Towson Poised for New Police Post, Community Center in Budget Proposal

 

Five police officers would be added to the Baltimore County Police Department to patrol Towson’s “new entertainment district,” according to the budget proposal.

 

When County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented his $1.75 billion budget proposal this week for fiscal year 2015, he called out several initiatives of interest in Towson.

 

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Five police officers would be added to the Baltimore County Police Department to patrol Towson’s “new entertainment district,” according to the budget proposal.

 

An extra post would be created for the entertainment district within the police department, in anticipation of Towson Square opening this summer, Kamenetz told Patch.

 

In addition, the county executive proposed allocating $6.5 million toward the construction of the new Towson firehouse. He said the county sold the existing station at York Road and Bosley Avenue for $8.3 million.

 

Other funds proposed:

  • $500,000 in design funding for new community centers in Loch Raven and Catonsville
  • $2 million to install turf fields at Towson High, Dundalk High and the new Catonsville Regional Park at Spring Grove State Hospital

 

The county executive laid out a long-term plan for managing school capacity that longer-term project to plan for schools in next decade called “Schools for Our Future” that will require a referendum this fall. The $1.1 billion initiative aims to keep up with growing enrollment in Baltimore County schools. It calls for the following projects in the Towson area:

  • Renovation to reopen a 600-seat Loch Raven Elementary School
  • Conversion of Halstead Academy into 500-seat elementary magnet preparatory school
  • Construction of 189-seat addition at Cromwell Valley Elementary School and 200-seat addition to Sparks Elementary School

 

Read more: http://towson.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/baltimore-county-executive-kevin-kamenetz-presents-fy-2015-budget-proposal

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