Thanks to the support of constituents and friends across the region, I have been able to serve in the Maryland General Assembly. Over the last 11 years, I have always voted my conscience placing my constituents’ best interests above anything else. As I promised 11 years ago, my votes have reflected fiscal conservatism combined with a great concern for protecting open space and saving the Chesapeake Bay. I continue to remain an independent thinker, placing policy before party.
I believe in both sharing my views on specific issues as well as my long term vision for the state with voters. At the same time, I want to foster a dialogue and hear from others on these very same issues. Hearing from you about your priorities for your family, community, and our state is always appreciated. I am just an email or phone call away and I encourage you to share your thoughts, opinions, and concerns regarding issues important to you. Additionally, if I can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
From the State Highway Administration
Dear Senator Brochin:
I am writing to provide some information on the SHA Landscape Architecture Division’s project to replace trees and refurbish the landscape planting beds in the median of MD 139 (Charles Street) from Bellona Avenue up to the Sheppard Pratt Gatehouse.
Unfortunately, the Bradford Pear trees have already lost limbs and are likely to continue to develop structural problems typical of the Bradford cultivar. SHA’s contractor has removed 20 of the Pear trees within the project limits; starting today, they are replacing the Pears with “Princeton” American Elms, which are sturdy, fast-growing shade trees with good Dutch Elm Disease resistance.
This effort to refurbish the landscaping along Charles Street has been coordinated with the Landscape Operations Division, the District Four Maintenance Division and the Scenic Byways Coordinator. SHA and the contractor will monitor the new trees during the winter and the contractor will perform the remainder of the work (replanting the beds) during the spring 2014 planting season.
Please feel free to share this information with your constituents; if you have any questions about the landscaping work, please feel free to contact me or Mr. Dan Uebersax, Chief of the SHA Landscape Architecture Division in Baltimore at 410-545-8603 or DUebersax@sha.state.md.us.
David W. Peake
District Engineer, Baltimore and Harford Counties
State Highway Administration
District Four Office
320 West Warren Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-229-2310 / 1-866-998-0367
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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Board of Public Works will be considering action on:
• A request to by the Military Department to declare the Towson Armory as surplus property. (Item 10-RP on the Department of General Services’ Agenda). Baltimore County was informed of its statutory right of first refusal for the purchase of the Towson Armory (307 Washington Avenue) but declined to purchase the facility. Consequently, the property will be offered for public sale with the Department of General Services issuing a competitive Request for Proposals for the sale of this property
The news story below reminds me of why I introduced legislation last session to overhaul the speed camera program. Specifically, my legislation would have included multiple checks and balances, including requiring additional information to be provided on each ticket so residents could verify the speed camera’s claim.
Conflicting Reports On Status Of City Speed Cameras
Thursday, October 31, 2013
City speed camera reactivation remains in limbo as city officials and the vendor apparently are not on the same page about turning them back on.
Until this week, the question was when will the city turn on more than 80 speed cameras that remain shut off since early in the year.
But now the question is unclear about which party is actually running the system.
The mayor said the locally based vendor, Brekford,is testing them and is in charge.
But a Brekford official told The Daily Record that it is the city’s program and could not comment on a program they don’t operate.
Further, the same official said Brekford and the city have not been in conversation for six months.<
That seems to contradict a comment to The Sun that the two have had weekly meetings.
A city transportation official told WBAL News recently that they will tell us when the city plans to turn the cameras back on.
That has been the standard response to WBAL News’ periodic inquiries for months.
The city has been getting upwards of $20 million dollars in annual revenues from the cameras.
They were taken offline soon after Brekford replaced Xerox as the vendor. Both companies had to deal with problems of accuracy and reporting correct location on citations.
Violators have to pay $40 for each offense caught on camera.
This week Baltimore County reported that over 1,400 alleged violations were voided because their vendor, Xerox, had missed calibration deadlines on 12 fixed cameras.
Do you know that your local city bus might be listening to your conversations?