Anne Arundel County Visioning 2040 Survey

For those of you who can't make the Visioning Meetings in your community there are surveys available online that mirror the open house activities. These surveys will remain open for three weeks after the date of the community meeting.

To take the surveys, please visit https://www.aacounty.org/departments/planning-and-zoning/long-range-planning/general-development-plan/visioning-meetings/index.html

Title: AA County Visioning 2040 Report on May 2nd Briefing By: Dan Woomer

On the evening of May 2nd, AA County Planning and Zoning representatives held the 2nd in a series of information sharing and gathering meetings to share and gather information on resident concerns and priorities leading to the next Small Area Development Plans to serve as the blueprint for AA County development through 2040. This night’s briefing and interviewing session was held at North County High School for the residents in the area of Linthicum and BWI.

The County representatives set up information materials, including community border maps, and a listing of residents previously identified planning and zoning concerns.

There are three (3) activities attendees are asked to focus on during these sessions:

(1) SAP/GDP Recommendation Dot Exercise

Participants will review the recommendations from the Small Area Plan and the 2009 General Development Plan that were not implemented and prioritize which recommendations remain valid and should be carried forward in Plan2040 or community plans in the near future.

(2) Vision Exercise

Participants have an opportunity to share their Vision for the future:

What is special about your community?

What has changed in the last 15 years?

What needs improvement?

What should your community look like in 20 years?

(3) Community Boundary Review

Anne Arundel is a County comprised of over forty distinct communities. What community do you identify with? Review a map of communities in your area and provide feedback on community boundaries.

To see a mapping of the boundaries of our Linthicum-Shipley Community, noted as “Linthicum Heights” are – see: http://annearundelmd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8e851f927eb448d6a9044ea83a27269b.

The Linthicum Community boundaries shown are:

To the North –

The Linthicum Heights Community boarders Baltimore City, and Howard County. Included with the Linthicum Heights border is a large portion of Patapsco Valley Park.

To the South –

The Linthicum Heights Community border from the east extends from B&A Boulevard, along the southern boarder or Cabin Branch Park, following Andover Road, to Aviation Boulevard. The border then follows Aviation Boulevard past Northup Grumman, past Amtrak Way, to Old Stoney Run Road, just to the west of the Northup Grumman Parking lot.

To the West -

The Linthicum Heights Community borders the Hanover Community, includes the MDOT facility, includes a parcel of land to the west of the MDOT facility and Interstate 195, and the Amtrak rail, extending just north of Furnace Avenue, up to the border with Howard County and Baltimore City.

To the East -

The Linthicum Heights Community borders the Brooklyn Park and Ferndale Communities. Following B&A Boulevard from the Baltimore City border to the southern border of Cabin Branch Park.

The meeting was kicked off with an introductory video featuring AA County Executive as Mr. Pittman was unable to attend. Mr. Philip Hager, AA County Planning and Zoning Officer, took the podium and made a short presentation of the AA County Visioning 2040 process and objectives, then introduced others in attendance who will be assisting in gathering resident information and concerns, and helping to prepare the draft recommendations. Also assisting in this process is Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit organization providing technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to realize a vision of livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity in our communities. To learn more about the organization Smart Growth America, see: www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

Included here tonight were members of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, which included Elizabeth Rosborg (Committee Chair), Gary Mauler (Jessup), and Linthicum’s own Charlie Mannion representing the Linthicum Community/BWI. For additional information on the membership of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, see: www.aacounty.org/departments/planning-and-zoning/long-range-planning/general-development-plan/index.html.

The majority of the session was focused on gathering residents’ concerns and opinions.  

For the information gathering portion of the meeting, those attending were asked the four questions cited earlier:

• What is special about your community?

• What has changed in the last 15 years?

• What needs improvement?

• What should your community look like in 20 years?

While it very unfortunate that only ten (10) Linthicum residents came to the briefing, those that did attend talked with the AA County representatives prior to the start of the briefing, and a few did speak providing answers to the questions above. In addition, a written response was provided to the representatives about issues LSIA and residents have identified and discusses over the past years.

To read the short written testimony and the list of Linthicum-Shipley issues and concerns provided to the click here (or go to: www.lsia.net/news), and see “AA County GDP Plan 2040 Meeting w/ Pittman – Woomer.”

The number one answer to the question: What is special about your community? –

“The small-town feel.” This was the primary reason my family and I chose to live in Linthicum.

What has changed in the last 15 years?

Development encroachment, sacrificing our greenspaces and buffer areas, failure to prepare the infrastructure for planned development, including roads, storm water management, our schools’ capacity enhancement, etc. For roads, both Maple Road and Andover Road were called out as examples. For Schools, all of the community schools are under growing pressure with the increasing influx of children.

What needs improvement?

Schools, roads, and other infrastructure, most long needed and long overdue.

What should your community look like in 20 years?

The same small-town feel, with green space, single homes, parks, updated roads, sidewalks, schools, and infrastructure, and a tight control on further development.

With the purpose of this initial meeting fulfilled, Mr. Hager brought the meeting to an end, thanking all for taking their time to attend and their willingness to speak to issue, needs and concerns Linthicum have for the future of our community.

Next steps –

(1) Go to the websites cited, and read up on the mission and purpose of Visioning Anne Arundel, and what has happened to date.

(2) Go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFRBFLX and respond to the SAP/GDP Recommendation Survey. Presented are Land Use and Zoning Recommendations that have not been implemented since the adoption of the BWI-Linthicum Small Area Plan. You are asked to identify which of these recommendations remain priorities for the Linthicum/BWI. Rank each, with the number “1” the highest priority, then select the recommendation to give the 2nd highest priority, and so on. Use the drop-down box to the left or drag and move each recommendation to rank each item. If the recommendation is no longer applicable, please rank the recommendation “N/A.” Note, the first section on Transportation will take some time to sort. To assist in your ranking of the Transportation recommendations, you may want to open the Visioning Anne Arundel County Communities’ Map link at: http://annearundelmd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8e851f927eb448d6a9044ea83a27269b. Remember, if you believe a recommendation is no longer needed or is something that should not be pursued, select N/A.

(3) Stay tuned to LSIA’s website www.lsia.net, Nextdoor Linthicum & “I Live in Linthicum 21090” for developments and announcements of briefings & presentations. Also, come to the LSIA General Membership meetings to receive updates on this and many other topics of interest for our community.


AA County GDP Plan 2040 Meeting with County Executive Steuart Pittman

Speaker: Dan Woomer, Vice President, Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA)

Hearing:North County High School

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: Start: 5:00pm

Summary:

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA) with over 500 active member household, representing over 2,700 households.

Linthicum, and our neighboring communities are facing many challenges with which your administration could help address. These challenges include, but are not limited to: BWI Airport Noise pollution, SCMagLev, Roads, Over Development, Property Tax Cap, Light Rail, and Senior Income Tax Break. I, as well as other members of the LSIA, would be pleased to meet and discuss any or all of these challenges with you, and provide additional information.

Brief Community History:

Linthicum, comprising the communities of North Linthicum, Linthicum, Crestwood and Linthicum-Shipley is a small town located south of Baltimore City, in Anne Arundel County. Our history dates back to the mid-1600’s as part of a land grant from England which led to the Linthicum and Shipley families establishing some of the earliest agricultural interests in our County. This farming area has evolved over the past centuries into a residential community. Following the advent of train travel, our community became a place for lawyers, doctors, bankers, and others to move out of the city and into a more open and quiet community. Following WWII, Linthicum evolved into a suburb made up of residences, schools, our own fire station, our own post office, with small, medium and large businesses. Linthicum, as a community, officially became a named community in 1901. Linthicum families typically come to stay, with many families having five or more generations rooted in our community. Of course, the Linthicum and Shipley families have far deeper roots. We are proud of our modern community, with a small-town character and lifestyle. And we want to continue to keep Linthicum one of the best places to live and raise a family.

Testimony:

Over the past 40 years, Linthicum has seen the constant encroachment of development with little actions needed on infrastructure and support systems needed to meet the needs of the expanding population of residents and businesses.

Here’s our observations:

(1) BWI Airport Noise

With the implementation of Next-Gen the jet engine noise is bombarding our communities. MAA and the BWI Roundtable are working to have FAA reinstate the prior flight routes and requirements to reach flight altitude to reduce the noise our communities are suffering with each and every day.

(2) SCMagLev

The building of the SCMagLev will have little to no benefit for Marylanders, yet disrupt and destroy sections of AA and PG Counties, contaminating our community’s environment, and take millions of dollars away from needed infrastructure improvements.

(3) Hyperloop, Now Loop

Pretty much the same concerns as we have with the SCMagLev. The Loop will have little to no benefit for Marylanders, but if built, serve a small number of those wealthy enough to purchase a Tesla. Not exactly your average family vehicle.

(4) Over Development

School crowding, road and utility overloading, increased congestion and increasing danger of accidents for our community residents. Linthicum is a small town being constantly encroached upon by developers and witnessing our greenspaces disappear forever. Enough. Until the roads, utilities and schools have the capacity, additional development needs to end.

(5) Roads

Encroaching development, over development and infill development have placed an increasing load on our community roads, storm water management, and utility systems. For example, Andover Road and Maple Road are primary entry and exit routes in and out of our community. Andover Road has seen a huge increase in traffic with the development of offices and businesses off W. Nursey Road. Both roads have deteriorated for years and promises since 2014 have been made to rebuild these arteries. We ask you and your administration to work with the State to prioritize these projects so they start this year.

(6) Prior Developmental Plan Lies

My 1st attendance at a GDP presentation, I asked if additional development would be allowed off of W. Nursey Road, taking more of the wooded buffer between the community of Linthicum and the businesses and offices accessed via W. Nursey Road. The answer was no additional development would be possible as the area is a designated flood plain and open space. Ten years later, more development had occurred, and the next ten-year plan indicated more would be developed. Again, I was told no additional development would be possible as the area is a designated flood plain and open space. Again, the situation repeats itself. More of the buffer is being removed today, right now. I assume one way the encroaching development will be curtailed is when the greenspace buffer is gone.

(7) Property Tax Cap

Every household and business must live within its means, our County government should be no different. The Property Tax Cap was passed by a large majority of voters to force the County government to live within its means. Our household incomes do not increase more than the cost-of-living, and many have not seen a cost-of-living increase for years. We prioritize our expenses; the County government must do the same. The State of Maryland is one of the highest taxed States in the union. Do not circumvent the Property Tax Cap, it is one of the few remaining reasons more seniors and retirees have not left Maryland for more tax friendly States.
AA County tax revenues should have risen in proportion all of the development in the County since the Property Tax Cap passed, and the population explosion in the County since the Property Tax Cap passed. Why is this increase now insufficient to meet the County needs? Who will be next hand out crying in the 2021 County budget saying we need more money?

(8) Light Rail

We are asking that your administration continues the increased security around our communities’ light rail stations started a few years ago. Linthicum and Ferndale residents have witnessed individuals use the light rail to come into our communities and engage in aggressive panhandling, theft and other more serious offences. One request for your administration is to modify the AA County Police incident tracking and reporting system to capture the information if the person or persons being detained did use the light rail to enter our communities. The current system does not capture this information, and thus the criminal activity reports generated do not reflect an association with the light rail. Adding this capability would help capture such data and criminal activity reports would more accurately reflect such occurrences and provide a means to bring the communities together in a more common and constructive manner.

In conclusion, with your administration’s help, this area development plan can address the many challenges facing our communities.

Again, thank you for this opportunity to testify at this hearing.

I have provided a printed copy of my testimony for your review and records.



Robo Calls, Spoof Calls and Phone Scams on the Rise By: Dan Cryan and Dan Woomer

We are all experiencing the rise of Robo Calls, Spoof Calls and Phone Scams.

Efforts are being made by our representatives, and legislation is in Congress, to strengthen the laws to stop these irritating and harassing calls. Attached at the bottom of this posting are text copies of recent responses from Senator Van Hollen and Congressman Ruppersberger, outlining Congress’ efforts to stop Robo Calls, Spoof Calls and Phone Scams

What Can You Do Now?

There are a few actions you can take to cut into the number of these unwanted calls.

FIRST –

The first thing to do is to register or verify your phone number(s) are registered at the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry. You can verify up to three (3) phone numbers are registered at one time. Go to the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry website at: https://www.donotcall.gov/. Here’s the three (3) step process:

Type in up to three (3) phone numbers you want to verify are in the registry, enter your email address, and click “Submit.”

You will be asked to check that the information you entered is correct. If correct, click “Verify,” if you have typed in something incorrect, click on “Change.”

Once you click “Verify”, within a few minutes you should receive an email for each phone number registered in the email address you entered from Verify@donotcall.gov. If your phone number is registered, each email will tell you the date of registration. If your phone number is not registered and you want it to be, you will be directed to the National Do Not Registry to register you phone number(s).

Repeat this process for all of your phone numbers.

SECOND –

Many of current and immediate prior wireless phone systems we have in our homes have a “Block Number” feature. If you receive an unwanted called from one of these telemarketers or scammers, and you have taken the call, don’t be polite, press the “Block This Number” button and hang up. If you haven’t taken the call, and there is no voicemail, it is likely a telemarketer or scammer. Use your phone system’s CID capability, and see the phone number that just called you. Write this down, and use your system’s call blocker to block this number.

Earlier systems, have the capability to see the number that just called. With these systems, if you answer an unwanted call, hang up. Use your phone system’s CID capability, and see the phone number that just called you. Write this down.

Contact your phone service provider. Many providers include call blocking as part of your services. Ask them the process to provide them with the phone numbers you want blocked, and provide them the phone numbers you have collected.

Here are some links to the phone service providers:

Verizon –

www.verizon.com/support/residential/homephone/calling-features/stop-unwanted-calls

Xinity/Comcast

www.xfinity.com/mobile/support/article/360000902823/

AT&T

www.att.com/help/robocalling.html

T-Mobile

support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-23906

Metro PCS

www.quora.com/How-do-you-block-phone-numbers-on-Metro-PCS

Cricket

www.cricketwireless.com/support/fraud-protection/fraud-overview.html

If your phone service provider is not listed above, Google them to get info on blocking calls.

THIRD –

You can report the call and phone number to Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry website at: https://www.donotcall.gov/. Click on “Report Unwanted Calls.”

Once your phone number has been on the Do Not Call Registry for 31 days, you can report unwanted sales calls.

Robocalls: Report calls that use a recorded message instead of a live person (whether or not your number is on the Registry).

You will be asked to describe what the call was about. Check the category that best describes what the call was about, for example debt reduction, home security or vacations.

Reminder: Even if your phone number is registered, some organizations may still call you, such as charities, political organizations, and telephone surveyors. For a full description of who may still call you, please consult the website’s Consumer FAQs.

Debt collectors may continue to call you whether your number is on the Registry or not. Know your rights regarding debt collection. If a debt collector is not respecting your rights, there is a link on the website to report them.

FOURTH -

You can purchase a phone number blocker, also known as a Call Blocker. Various devices from various manufacturers are available online. These are pretty effective. If you chose to purchase a call blocker, do some homework and pick the one you believe meets your needs. Also shop around, like most items available for purchase online, prices vary. Be sure to make your purchase from a source that has a good to excellent rating.

You want to place your call blocker in front of your phone system’s base unit, so it intercepts blocked numbers and none of your system’s phones, the one on the base unit or any of the remotes, will ring if a blocked phone number tries to call into your home. If you have older wired phones, place the unit before your answering machine. While your phones will ring, a blank or unwanted voicemail will not be recorded.

IMPORTANT –

If you pick up and answer a robo telemarketing or spam call, NEVER SAY YES. Your response will be recorded and used to charge you as you will be subscribed to some service that you had no intention of purchasing. Once this occurs, getting these services and their charges cancelled can be very challenging.

The telemarketer may ask questions, such as: “Am I Speaking to (your name)?” “Can you hear me okay?” “May I have a few minutes of your time?” Again, NEVER SAY YES. If available on your phone system, or if you have installed a Call Blocker, press the “Block This Number Button.”

We were all taught to be polite. Telemarketers and Phone Scammers, count on you being polite. This is one-time when politeness WILL hurt you. If you suspect the caller is a telemarketer or phone scammer – HUNG UP. There is no need to be polite to someone who is trying to scam and/or steal you.

If you want to check out a phone number, the Whitepages Directory Services offers a free online service. Go to: www.whitepages.com/phone/. Enter the phone number in the format of NPA-NXX-XXXX.

NPA = Area code assigned to a Numbering Plan Area

NXX = Prefix or \"exchange\" assigned to a central office

XXXX = Local number or "subscriber number"

If known, the service’s response will provide some information on the owner’s identification. Don’t be surprised if the service’s response says “Suspect Telemarketer,” “Telemarketer,” “Suspected Scammer,” “Scammer,” or other similar identifying descriptions.

Bottomline –

Use your answering machine to screen your calls. Once you can identify who is calling as someone you want to talk with, pick up and answer the call.

If you answer the call, be careful on what you say until you have identified the caller as someone you know and feel comfortable with.

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Responses from Senator Van Hollen & Congressman Ruppersberger

From: Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen [mailto:SenatorVanHollen@vanhollen.senate.gov]

Sent: Monday, March 25, 2019 11:26 AM

To: dan cryan

Subject: Reply from Senator Van Hollen

Dear Mr. Cryan:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the unwanted marketing, robocalls and "spoofed" calls that you are receiving. I regret that you are having this disturbing experience. I am very concerned by the increased number of callers and phone scammers who use "spoofing" technology to misrepresent the number from which they are calling.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are working to combat call-spoofing, robocalls and phone scams. The FCC is responsible for regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in the U.S., whereas the FTC is responsible for taking action against practices that are unfair or deceptive. They also rely on assistance from consumers like you to help alert them to new scams when they arise.

Some of the efforts the FTC and FCC have undertaken include the following:

The FTC held a contest to identify possible solutions to robocalls and spoof calls. One of the winners, Nomorobo, intercepts robocalls for certain types of phone service. Nomorobo offers services for both landline and mobile phones. You can find more information on Nomorobo at www.nomorobo.com.On August 19, 2016, the FCC hosted the first meeting of the “Robocall Strike Force,” an industry-led group that is committed to developing comprehensive solutions to prevent, detect, and filter unwanted robocalls. You can watch a recording of this meeting on the FCC website at:https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2016/08/first-meeting-industry-led-robocall-strike-force.

On April 28, 2017, the industry-led Robocall Strike Force released an updated report detailing its efforts, which can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/file/12311/download.

In October 2017, the Senate Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled, “Still Ringing Off the Hook: An Update on Efforts to Combat Robocalls,” during which law enforcement and representatives from the telecommunications industry discussed how they are working together to crack down on unwanted phone calls. The Senate also passed Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 This bill is now awaiting action in the House of Representatives. By improving monitoring and information on these frauds, the FTC may build best practices that can help on other robocall issues as well.

In April 2018, I joined 14 of my Senate colleagues in sending a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to use existing legal authority to ensure that key robocall and robotext protections are in effect after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down portions of a 2015 FCC order limiting the definition of “auto dialers” and discouraging callers from making more than one unwanted call to a reassigned number. The Court’s ruling could also be interpreted to suggest that callers could limit consumers’ rights to revoke consent to receive robocalls and robotexts through provisions buried in contracts or service agreements.

Also in April 2018, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing entitled, “Abusive Robocalls and How We Can Stop Them.” During the hearing, Senators questioned Adrian Abramovich, the so-called, “King of Robocalls,” who testified under subpoena and faces $120 million in FCC penalties for allegedly making nearly 100 million robocalls nationwide.

In June 2018, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act was introduced in both the Senate and the House. This bill ensures that the FCC has the authority and the tools to take strong, quick action when it tracks down robocallers, allows consumers to revoke consent they had previously given to receive calls, creates a database to put robocallers on notice when a telephone number they may have previously been authorized to call has been given to a new customer who hasn’t authorized their call, limits the number of robocalls exempted under current law and FCC rules, and requires calls to have verified caller identification information. This legislation is supported by the National Consumer Law Center and Consumers Union.

I will continue to engage with the FTC and FCC to identify when they may need additional legal authority to do their work.

I hope that you find this information helpful. If you have any questions or think that I can be of further assistance, please contact Nina Ganti of my staff at (301) 545-1500 or nina_ganti@vanhollen.senate.gov

Sincerely,

Chris Van Hollen

United States Senator

P.S. Please visit my website. While there, you can view press releases and statements, see what legislation I have sponsored or co-sponsored and receive information on the various constituent services provided by my office.

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From: Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger <imamd02@mail.house.gov>

Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 1:50:37 PM

To: dan cryan

Subject: Reply from Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

March 22, 2019

Mr. Daniel Cryan

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090

Dear Mr. Cryan:

One of the best parts of my job is hearing from constituents. I appreciate that you have taken the time to share with me your thoughts on robo-calls, and I welcome this opportunity to respond.

I have received a number of robo-calls myself, and I agree with you how frustrating the frequency of these calls can be. These calls are unsolicited and are, in some cases, illegal. In fact, at a recent Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing, a representative from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlined the increase in robo call consumer complaints the FTC has received; 3.5 million through August in 2017 – up from 3.4 million in the entire calendar year of 2016.

Congress has continued to put pressure on the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to find solutions to this problem and I support these efforts. The FTC and telecommunication industry created a strike force and has had some success in blocking illegal scam phone calls, including fake IRS debt collector calls. Currently, the strike force, along with the FCC, is finalizing recommendations to give telecommunications carriers more power to block these types of phone calls. I will continue to support Congress’ efforts to ensure the FTC and FCC are giving industry the proper regulatory guidance they need to protect consumers from unwanted solicitations and illegal scammers.

Feel free to contact my telecommunications staff member, Elliott Phaup, in my Washington, DC, office should you have any questions and please continue to share your thoughts with me. To stay current on issues that are facing Congress and your community, please visit my website at www.dutch.house.gov and sign up for my periodic e-mail newsletter. I also encourage you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Sincerely,

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Member of Congress

Note: Please do not reply directly to this e-mail. I ask that you use the e-mail form on my website.

Master Gardener Workshop – April 13th

The University of Maryland Extension, Anne Arundel County, will present a Master Gardener workshop April 13 at 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Linthicum Community Library, 400 Shipley Road.

The presentation will include details about planning the shape and size of your garden, as well as information about how native bees are attracted to the native plants of the mid-Atlantic. A list of recommended plants will be distributed.

For more information, call 410.222.6265 or visit www.aacpl.net/events/ask-master-gardener-112614.

Source: Vecchioni, Heather. “Master Gardener Workshop” Capital Gazette. March 28, 2019. www.capitalgazette.com/neighborhoods/ac-cn-north-county-0330-story.html.