14th District “Hear & Be Heard”

 Dear Neighborhood Leaders and Friends,

For your information, here is a list of hearings coming up in October and November for which I am a lead or co-sponsor.  Just to share a “flavor” of the diversity of issues we seek to address through legislation and public hearing input. Please feel free to email committee members with your comments. All hearings are public and welcome public testimony (for which sign-up sheets are available at the hearing). Unless otherwise noted, City Council hearings are conducted at City Hall, in the 4th floor City Council Chambers. (If you decide to attend, please note that picture ID is required for admission to City Hall.)  

 Thanks. Mary Pat

 

Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing on

A “Dollar House” Program for the 21st Century

Wednesday - October 25

5:00 pm 

City Council Chambers, 4th floor

City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street

(Picture ID required for admission to City Hall.)  

To be televised on CharmTV Channel 25

17-0037R FOR the purpose of calling on the City to develop a 21st Century “Dollar House” program that could revitalize marginal neighborhoods by matching construction ability at the grass roots of Baltimore to production of affordable housing for workers' families and neighbors.

 

If unable to attend, please email your comments to the following

Housing & Urban Affairs committee members:

 

John Bullock, chair John.Bullock@baltimorecity.gov

Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, vice chair Isaac.Schleifer@Baltimorecity.gov

Kristerfer Burnett, Kristerfer.Burnett@baltimorecity.gov

Bill Henry, Bill.Henry@baltimorecity.gov

Shannon Sneed, Shannon.Sneed@baltimorecity.gov

Zeke Cohen, Zeke.Cohen@baltimorecity.gov

Ryan Dorsey, Ryan.Dorsey@baltimorecity.gov

Richard Krummerich, staff Richard.Krummerich@baltimorecity.gov

 

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Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing on

Baltimore City Landmark List: Exteriors - Our Saviour Lutheran Church

Thursday - October 26 

2:00 pm

City Council Chambers, 4th floor

City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street

(Picture ID required for admission to City Hall.)  

17-0034R FOR the purpose of designating the exterior of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, located 3301 The Alameda, as an historical landmark.

If unable to attend, please email your comments to the following

Housing & Urban Affairs committee members:

 

John Bullock, chair John.Bullock@baltimorecity.gov

Isaac Schleifer, vice chair Isaac.Schleifer@Baltimorecity.gov

Kristerfer Burnett, Kristerfer.Burnett@baltimorecity.gov

Bill Henry, Bill.Henry@baltimorecity.gov

Shannon Sneed, Shannon.Sneed@baltimorecity.gov

Zeke Cohen, Zeke.Cohen@baltimorecity.gov

Ryan Dorsey, Ryan.Dorsey@baltimorecity.gov

Richard Krummerich, staff Richard.Krummerich@baltimorecity.gov

 

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Committee of the Whole Oversight Hearing on

Private Development Incentives

Thursday – November 9

10:00 am

City Council Chambers, 4th floor

City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street

(Picture ID required for admission to City Hall.)  

To be televised on CharmTV Channel 25

Bill 17-0020R Oversight Hearing – Private Development Incentives

The Baltimore City Council’s Committee of the Whole is requesting your attendance at an upcoming hearing on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at 100 N. Holliday Street.

 

The Committee of the Whole, which comprises all Council members, will discuss Bill 17-0020R Oversight Hearing – Private Development Incentives. The bill requests Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), the Department of Finance, and other City agencies involved in offering incentives to spur private sector development to report to the Council on the current and planned uses of these incentives, how these incentives can be used more equitably in the future, and options to improve transparency and accountability to Baltimore’s citizens in how incentives are awarded.

 

If unable to attend, please email your comments to

the following Councilmembers:

 

Bernard "Jack" Young, Chair CouncilPresident@baltimorecity.gov 

Zeke Cohen Zeke.Cohen@baltimorecity.gov

Brandon Scott Brandon.Scott@baltimorecity.gov

Ryan Dorsey, Ryan.Dorsey@baltimorecity.gov

Bill Henry, Bill.Henry@baltimorecity.gov

Isaac Schleifer Isaac.Schleifer@Baltimorecity.gov

Sharon Green Middleton Sharon.Middleton@baltimorecity.gov

Leon Pinkett Leon.Pinkett@baltimorecity.gov

Kristerfer Burnett, Kristerfer.Burnett@baltimorecity.gov

John Bullock, John.Bullock@baltimorecity.gov

Edward Reisinger Edward.Reisinger@baltimorecity.gov

Eric T. Costello Eric.Costello@baltimorecity.gov

Robert Stokes Robert.Stokes@baltimorecity.gov

Shannon Sneed, Shannon.Sneed@baltimorecity.gov

Mary Pat Clarke MaryPat.Clarke@baltimorecity.gov

  

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COUNCIL BILL 17-0150 Zoning – Prohibiting Crude Oil Terminals

Introduced and read first time: October 16, 2017

Assigned to: Land Use and Transportation Committee

Introduced by: Councilmembers Clarke, Reisinger, Cohen, Henry, Bullock, Pinkett, Dorsey, Middleton, Burnett, Sneed, Stokes

Hearing date to be announced

Council Bill 17-0150 takes a “land use” approach to limiting Baltimore’s future capacity to attract hazardous crude-by-rail oil shipments to Baltimore City. This legislation adds “Crude Oil Terminals” to the Baltimore Zoning Code’s list of Uses prohibited citywide, already including incinerators, nuclear power plants, and solid waste sanitary landfills.

This legislation defines a “Crude Oil Terminal” as “a facility that receives, stores, transfers, ships or processes crude oil.” Baltimore’s two existing crude oil terminals, on the Fairfield Peninsula and in Canton, will be grandfathered in, but expansions of existing terminals and any new such terminals will be prohibited by law. 

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COUNCIL BILL 17-0144 Discounted City Services and

Equipment for Nonprofit Events

Introduced and read first time: September 25, 2017

Introduced by: Councilmember Clarke, President Young, Councilmembers Bullock, Pinkett, Cohen, Reisinger, Stokes, Middleton, Schleifer, Henry, Costello

Assigned to: Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee

Hearing date to be announced

City Council Bill 17-0144 requires that the City grant a 50% discount for City services and equipment used to support nonprofit events for the following qualifying organizations; a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable or religious organization; or an organization that is not required to pay any federal, State, or local taxes. Includes Mayor’s Main Street Programs, Retail Business District Business Associations established under City Code Article 14, 11-9, business improvement districts, and community, neighborhood, and homeowners’ associations, and block clubs.


 

Speed and Red Light Cameras

 
On Wednesday, March 30th, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh briefed the media on her FY18 budget, including a discussion about the City's speed and red light camera program. Below are some points of clarification about the revamped speed and red light camera program.
 
 
• No cameras operating since April 2013
• Three types of cameras: 1) Red light, 2) Speed and 3) Commercial truck enforcement cameras (to catch prohibited commercial vehicles when they travel on automobile-only restricted roads)
• Initial order: 10 fixed speed cameras, 10 portable speed cameras, 10 red light cameras, and up to 6 commercial truck enforcement cameras
• Vendor selection process currently underway. Decision is between 6 applicants.
• Projected timetable for contracts to appear on the Board of Estimates agenda: April/May 2017
• RFP was reviewed by the Inspector General, Law Department, and former Councilman James Kraft’s committee, among others
• Camera program to be rolled out no earlier than June, then must wait for one-time 30-day warning period (warnings will be issued instead of actual citations) before citations will be sent to drivers
• Annual state reporting requirement on how camera revenue is spent
• New contract calls for City to pay monthly fee for cameras, instead of buying them (per camera, per month to include processing and mailing citation)
• Vendors will not receive a portion of each ticket, as before; flat fee per camera, per month – removes incentive to send inaccurate citations
• Not only will vendor review citations, but DOT staff and BPD staff will review each ticket as well
• DOT has added new quality control staff for this program, including an ombudsman position to which appeals may be made instead of going to court as a last resort
• City will receive liquidated damages for inaccurate citations, from reduction of the monthly fees up to and including termination of the contract
• Each camera location will be vetted separately to assess impact on speed near schools, impact on number of accidents, etc.
• All camera locations will be published, along with additional auto and pedestrian safety information, on website which will be launched along with the beginning of the program
 

 

Department of Transportation Launches New Website For Impounded Vehicles

Citizens will now be able to easily check impound fees online in real time The Baltimore City Department of Transportation today announced the launch of a new website that will enable citizens to quickly access information about impounded vehicles. The agency has just launched an updated site called Find My Tow. This website will enable users to check if their car has been towed to a Baltimore City impound facility by entering specific vehicle information. Once the vehicle’s license number and state of registration are entered, within a few clicks owners can quickly learn if their vehicle has been impounded by the city, along with the associated fees. This program offers new and enhanced features, including a real-time fee calculator which makes it much easier and faster for owners to retrieve their vehicles. The city’s new Find My Tow website is baldot.findmytow.com. A link to the program is also available on the Department of Transportation’s website at http://transportation.baltimorecity.gov. The City of Baltimore has two impound facilities for vehicles that are abandoned, illegally parked or involved in accidents. The main Pulaski Highway Impound and Storage Facility is located at 6700 Pulaski Highway. A secondary facility is located at 410 Fallsway.

 

Feb.6, 2017

Mary Pat sponsors new $15/hr minimum wage bill. The bill would increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, while allowing businesses with fewer than 50 employees to do so by 2026. The bill would also allow employers to pay those younger than 21 and working entry level jobs at the state's minimum wage amount, and allow some businesses more time to comply.

Click these links to read more & see videos:

http://www.wbaltv.com/article/city-council-members-again-seek-dollar15-minimum-wage-in-baltimore/8681820

http://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/efforts-to-raise-minimum-wage-to-hourly-15-renewed-in-baltimore

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/baltimore-city-council-again-takes-up-15-minimum-wage-bill


 

bucket of oyster shells labelled for recycling

Oyster shell recycling program off to a good start! Click here to read more about Sisson Street's new oyster recycling center.

Read more about the Oyster Recovery Partnership HERE.

 

 

Baltimore City Water Bill Update & Resources

 

Starting in October of 2016, the Department of Public Works switched to monthly billing and started using a new water billing system which includes a new water bill layout and other rate structure changes. These improvements include a new online customer portal. This password-protected website allows customers to see their hourly water usage and other account information.

Online Water Bill Calculator - To view how water rate and rate structure changes might impact your bill, please visit the water bill calculator on the DPW website:
http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/water-billing-calculator

Contacting the DPW Customer Support and Services Division:

For water billing inquiries, customers may contact the Customer Support and Services Division: 

Online Inquiry Form: http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/Water-Billing-Questions

Email: dpw.billing@baltimorecity.gov

Phone: (410) 396-5398 or 311

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For information about water bill assistance programs and to access or submit an application electronically:

DPW website: http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/water-bill-payment-assistance

Email: dpw.billing@baltimorecity.gov

Phone: (410) 396-5398 or 311

 

The Homepage of their Updated Website: http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/waterbilling

 

Public Works announces new LEAK ADJUSTMENT POLICY:

Please save and use this information if experiencing water billing spikes.

http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/water-and-sewer-adjustment-request

 


 

IMPORTANT Information for Homeowners whose City Tax Liens were Purchased at the Annual Tax Sale.

If you or someone you know had a tax bill, water bill, or other City citation that resulted in their tax lien being sold at the City’s May 16 tax sale, CLICK HERE for important information on how to proceed.

 


 

Interested to know where Mary Pat stands on the latest issues?

Click on the following Candidate Questionnaires for detailed insight:

 

MUCH THANKS to these Official Endorsers of Mary Pat in her 2016 re-election campaign:

Maryland Working Families

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

 

LiUNA!

 

Baltimore Metropolitan Council AFL-CIO Unions

 

Casa In Action Logo

 

Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment Logo

 

AFSCME Maryland Logo - endorsement

 

 


 

Thanks to so many of you for the wonderful kickoff to my 2016 re-election campaign! I am honored to continue to represent you! So much work ahead together in living-up to One Baltimore’s resolve to make Baltimore the land of opportunity to which we aspire for all residents, especially the children.


As you navigate through our site, we will highlight information important to the 14th District and to Baltimore City as a whole. We also hope to hear from you about ideas to improve our district and the City - and with requests for help regarding neighborhood issues.

Mary Pat hooray!

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Thanks,

Mary Pat Clarke

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