Hope Presbyterian Church, conditional use, parking spaces, 2/11/19
Visit the county's interactive  Development Plans tool for dates and descriptions. 
County Executive's Listening Session

Wilde Lake High School
January 16, 7-8.30pm

Happy Korean-American Day

The County Executive and the County Council passed a resolution to celebrate Korean-American Day, which marks the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the U.S. in 1903. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin attended the ceremony along with leaders in the Howard County Korean Community. 
Community Affairs