Recently, I attended a number of events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and have been reading about the federal workers who are going through financial hardship because of the government shutdown. This quote from Martin Luther King Jr. seems appropriate for this week's newsletter: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" In the spirit of Dr. King, let's all reach out to our fellow Howard Countians who may be living in precarious conditions right now and give them the helping hand that will keep them from falling behind. I have witnessed many acts of generosity from my fellow residents and know that we will rise to this occasion.

County Council Updates

County Executive Calvin Ball announced a second petition filed on January 23, 2019, with the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals over the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval of a BWI expansion plan.

The County, in its latest petition, argues there has been little regard in the FAA’s approval process for the negative impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods. It further claims the agency is not making its decisions based on current and accurate data related to noise levels and other disruptions.

If the County’s petition is successful, the FAA would be required to conduct additional noise studies before any expansion moves forward. That data would then also be used in discussions about the controversial NextGen flight paths.

“As a member of the BWI Roundtable representing the Howard County Council, I have heard firsthand from those who are impacted every day by the relentless noise and harmful air pollution caused by the NextGen flight patterns,” stated Councilmember Deb Jung. “It is time for the FAA to act responsibly and balance commercial air traffic needs with the health and safety of the affected communities. We are grateful to County Executive Ball in supporting the efforts of the BWI Roundtable and the community by taking decisive legal action.”

Pre-Submission Meetings & Public Hearings
Pre-submission meetings and public hearings in and around D-4 include
  • Good Hope Presbyterian Church, conditional use, parking spaces, 2/11/19
  • Clarksville Crossing, 9 units, 2/11/19
  • Dar Al Taqwa, parking lot expansion, 2/12/19
  • AJ Gill property, single family detached unit, 2/13/19
Visit the county's interactive  Development Plans tool for dates and descriptions. 
Calling All Commuters
A public information meeting will be held to solicit public input on the county's Priority Letter , an annual request to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) for road and transit projects.

When: January 29, 7 to 9pm 
Where: Columbia/Ellicott Room,
George Howard Building

Impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown?
Howard County government has prepared this resource sheet to assist furloughed federal workers.

Click here for more information.
MIHU Information Workshop
The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) are now accepting applications for its Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program during its first open enrollment period of 2019.

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, January 31 .

Click here for more about the program and the application process .
MLK Essay Prize Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the student essay contest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's words: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Middle school student winners are:
1st Place – Nehemiah Lewis, 6th grade, Harpers Choice
2nd Place – Teniola Taiwo, 6th grade, Murray Hill
3rd Place – Reema Ayache, 6th grade, Clarksville

High school student winners are:
1st Place – Allison Alston, 11th grade, Reservoir
2nd Place – Chimmuanya Iheanyi-Igwe, 12th grade, Howard
3rd Place – Amen Owusu, 10th grade, Wild Lake

Potholes Be Gone
Got potholes and other repair requests? Report the problem and track the solution through SeeClickFix . Create a login, set your location, and rest assured that the county is working on it for you.
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