By Jon Meoli, email@example.com
4:59 PM EDT, July 12, 2012
Baltimore County police announced Wednesday that a speed camera would be installed on Regester Avenue near Stoneleigh Elementary School, a measure designed to keep school zones safe while children are in the area.
But for the next year, Stoneleigh won't even be a schoolhouse. It will be a construction site.
Work began in early June on an $18.8 million renovation and addition project that will add 200 seats to the school, a project that will send the students, faculty, and staff to the old Carver Center for the Arts and Technology building for the 2012-13 school year.
County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email to the Towson Times on Thursday that police are discussing how the Stoneleigh building might be used during the construction period, which school board officials said would last 15 months.
"If, as a result, there is any change in plans regarding the speed camera, we will make the public aware," Armacost said.
The county's speed cameras are activated through the year, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, as some schools are used before and after school hours for recreation programs. It's unclear if Stoneleigh's fields might still be used for recreation programs during the construction period.
The installation of the county's five most recent speed cameras, four of which were activated on Thursday, July 12, was announced on June 1, meaning that the Stoneleigh camera could be active in as little as five weeks.
County Councilman David Marks, who represents the 5th District including Towson, voted against legislation that expanded the speed camera in January 2011 and the contract that enacts that expansion.
However, Marks said at the time that he would pass along any community's request for a camera to the police department.
He has inquired with county police about use of the camera while the school is under construction, but said the County Council has no say in the matter.
"It's up to the police department," he said. "It's their discretion."