November 5, 2021
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Carroll County Legislative Delegation Public Hearing -
November 17, 2021 - see agenda below

  • COVID Update - Vaccines Authorized for Age 5 and above

  • Gov. Hogan's efforts to Re-fund the Police

  • Carroll County - $2 million in approved projects

  • Rt. 32 Road resurfacing project scheduled work
Carroll County Legislative Delegation
Public Hearing
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6:00pm
Reagan Room - County Office Building
225 North Center Street
Westminster

  • Once-a-Decade County Commissioner Redistricting Map

  • Carroll County-specific bill requests for the December 2021 Special Session and the 2022 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session


Below are the local Carroll County initiatives that will be discussed on November 17th:

DELEGATION LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES:

1. Approval of new County Commissioner District Map - The delegation will be reviewing the non-binding map recommendation put forward by the County's redistricting commission as well as an adjusted draft map that addresses community and stakeholder feedback. Delegation members are eager to hear more from the public on the potential districts. The commissioner map must pass through the Maryland General Assembly and into state law.
PROPOSED COMMISSIONER DISTRICTS
2. Quadrennial Consideration of Carroll County Commissioners and Carroll County Board of Education Salary & Benefits

3. Carroll County State’s Attorney – Private Practice - Prohibition: Legislation to codify the prohibition on Carroll County State's Attorney conducting private legal practice while in office.


REQUESTS FROM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:

4. Legislative Bond Initiatives: Individual Project Requests from local non-profit organizations


REQUESTS FROM CARROLL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS:

5. Carroll County – Public Facilities Bonds Authorization (Annual Request made by Carroll County Commissioners, authorizes capital borrowing)

6. Carroll County – Background Checks – At this time, current Carroll County law does not require all people who work for the county to have background checks. As Federal law changes, it has become necessary
to amend who gets a background check. This would eliminate having to make changes every time a new background check requirement occurs at the state or federal level.


Carroll County citizens are invited to hear the presentations and encouraged to submit oral or written comments on any of the local legislative proposals. To testify in person, attendees should arrive by 5:30 PM to sign in and are welcome to provide written copies of their testimony for distribution to the 11 Delegation members.

For those not able to attend in person, we also welcome public comment on any of these Legislative issues through e-mail:


COVID-19 UPDATES:

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Authorized for 5- to 11-Year-Olds


Following final approval by the CDC, state health officials have authorized providers across the state to immediately begin scheduling appointments, holding clinics, and vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds in Maryland. 

Parents and caregivers will have several options, including: 
  • Schools and Local Health Departments. In coordination with state health officials, all local school systems have agreed to facilitate clinics across the state.
  • Pediatrician and Family Physician Offices. Maryland health officials have worked with the state’s pediatric advisory group to enable pediatricians and family physicians to provide vaccines in their offices.
  • Pharmacies. The state’s pharmacy partners will receive allocations from the federal government and will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines for children.
Re-Fund The Police: Maryland State Police Salary Increases

Effective January 1, 2022, the state will increase the starting pay of trooper candidates by 45%.

Today, we are taking the first step in implementing our $150 million Re-Fund The Police Initiative by ensuring that we offer more competitive salaries to the troopers who will be putting their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. We need more investment in public safety so that we can recruit and retain quality officers, increase diversity, expand community policing efforts, improve training, and provide better technology and equipment.
“Instead of defunding the police, we are re-funding the police.
Governor Larry Hogan
CARROLL COUNTY NEWS
MDOT SHA to improve roadway surface on MD 32 (Sykesville Road) On Monday, November 1st, a project began to improve the roadway surface on MD 32 (Sykesville Road) in Carroll County. The daytime work will include repairing potholes, cracks and other defects on MD 32 between MD 97 (New Washington Road) and the Liberty Reservoir bridge south of Miners Ridge Road, a span of eight miles. The work will improve safety and provide a smoother driving surface on that stretch of MD 32.

The project is scheduled for Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is expected to be complete in December, weather permitting. Crews will use a flagging operation as they move along the roadway to perform the work. MDOT SHA will use electronic signs, cones and barrels to alert motorists about the work zone.
More Route 32 News:


MDOT SHA announced the completion of a $4.7 million project to improve the safety and operations on MD 32 (Sykesville Road) at the Bennett Road/Johnsville Road intersection.

Improvements include:
  • construction of a new 350-foot left turn lane on northbound MD 32 to Johnsville Road,
  • construction of a new 395-foot left turn lane on southbound MD 32 to Bennett Road,
  • installation of new sidewalks, curb and gutter,
  • improvements to area drainage,
  • installation of new traffic signals with turn arrows, and
  • resurfacing.

Learn more about this project by clicking here.
ADDITIONAL CARROLL COUNTY PROJECTS APPROVED:

$270,900 Carroll County Sports Complex to install a new standing seam metal roof with new gutters and downspout.

$146,100 Cape Horn Park to install new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project will also include a new accessible path from the parking lot as well as benches and signs.
 
$150,000 Bear Branch for a new pavilion, accessible walkway, and associated amenities.

$165,000 Charles Carroll Park for new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and associated amenities.

$288,000 Deer Park for a new lighting system at the multipurpose field.
 
$552,000 Hashawha & Bear Branch Nature Center to improve the existing roadways and parking facilities with asphaltic repairs and overlay.

$65,000 Hashawha Environmental Center for new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
$100,000 Landon C. Burns Park for new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
$227,000 Carroll Community College to replace heating and cooling equipment, the fire alarm system and the building envelope of Building A.
 
$175,000 Bark Hill Park to construct a new 8 foot wide and 3,800 foot long trail. Amenities include benches, signs, and dog waste stations.
 
$81,000 Leister Park to construct an additional 8 foot wide and 4,700 foot long trail segment for an ADA compliant connection to the surrounding neighborhood. Amenities include benches, signs, and dog waste stations.
A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development was approved to provide a $2,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program which finances rental housing that will be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. The loan will be made to Tremon Acquisition to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of 82 one-bedroom units for senior households, located at 505 Tremont Drive, Westminster.


 Also approved, a request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,000,000 grant to the Board of County Commissioners of Carroll County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of phase II of the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center 




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