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Councilman Jon Weinstein today announced he will file emergency legislation to prohibit issuance of any building permits within the Tiber Branch Watershed for a period of 12-months. 

The legislation, titled the “Tiber Branch Watershed Safety Act” will pause development to give the county government and County Council the necessary time to evaluate the May 27 flood that struck Historic Ellicott City, the second devastating storm to strike the area in 22 months. 

“The Tiber Branch Watershed, especially the Ellicott City Historic District is extremely sensitive to the dramatic storms that we are seeing in the area with great frequency and intensity.” Councilman Weinstein said. “This bill will allow the county time to implement infrastructure projects resulting from the 2016 flood, review and re-prioritize new projects based on the studies and Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan, and for the Council to consider changes in laws and regulations designed to protect this community.” 

Among the actions that the bill outlines during the 12-month building prohibition are:

  • * Analysis of the flood based on the models and findings of the 2016 Ellicott City Hydrology/Hydraulic Study;
  • * Plans for construction of stormwater storage facilities and infrastructure improvements throughout the watershed;
  • * Analysis of any watershed impacts of proposed development and redevelopment projects;
  • * Options for retrofitting existing developments built without stormwater management requirements;
  • * Examination of density and open space zoning regulation changes in the watershed; and
  • * Review of past and future development of public facilities in the watershed, including state roads, school system and government properties.  

“Rebuilding Ellicott City stronger, smarter, and safer requires more than just construction materials,” Weinstein said. “This legislation will enable the county government and Council to establish a better regulatory framework and continue with improvements to the stormwater and flood mitigation infrastructure.”

The Tiber Branch Watershed Safety Act will be filed by June 21,2018, introduced on July 2, and voted on July 27. As an emergency bill, the measure requires four votes to pass and would go into effect immediately upon passage. A public hearing on the bill, along with other legislation introduced on July 2, will be held on Monday, July 16 at 7:00pm in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. 

Expected timeline for the legislation:

– Pre-File Legislation, 6/21

– Introduction/1st Reading, Monday 7/2

– Public Hearing/2nd Reading, Monday 7/16

– Work Session, if needed, Monday 7/23

– Vote/3rd Reading, Friday 7/27

Come back to this page soon for a link to the filed legislation.

As a member of both the County Council and Zoning Board, Jon has worked diligently to balance the county’s development, economic growth, environment, and infrastructure. Redeveloping Downtown Columbia, rebuilding Historic Ellicott City, renewing Elkridge, and revising the County’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance have been significant matters during his first term. Jon has worked with key stakeholders on all these and other development matters to seek a balanced approach to development in Howard County. Learn more:  http://vote4jon.com/leadership-and-action/land-use/

May 20, 2018

To the Campaign for Jon Weinstein for Howard County Council, District 1:

On behalf of the members of the NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Political Action Committee, I want to thank you for seeking our endorsement of your candidacy for office during the 2018 election season. Although we chose not to endorse you this election cycle, you have been given a 100% Pro-Choice Rating based upon your responses to our candidate questionnaire and your public position on our issues.

We appreciate your commitment to reproductive health, rights, and justice, and are proud to support your willingness to stand firm in protecting and advancing reproductive freedom in our state.

As you may know, the NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland PAC is the only statewide, bi-partisan Political Action Committee working solely to protect each childbearing individual’s right to choose in Maryland.

If you have any questions about your rating, or would like a quote of support for campaign brochures or literature, please feel free to contact us at (301) 565-4154 or pac@prochoicemd.org.

The logo with your 100% Pro-Choice Rating is attached.

Best regards,

Mark Stover Chair,

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland PAC

I was honored to attend the Howard County Fire & Rescue Service’s Annual Awards ceremony last week. However, one moment stood out for me personally, when the HCF&RS members and volunteers (pictured here) who responded to the Ellicott City flood received an award and special pin for their brave and selfless service. There is no doubt that these women and men saved many lives and prevented injury by their heroic acts.

Thank you to this group of amazing public safety personnel and to the entire team at HCF&RS.

I was thrilled to host a great group of Girl Scout Ambassadors last week. Our day started in the Banneker Room to discuss my Council responsibilities. The Scouts followed up with an impressive set of questions leading to a great discussion about issues and ideas for the County. After a guided tour of the council offices we ended our visit with a meeting with County Executive Kittleman. For over 30 years I have been involved in youth leadership organizations and events, promoting the development of young people’s leadership skills.

This group of young leaders is extremely impressive and gives me hope for the next generation’s readiness to lead our community.

Great news for the neighborhoods along Frederick Road: the FY19 Proposed Capital Budget includes the first phase of a project to install sidewalks along Frederick Road!

I’ve included sidewalks along Frederick Road in my budget requests to the County Executive for the past couple years and I’m very pleased to learn that this project is moving forward. This $650,000 project will extend from Gray Rock Drive to the Little Patuxent River, where a pedestrian bridge will be constructed.

You can view the project description as well as other projects in the FY19 Proposed Capital Budget here: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=0cRfqXQNPX0%3d&portalid=0

With the BOE considering the two potential sites for High School 13 and the need for a decision as soon as possible, I wanted to share my thoughts on the two locations. One of my top objectives since taking office has been to advocate for a new high school to serve the eastern county as soon as possible. I worked early in my term, going back to the budget passed in May 2015 and the Council/BOE meetings in June and October of that year to focus attention on the need for HS13 and to encourage HCPSS to move forward quickly on the high school, including seeking a site in Elkridge and to engage Elkridge residents in the process. I worked within the budget framework to move funding for HS13 to expedite the opening date, sequestered county funds for that purpose, and I went to Annapolis this past Fall to request funds so we could build a high school to open in 2022. I maintain that the timing of completing construction is an important element, but certainly not the only criteria. In short, I believe the Troy Park site presents the best location for the high school and, I concur with Superintendent Martirano we need to continue with the acquisition of the Mission Road site for another school and additional educational facilities.

I have heard good arguments supporting both sites for the next high school, though I continue to be deeply concerned about the vitriol in the community pitting neighborhoods against one another. In the end, there is a clear consensus within the entire community in this part of Howard County that we need a high school here and that the overcrowding at Howard and Long Reach needs to be addressed sooner, rather than later. I am hopeful that the BOE and HCPSS will move forward to complete their decision on a site in the coming weeks to prevent further delays in opening HS13 as soon as possible. I encourage community members to continue to share your thoughts on the high school site with the BOE (boe@hcpss.org).

Patapsco Valley State Park (PVSP) is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers and picnickers. It’s so attractive, in fact, that park rangers frequently have to close the park entrances on summer weekends due to overcrowding.

Park managers predict the problem may worsen when the nearby Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House opens later this year and begins attracting 300,000 visitors annually. Upcoming milestone anniversaries down the line for the B&O Railroad and Thomas Viaduct are also expected to generate visitor increases.

With so many people already taking advantage of the history, nature and outdoor recreation opportunities PVSP has to offer, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway (PHG) has begun conducting annual summits with community stakeholders to discuss ways to leverage Howard and Baltimore counties’ resources and enhance the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area (PVHA) shared by both jurisdictions.
“A few points that came out of our first summit were that we have to build upon cross-county and cross-community collaboration,” said PHG Vice President Victoria Goodman. “We’re interested in visualizing Route 1 as a unification Corridor for Elkridge, St. Denis, Halethorpe and Relay, building a more robust Catonsville/Ellicott City tourism corridor and establishing trail connections that strengthen these corridors.”

At the organization’s second annual summit, held last month at Grace Episcopal Church, in Elkridge, local residents and community stakeholders brainstormed on possible solutions for challenges related to the Thomas Viaduct, trails and trail connections, the visitor experience and park infrastructure.

Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein and Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk were also on hand to co-host and share some of their own ideas.

Read the full article here:  https://www.bizmonthly.com/howard-baltimore-counties-collaborate-state-park-improvements/

By Kate Magill : Contact Reporter
Howard County Times

Maryland U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin visited Wilde Lake High School on Friday to discuss school safety and gun control with students.

The Democratic senator’s visit with about 50 students was part of ongoing discussions he is planning to have with community members in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., an aide said.

The discussion, which also included schools Superintendent Michael Martirano, County Council chairwoman Mary Kay Sigaty and Councilman Jon Weinstein, focused on students’ concerns regarding their safety in school.

Cardin chose to talk with students at the 1,200-student Columbia school because of its recent experience with gun violence, according to spokesman Tim Zink. In September 2017 Wilde Lake teacher Laura Wallen was shot to death and her former boyfriend has been charged with her murder.

“I was extremely impressed by the energy level of the students. They had a great deal of interest in the subject matter, they were extremely articulate, they asked great questions and I found it extremely encouraging for the future of Howard County, Maryland and this nation,” Cardin said. “They are concerned about their safety, they are concerned about their classmates’ safety. They recognize that we have problems in this country, they want to know why we are unable to pass gun safety legislation.”

Continue to the full article here:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-cardin-at-wilde-lake-0301-story.html

I was truly honored by the amazing turnout at my happy hour event. About 120 people came out to show their support for my work on the Council and in the community and to meet and talk with neighbors from around Howard County. I was honored by the many folks who mentioned this was their first political event and I was the first politician to whom they’ve contributed.

The people crowded into the party room at the new Manor Hill Tavern in Historic EC represented a wonderful cross-section of interests, organizations, and political affiliations. I believe that they shared my commitment to addressing the issues that face our community and seeking innovative ways to make our amazing county even better.

Special “thank yous” to:

  • Robin Holliday who set the stage for a great night with her greetings to everyone and her generous words about me. Robin and I have become friends over the time she has had her gallery on Main Street and is one of those people that you meet that leads with her heart and demonstrates to us all that compassion is truly powerful.
  • Jim Robey, a role model and mentor for me, who has served our community with honor and distinction for his entire life. Starting as a HCPD patrol officer, rising to Chief, then County Executive, and the Maryland Senate. His inclusive approach to governing and leadership set a high bar for those of us in public service. I was truly moved by his remarks about my time in office and I’m honored by his support going back to 2008 when I decided to run for the House of Delegates.
  • Randy Mariner and his team at the new and amazing Manor Hill Tavern. Months ago I ask Randy if I could hold the first private event at the tavern…. and that happened Thursday night. Besides having three, soon to be four of the best restaurants in Howard County, he and his entire family have given so much back to the community, including worthy causes like battling Cystic Fibrosis.
  • My team of volunteers whose ranks were thinned by business travel and illness. In particular, Carole Fisher, Dave Grabowski, and my amazing wife, Margaret carried the load for the event. Thank you, thank you!

Once again, I’m grateful for the support for my efforts and for the strong encouragement to continue my service to the county.

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