Baltimore County Committee hopes to create new district [Towson]

For the Towson Times
Tim Tenne leads a committee tasked with looking at the logistics of making Towson a separate council district.

West Towson resident Tim Tenne spent 20 years in the Air Force. During his service as a pilot and colonel, he moved 13 times, so he has seen a lot when it comes to the different ways in which communities are managed, governed and grown. He and his wife, Andrea, have two sons in college; have started a business, T3 Run – a running event service; and he is working with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Tennes are happily settled into their long-term home, and Tim wants to help ensure the best and brightest path for Towson's future.

Tim was recently chosen as chairman of a new Baltimore County Committee tasked with looking at the logistics of making Towson a separate council district. The committee has been pulled together through the office of Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who has proposed a nine-member council (instead of seven) to make it happen, http://bsun.md/1PdETG0. Transparency and public participation are foundations for the group. The committee has four members, and would like to add more. The goal is to assemble a team with diversity of backgrounds, interests and political leanings to represent Towson as a whole. The group is enthusiastic and invested in their mission.

Referencing the initial meetings of the Baltimore County Committee, Tim said "The Towson Council District is off to a positive start, with lots of energy in framing the issue and looking at all of the options with the interest of Towson and the county at the forefront. We look forward to serving, collaborating, and building relationships among our fellow Towson citizens."

Towson was its own council district until the past election. The Fifth District now stretches from Charles Street on the west to the Harford County line on the east, encompassing Towson, Loch Raven Village, Carney, Oak Crest Village, Fullerton, Perry Hall, and Kingsville. Some of the new borderlines seem to make little sense, and there is certain to be much interest in the next mandated redistricting, which will take place in 2018.

Driving through downtown Towson, you can't miss the change that's taking place. Entire blocks have been recently razed. Major construction, roadwork, and pipe system replacements are underway, and many other projects are looming on the horizon.

There is a need to deal with issues such as impact fees involved with green space, sidewalks, sewers, utilities, and more. There are opportunities to consider revisions to the county charter to make sure residents have a meaningful voice in what is happening in their community. There is even potential to make Towson into an incorporated entity — an option that might be complicated but is an intriguing possibility. There is much at stake for Towson residents, and now is the time to act. Would you be interested in lending your voice to this collaboration? Contact David Mark's office at council5@baltimorecountymd.gov for more information or to express an interest in the committee.

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