Councilman Kach’s *Preliminary* FY24 Budget Request to County Executive Johnny Olszewski

County-Wide Policies/Reforms to seek

1. Continue to invest in public safety and incentivize police living in the communities they serve. Fill vacancies in our police department with the most competent and effective officers by offering salaries higher than jurisdictions within 200 miles. Government’s primary responsibility is public safety. We must get ahead of our growing crime problem.
2. Due to poor academic performance, measurable and significant, this County in conjunction with the school system, must work to provide remedial educational assistance to underperforming students.
3. Establish an independent Department of Agriculture headquartered at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center to support the agricultural industry in Baltimore County. Reestablish a meaningful role for farmers in the planning and running of agricultural programs at the County Ag Center.
5. Expansion of services needed at Baltimore County Animal Services. Serious consideration must be given to a Private/Public partnership (similar to the one that exists between BARCS and Baltimore City).

Capital Projects in District 3
1. Completion of already funded projects:
a. new Dulaney High School,
b. new Towson High School ,
c. addition to Pine Grove Middle School,
d. Belfast Road ballfields,
e. new Hereford Senior Center,
f. new Jacksonville Senior Center, and
g. Complete broadband build-out in northern Baltimore County

2. Significant baseball diamond improvements are needed in Lutherville-Timonium

3. A New Athletic stadium and turf field at Dulaney High School – Boosters have pledged 100k towards this project.

4. New indoor athletic facility needed in Hereford needed. The Planning Board has recommended that an additional gymnasium be built at Hereford HS

5. The current soccer fields at Sweet Air Park in Jacksonville are in terrible shape – request for turf field. They need leveled reseeded and the grass cut by Wednesday each week. They cut grass way too high and the kids can barely get the ball to roll. Also there is a great need for an indoor facilities for kids soccer and field hockey.

6. Increase for Baltimore County Length of Service Award (LOSAP)

7. From the County salting the roads it has contaminated wells. Families asking for financial assistance with hooking up to public water or installing desalination systems for home water.

8. More dedicated pickleball courts at Seminary Park and throughout the Third district

Traffic/Roadway Safety Concerns:

a. Flooding issues and sinkholes at 8313 White Manor Drive due to an aging, poorly designed and malfunctioning storm water system

b. Frequent water main breaks and sinkholes in the Fox Chapel Community (Merrie Hunt Drive)

c. Gridlock on Hampton Lane due to Notre Dame Prep School drop off & pick up in the morning and afternoon.

d. Dangerous intersection at Blenhein & Dance Mill Road from speeding, especially for children being pick up and drop off from school. Requesting an all-way stop signs.

e. Traffic calming at Hunt Valley Station

Road Resurfacing Project Requests:

1. Placid Ave
2. Wakefield Roads – Wyngate Rd, Boxmere Rd, Boxmere Ct, Chadwick Rd & Surrey Rd – in very poor condition.
3. Charmuth Rd – between Seminary and Dulaney Valley Roads
4. Old York Rd
5. Markoe Rd
6. JM Pierce Rd
7. Thornton Road in poor condition between W. Seminary Ave & W. Timonium Rd.
8. Wagon Wheel Ct
9. Dalewood Rd., Eastlake Road, Ravenview Road, and Loch View Terrace
10. Lewis Road
11. Valewood Road, Midmeadow Road
12. Bellona Rd between York Rd and Seminary
13. Walmart Place
14. Robcaste Road
15. Timonium Rd from Pot Spring to Dulaney Valley Rd
16. Long Green Pike between Long Green Rd and Glen Arm Rd
17. Evans Avenue 20193
18. Gorsuch Road 21093
19. Belfast Road 21093
20. York Manor Road in Phoenix