Community gets “down and dirty” in battle against Baltimore County Code Enforcement
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 16th September 2019

It appears that the Bird River Road Neighborhood Association is getting “down” to business  after having enough of the “dirty” part of the equation.

The issue at hand is whether Baltimore County Code Enforcement is doing its job in applying the same standards to the business community as it does to regular folks.

The Baltimore Post received a copy of the following video from a concerned citizen regarding this potential double standard applied by county code officials.

This occurred in the 6th councilmanic section of Baltimore County, which is often referred to as the Middle River area. Their council representative is Cathy Bevins.

Councilwoman Kathy Bevins represents the Middle River area of Baltimore County. (Photo Credit: WJZ TV)

The director of code enforcement is Lionel van Dommelen.

Mr. van Dommelen’s career has not been without controversy. In 2011, Minnick’s Restaurant in Dundalk was sold to the Seahorse after a gambling raid targeted the owners of the  Minnick’s Restaurant.

Mr. van Dommelen at one time owned the Sea Horse Inn, and he still may be involved in a partnership controlling the bar on Wise Avenue.

The establishment was again broiled in another controversial incident, as this article demonstrates.

Mr. van Dommelen was appointed to head the county code enforcement section by the late Kevin Kamenetz.

Here is the entire quote regarding the community’s complaint.

“I have been holding off on this post…..and its now time to Public Shame, because Baltimore County Code Enforcement is dropping the ball on this business, AGAIN!!!! I work with so many wonderful neighbors and business’ in the Bird River Road Community volunteering their time to keep our neighborhood clean. Affordable Transmission, has not been a good neighbor to the Bird River Community in the past years. They continue to ignore zoning laws, on both properties they own on Reames RD and Reames RD and Pulaski Hwy. And Baltimore Code Enforcement continues to give them a pass. I have sat in many Code Enforcement Hearings to hear one property owner after another get fined hundreds of dollars for not having a lid on their trash can. True story; An elderly couple on a fixed income was fined $300 for what appeared to be a first time offense. It has been over a month this garbage has been sitting on their property. Affordable Transmission Clean up the garbage on your property.”

Maybe that is why Baltimore County’s Code Enforcement rates only 1.4 out of a possible 5 stars.

We have to wonder if this fulfills the promises of County Executive John Olszewski, who claimed he would be “(m)aking this a better Baltimore County.”

It would appear not, folks. At least not from where many of us are sitting.



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