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Dear Friends,

 

I hope you had a Happy Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a great time for us to remember the people whose sacrifice made and saved America, the greatest nation on earth. Over the weekend, I had the honor of participating in Westminster’s annual Memorial Day parade. It's always good for us to take some time to reflect on the great sacrifices that the men and women of the armed services make to defend our way of life. Thank you to all those who have served, but especially on Memorial Day, we remember and thank those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

 

This update contains information on a local event for Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga, funding for Westminster City Park, Maryland’s Bond rating, an upcoming life insurance town hall forum, a “cool” town in Carroll County, a Route 32 planning study workshop and meeting, events in our area and a traffic alert.

 

Join me Thursday evening in Eldersburg - Fundraiser Supporting Kathy Szeliga for U.S. Senate:

I'm supporting U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga. She’s a real Marylander, wife, mom, grandmother, and small business owner who would take our conservative principles to Washington.  I hope you can join me and the entire District 5 team this Thursday evening at Salerno’s, 1043 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784. Event begins at 7:00. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.

 

Westminster Receives $275,000 to Develop Westminster City Park Playground

Last week, the Board of Public Works approved a request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $275,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Carroll County to develop the Westminster City Park Playground. The project includes the replacement of outdated playground equipment at the Park with equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Maryland receives AAA Bond Rating

Last week, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced that all three major bond rating agencies have re-affirmed the State’s strong AAA bond rating in preparation for the upcoming competitive sale of State General Obligation Bonds on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Maryland is one of only 9 states to hold the coveted AAA rating from all three agencies. S&P Global Ratings, one of these agencies, commented on the momentum Maryland’s economy has regained in 2015. Although all agencies noted that pension-funded ratios are below average, Governor Hogan’s actions for the last 2 years have improved these ratios for the benefit of those who will receive these pensions as well as the entire state. All agencies also noted Maryland’s strong economy and prudent fiscal management. The state of Maryland uses the proceeds from these bonds to finance necessary capital projects, such as schools, community colleges, university projects and hospitals.

 

Life Insurance Town Hall Forum

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. will be conducting a town hall forum to solicit feedback on issues related to the state’s life and health insurance sector. Consumers, business owners, and regulated insurance entities are invited to participate. Some of the topics to be discussed include implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes to employee benefit plans, as well as options with medical stop-loss insurance, and experiences with the Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange.  Carolyn Quattrocki, Executive Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, will also be in attendance with Commissioner Redmer.  

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

   10 a.m.-12 p.m.

CARROLL COUNTY
Scott Theatre – Carroll Community College

1601 Washington Rd., Westminster, MD

 

Sykesville finalist for Coolest Small Town in America

We all know what a great place Carroll County is to live. Budget Travel magazine has selected Sykesville in their annual contest as one of fifteen finalist for Coolest Small Town in America. The local businesses and the town of Sykesville will host a Coolest Kickoff Party in America, June 3 at 6pm.

 

MD 32 Planning Study Public Workshop- I-70 to MD 26

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration invites interested persons to attend a Public Workshop for the MD 32 Planning Study, which is located between I-70 in Howard County and MD 26 (Liberty Road) in Carroll County. Public meeting will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5pm to 7 pm at the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department Legacy Hall, 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, Maryland 21784. There will be no formal presentation, you may arrive at any time during workshop hours. For more information, visit www.roads.maryland.gov, click on Projects, SHA Projects Page, Carroll or Howard County, MD 32 (Sykesville) – I-70 to MD 26.

 

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

The Maryland Department of Transportation will hold an informal public meeting about the bridge replacement on MD 496 (Bachmans Valley Road) over Big Pipe Creek in Carroll County. The meeting will held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Ebb Valley Elemenatary School, 3100 Swiper Road, Manchester.

 

Traffic Alert for the week of May 30, 2016

Carroll County Department of Public Work advises drivers to allow extra time when traveling through construction work zones.

Mahuron Road                                     Reclamation

Middleburg Road                                 Pipe Crossing Work

(MD 194 to Union Bridge Road)

Main Road                                            Storm Drain Work

(From Town of Union Bridge to Middleburg Road)

Miller Drive                                          Reclamation

Monarch Meadows Drive                    Reclamation

Reese Manor Drive                              Reclamation

Tara Oaks Court                                  Reclamation

Walter Drive                                        Reclamation

 

Upcoming Events in Carroll County

Gamber & Community Fire Co. Annual Fireman’s Carnival, May 28- June 4, 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg.

Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival, May 31-June 4, Union Bridge Fire Co Carnival Grounds, Union Bridge.

Carroll County Public Library 3rd Annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser, June 4, 9 am – 4 pm. Eldersburg Branch.

Westminster Ringers, Inc. Spring Concert, June 4, 2016, 7:30 pm, Carroll Community College, Westminster.

Deer Creek 45th Annual Fiddlers Convention, June 11, 2016, Carroll County Farm Museum

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

Senator Justin Ready