Repeat Offender
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 21st January 2017
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June 13, 2016 11:59 pm ET

Crandell again fails to follow law in revitalization resolution

Source: Repeat Offender

Photo credit/WYPR.org (Todd, what did you get me into now?)

Before I begin, let us not forget the victims of the radical Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families, and our country.

We stand united.

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I don’t follow today’s music much, but even I know that there is a song titled, “Oops, I did it again.”

Sounds like a certain councilman’s theme song, if you ask me. (And since this is my column, I will pretend that you asked me.)

Folks, I don’t dream up this stuff. If I did, I would have to seek help for recurring nightmares.

Nor do I go looking for this stuff. If I did, I would need an army to keep up with the amount of crap that comes from our council members.

So, without further “punny business,” let me share with you this exclusive that has been brought to you by (cue background music) the informed citizens of Dundalk.

This came about after a Sun article by Pam Wood:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/dundalk/bs-md-co-dundalk-revitalization-20160606-story.html

So, the informed folks asked me if I had heard anything about this situation, to which I replied that I had not. They proceeded to tell me that neither did they, which is where the story gets hairy, as they say.

The hair in this case comes from the follicles known as the Baltimore County Code. But we will get to that in a moment.

Now, maybe this wouldn’t be such a major FUBAR (from the movie Platoon) situation if it did not involve a secondcouncil member—the co-signer and Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond from the 2nd District.

To make matters worse, this major screw-up swallowed up the entire rubberstamp council and the chief of the rubber stamp crowd, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

So, let me explain exactly what happened. Councilman Crandell introduced Resolution 67-16, which was cosigned by Council Chair Vicki Almond (who also wants to be the next county executive, for what it’s worth). Then the matter was introduced before the rubberstamp crowd, which voted unanimously to pass the resolution, which was ultimately signed by Mr. Kamenetz.

Getting back to that pesky matter of the county code, here is the part of the law that Mr. Crandell omitted:

Article 26-1-101, (5) (ii)

Hold a public hearing on the proposed revitalization plan, after thirty (30) days’ notice by publication once a week for two (2) weeks in at least two (2) newspapers having general circulation in the county, giving the time, place, and date of the hearing, and an opportunity for the public to review the plans. The hearing shall be held either in the councilmanic or legislative district within which the plan for the revitalization district lies;

Amazing that it took any of us this long to figure this out. It begs the question how many more violations there have been…

Now I don’t know about you, but to this journalist, this whole situation is either incredibly corrupt or incredibly incompetent.

I’m just getting cranked up, so fasten your seat belts and hold your nose ‘cause [sic] this is a stinker.

As usual, I did my homework by sending out this email:

The Honorable Ms. Vicki Almond
Council Chairwoman
2nd District
Baltimore County, MD 21204

The Honorable Todd Crandell
Councilman, 7th District
Dundalk, MD 21222

(For the record)

Dear Councilman Crandell and Councilwoman Almond:

Regarding Resolution 67-16, Revitalization Area, Dundalk, MD

Councilman Crandell, as per the Baltimore County Code, Article 26-1-101, (5) (ii)

Hold a public hearing on the proposed revitalization plan, after thirty (30) days’ notice by publication once a week for two (2) weeks in at least two (2) newspapers having general circulation in the county, giving the time, place, and date of the hearing, and an opportunity for the public to review the plans. The hearing shall be held either in the councilmanic or legislative district within which the plan for the revitalization district lies;

Can you provide documentation of the above requirements prior to the May 26, 2016 Resolution that was submitted for a vote and subsequently passed?

Documentation should include the announcement via newspapers of general circulation, in the county, giving the time, place, and date of the hearing, and an opportunity for the public to review the plans.

Additional documentation should include the name and location of the meeting and a sign in sheet.

This was brought to my attention by numerous members of the community that could not recall such a notice or meeting prior to the passage of the Resolution.

I eagerly await your reply.

Sincerely,

Buzz Beeler

Just to make sure I covered all the bases, I even sent a copy to Mr. Kamenetz’s chief of staff, Mr. Don Mohler.

This was done Friday, which means that—as of this writing—it has been two full days without, you guessed it, a reply. Mum is the word among the mummers, and I’m not talking about the marching band from Philadelphia, but more like this clip from tis band of screw-ups:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1v0jB3OswM

I’m just a tad suspicious about this whole deal, as well as the timing of said revitalization.

Why? Because everything in these parts leads to TradePointAtlantic.

Here is a copy of the Resolution:

http://resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/CountyCouncil/resolutions%202016/r06716.pdf

Take, for example, Mr. Crandell’s rush to push TPA through the council despite pleas by the community to wait for 30 days so the bill could be vetted. But now, Bill 67-16 is (believe it or not) right at the hub or entrance to the TPA gateway.

Take that and couple it with the closure of the Peninsula Bridge on Rt. 157 and suddenly a picture begins to form that goes right to Annapolis.

Heck, there is even a railroad track (in Mr. Crandell) that leads to TPA.

Still think everything is on the up and up, folks?

So now we are left with the remnants of Mr. Crandell’s gross incompetence and the mud it splashes and sticks on the rest of the council and Mr. Kamenetz.

It kind of looks like this famous clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFR5oZQrIVc

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