I am shocked and saddened by the senseless violence this past weekend in Orlando. The appropriate thing right now is prayer for those affected and resolve to stand against radical Islamic terrorism and any ideology that seeks to destroy innocent and defenseless lives.
This update contains information on funding for an initiative by Governor Hogan to improve customer service, a business breakfast that I am hosting, a “cool” town in Carroll County, a Route 32 and a 496 meeting, and some traffic alerts.
Improving Maryland Customer Service
Governor Hogan has just announced the launch of the Customer Service Initiative, a continuous program designed to foster improvements in customer service across the Maryland state agencies. The initiative, which goes into effect immediately, focuses on three core deliverables: a renewed focus on a strong service culture in state agencies; improved customer service training for state employees; and the establishment of new service performance metrics, which will allow the administration and all Marylanders to track improvements in customer service over time. Every state agency is required to submit a plan by October 1st to develop and continually improve customer service.
Ready Business Breakfast Fundraiser
On Tuesday, June 21st, I’m holding my annual Business Breakfast Fundraiser at Maggie’s in Westminster. This is one of only two fundraising events we will be holding this year. I appreciate your support so that we can continue the positive progress in Maryland. There will be a special guest and a detailed report on the 2016 Session. To purchase tickets or make a donation, click here.
Smithsonian Exhibition Tour Coming to Carroll County
Recently, Baltimore based Maryland Humanities selected five sites to host The Way We Worked, a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, which will tour throughout Maryland from February to November 2017. The exhibit will be hosted at the Carroll County Farm Museum with partners Union Mills Homestead Foundation and the Gatehouse museum of History in Sykesville. The tour is scheduled to be at the Farm Museum May 26-July 14, 2017.
Sykesville Named Coolest Small Town
It’s official! Carroll County is now officially home to the Coolest Small Town in America. On June 6th, Sykesville secured the title of Budget Travel magazine's Coolest Small Town with a massive win in online polling. Sykesville, which received 44 percent of the votes, trounced second-place finisher Pipestone, Minnesota, which finished with 19 percent of the vote total.
MD 32 Public Meeting Announcement- MD 108 to Linden Church Road
The Maryland Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to provide more information about the MD 32 widening project between MD 108 to Linden Church Road. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the Riverdale High School cafeteria, 12101 MD 108, Clarksville.
MD 496 over Big Pipe Creek Meeting Announcement
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration invites interested persons to attend an informational public meeting about the bridge replacement on MD 496 (Bachmans Valley Road) over Big Pipe Creek in Carroll County. The meeting will be held at Ebb Valley Elementary School, 3100 Swiper Road, Manchester, Maryland 21102 on June 23, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be no formal presentation.
Old New Windsor Road Closure
Old New Windsor Road in Union Bridge is scheduled to close on or about June 20, 1016 through late August 2016. Additional details are available at http://newwindsorquarry.com/detours-road-closures.
Traffic Alert for June 19, 2016
Traffic Alert Issued for Winfield/Woodbine (South Carroll County). 7:00 am to 11am Meals on Wheels “Tri to Win” Sprint Triathlon. Bicyclists and runners/walkers departing, and returning to, the South Carroll Swim Club (1900 West Liberty Rd., Westminster, MD 21157).
Motorists are advised that participants will utilize the following roads as the route for the
event: MD 26 (Liberty Rd.); to right on MD 27 (Ridge Rd); to right on Nicodemus Rd.;
to right on Salem Bottom Rd.; to right on Bloom Rd.; to left on Sams Creek Rd.; to right
on Salem Bottom Rd.; to right on MD 26 (Liberty Rd.); and, return into the South Carroll
Swim. The roads will remain open to traffic, however motorists should use caution and
be aware of these other roadway users.
Road WorkTraffic Alert for the week of June 13, 2016
Carroll County Department of Public Work advises drivers to allow extra time when traveling through construction work zones.
Campus Court Reclamation
Kolbe Road Reclamation
Maple Crest Road Inlet adjustments
Middleburg Road Storm Drain Work
(MD 194 to Union Bridge Road)
Main Road Storm Drain Work
(From Town of Union Bridge to Middleburg Road)
Miller Drive Paving
Monarch Meadows Drive Paving
Overbrook Driave Storm Drain Work
Reese Manor Drive Paving
Smiley Drive Inlet adjustments
Walter Drive Reclamation
Wayne Avenue Reclamation
Winwood Terrace Storm Drain Work
Woodland Drive Inlet adjustments
Keeping you informed is a responsibility that I take seriously and always appreciate your interest and feedback on my updates. Please contact me with any questions or concerns that you have.
Senator Justin Ready