August 2022
Delegate Saab
is
At Your Service


Each month, I keep you posted with what's going on hoping you stay informed and engaged. When you know better, you do better! 
Stay Connected 
Tax-Free Week
Shop Maryland, Shop Local
August 14-20, qualifying clothing and footwear priced $100 or less will be exempt from Maryland’s six percent sales tax. The first $40 of back/bookbag sales also qualify.

A list of exempt and taxable items is available at www.marylandtaxes.gov
Mental Health
Now, anyone experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicide crisis can call or text 988 or chat with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
Happening in Your Community
REGION 4: If you live in Severna Park, Arnold, Cape St. Claire, or Broadneck, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, August 10th, for a county event: Making the Best Place for All Community Summits. Location: Severna Park Middle School 450 Jumpers Hole Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146 starting at 6 pm to discuss education, the environment, and public safety, as well as other local issues.
REGION 5: If you live in Odenton, Piney Orchard, Gambrills, Woodwardville, Two Rivers, and Crofton, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, August 24th, for a county event: Making the Best Place for All Community Summits. Location: Village Commons Community Center 1326 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD 21054, starting at 6 pm to discuss education, the environment, and public safety, as well as other local issues.
REGION 3: If you live in Severn or Millersville, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 5th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., for a county event: Making the Best Place for All Community Summits. Location: Van Bokkelen Elementary School 1140 Reece Rd, Severn, MD 21144, to discuss education, the environment, and public safety, as well as other local issues.

Crofton/Gambrills
Crofton Express Shuttle
Are you familiar with the Crofton Express Shuttle? This service is provided by the Anne Arundel County Office of Transportation with stops in the Village at Waugh Chapel, Waugh Chapel Town Center, Crofton Country Club, and Westfield Mall. It operates Monday through Friday, 7am - 7pm and is fare free to all county residents. Click HERE for additional information.
Out in the community: National Night Out 2022 in Crofton!
Got to meet so many of my amazing constituents. I’m thankful for our local law enforcement who continue to keep our communities safe and work hard to maintain a level of trust in our neighborhoods. I know NNO means a lot to many of us.
Crownsville

Discussed at the County's Community Summit for REGION 6: The Board of Public Works voted unanimously to transfer the former Crownsville Hospital Center property to Anne Arundel County on July 6. However, the actual real estate transaction will take several months to complete.
The County Executive announced his plan to turn the site into a county park named Crownsville Hospital Memorial Park. The County will launch a thoughtful master planning process in the coming months. The County Executive expressed his vision to preserve the vast majority of the site as parkland. The County will pursue remediation of some of the existing structures to serve health and wellness programs, but that work will take considerable time. The current leases with several nonprofits on the site will continue.
The county is in the process of establishing a Crownsville planning committee, which will include county staff as well as community stakeholders. The County also received $30.5 million of funding from the State budget to assist with the remediation of the site.

MDVA Hosts Dignified Burial Ceremonies For Unaccompanied Veterans
Recently, I had attended a dignified burial ceremony for unaccompanied veterans who honorably served our nation.

If you would like to be kept in the loop about these kind of ceremonies, click HERE
Bacon Ridge Natural Area - Severn Chapel
The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking Public Comments on the draft master plan for Bacon Ridge Natural Area - Severn Chapel. The draft Master Plan is available for review and comment on the Rec and Parks website.

The Severn Chapel portion of Bacon Ridge Natural Area comprises the 150-acre former Forney property, located off the 1500-block of Severn Chapel Road in Crownsville. The new area is an expansion of the existing 1,124-acre Bacon Ridge Natural Area. The project will include added hiking and multi-use trails, a mountain bike skills course, parking, a homestead interpretative area with historic tobacco barns, and park operations and support facilities.
Easing Summer Congestion on the Broadneck Peninsula

MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith met with residents at the Broadneck Council of Communities (BCC) general meeting on February 24, 2022.

My office and Administrator Smith listened to resident's concerns and discussed possible alternatives regarding traffic congestion resulting from motorists using local service roads. MDOT SHA put together a survey for BCC residents where they were able to consider multiple concepts regarding traffic congestion relief that MDOT SHA proposed--over 100K survey responses were submitted! The survey was active from February 24 - March 31, 2022.

The executive summary of the survey results is located on MDOT SHA's Project Portal page at :
 

The response from Broadneck residents to the 4 alternatives offered by the SHA to improve Bay Bridge Service Road weekend traffic was negative on the following options:
  1. Operational improvements to include slower speeds and road maintenance upgrades
  2. System Preservation – add shared use path and keep traffic direction as is.
  3. Traffic Flow: geometric alterations w/directional changes.
  4. Allowed responders to submit personal suggestions and ALL requested closure of the Oceanic Dr ramp to stop jumpers to the service roads from reentry to E/B #50 for Bridge crossing.

My office has urged our congressional representatives to 1) Be creative in how the federal government can speed up the process of the study 2) Find a way to offer some sort of relief or advocate for an exception to be made on who can use the service roads so our residents are NOT trapped in their homes.
MDOT SHA reminds motorists to stay on US 50 to leave local roads open to emergency responders and residents. August 4 through August 7, MDOT SHA will perform a pilot ramp-management operation, collecting traffic data on the ramp from Oceanic Drive to eastbound US 50/301. Expect delays and traffic impacts along the service roads.
Severna Park, Arnold, Cape St. Claire, Broadneck Communities (Region #4 )

The Anne Arundel County Region Plans are community-driven land use documents that build on the work of Plan2040—the Countywide General Development Plan—in smaller areas. Follow the progress of the Region #4 Special Advisory Committee (SAC) that is now in a multi-year commitment to draft the report that follows the final report of of the P2040 Citizens' Advisory Committee-(CAC). Our Region #4 is among the first 3 Regions -actively working on their SAC plans- estimated to be completed within 3 years. Then the remaining Regions will work on their plans with the same time commitments.

The final outcome of the SAC's determinations will be presented to the County Council for final oversight with potentially new legislation. The Plan will then be voted in as our new 'General Development Plan' that will serve as the GUIDELINE for land use planning/zoning decisions for many years to come.

You can sign up for regular email updates on Region 4 Planning on the County Website HERE

Please take some time to review the work done by your Region #4 SAC HERE
Get Involved in Local Government
Apply to serve on the Administrative Charging Committee (ACC)
Applications will be open July 15 - August 15, 2022
Membership
In accordance with state law, the ACC shall be composed of:
·   The Chair of the Police Accountability Board (PAB), or another member of the PAB designated by the Chair of the PAB.
·   Two civilian members selected by the county's PAB.
·   Two civilian members selected by the Chief Executive Officer of the county.
 
Duties
In accordance with state law, the duties of the ACC shall include:
·   Reviewing the findings of the law enforcement agency that conducted the investigation, and requesting additional information as needed.
Making a determination to charge or not charge the police officer subject to complaint.

Board and Commission Vacancies--Opportunities to Get Involved
Anne Arundel County Government is currently filling vacancies for several Boards and Commissions. The County currently has vacancies on the Social Services Board, Odenton Town Center, Commission on Disability Issues, Citizens Environmental Commission, Spending Affordability Committee and more!

Click HERE to learn more about the different boards and commissions and consider applying.
Small Business
Eligible Child Care Providers Can Apply for Child Care Stabilization Grants
Governor Hogan announced that the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has opened the application window for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and will be accepting applications through Monday, August 29. 

These grants will be disbursed in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to help address the financial burdens and operational challenges faced by child care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 
Grant funds may be used to support the developmental and learning needs of children, promote equitable access to high-quality child care, and support a professional workforce that is fairly and appropriately compensated for their essential skilled work.

Click HERE for further information regarding Eligibility and Timeline
Maryland's Project Restore 
Application Deadline: Thursday, September 8, 2022, or when grant requests exceed available funding
 
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, through Project Restore, is providing financial support to Maryland’s existing or new businesses to help incentivize commercial investment in vacant retail and commercial properties.​
 
Project Restore provides two grant opportunities for businesses, including nonprofits, that are expanding, moving to, or opening in a property that was previously vacant for at least six months:
 
Property Assistance Grant: Provides up to $30,000 for one year to support costs associated with rent, mortgage payment or property improvements as applicable.

AN INTERESTING READ--Special Report on 2020 Anne Arundel County Business Patterns
A special report on Anne Arundel County's business landscape is now available. Featuring U.S. Census data from the recently-released 2020 County Business Patterns and the 2016 through 2020 annual releases, the 2020 Anne Arundel County Business Patterns Report answers questions such as:

  • How many employer businesses are in the county, what is their size, and where are they located?
  • Which industries are growing and shrinking, how many people do they employ, and where are they located?
  • Where are jobs concentrated in Anne Arundel County?

For in-depth answers to these questions and many more, click HERE

Non-Profits
Grants to humanities-focused Maryland nonprofits. With initial seed funding of $500,000 from the State of Maryland, the SHINE (Strengthening the Humanities Investment in Nonprofits for Equity) Grants program launches this fall. Through SHINE, they will provide 50 general operating support grants of $10,000 each. Applications will be accepted August 18–September 15. Organizations can use these grants for expenses like rent, utilities, and equipment. Guidelines and eligibility requirements are now available on our website.
Outreach and Restoration - Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant
The Outreach and Restoration grant program with the Chesapeake Bay Trust 
welcomes applications with projects in the state of Maryland on outreach, community engagement activities, and on-the-ground restoration projects.
 
Apply by August 10th at 4:00pm HERE.
Thank you for your support.

Delegate Saab, born and raised in Lebanon, moved to the greatest country, The United States, at the age of 19 to live a life with opportunities, freedom and overall safety. All of which he would not have been afforded in his home country. Having been elected and sworn into office in 2015, he has not only been an active member in his community but has dedicated his time in public service to the residents of District 33.

I will be taking appointments by phone and through zoom, please email the office & my dedicated staff will assist you. I rely on hearing from constituents and their views on legislation so I can best represent this district. You can email my office at sid.saab@house.state.md.us or call my office at (410)841-3551.