The general membership of the Glyndon Community Association will discuss a proposed water tower as well as the on-going water pipe replacement project at its quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. on November 9, 2011. The group will meet at the Woman’s Club of Glyndon.
- Committee Reports
- Water Pipe / Road Repairs
- Water Tower
- Water Pipe Replacement Project Update
- July 4 parade report
Constellation Energy will be filming an advertisement on Glyndon Avenue on May 23 and 24.
The Glyndon Community Association’s water pipe project task force has coordinated with the County and the film production crew to make sure the two efforts do not conflict.
The 80-member film crew will park at Glyndon United Methodist Church and Glyndon Village Center. The film production crew will have several local college students in safety vests as well as an off-duty policeman making sure parking goes smoothly and the actors find their way to the shoot.
The crew also has promised to scheduling loading and unloading so as not to conflict with the water pipe construction.
A report from Kate Bullock, chair of the Glyndon Community Association Water Pipe Task Force
As a result of negotiations between the State, County and Contractor, the following changes have been made to the construction schedule.The following dates are approximate only. Actual dates will be determined by weather.
April 4 – April 8
Butler Road will not be repaved at this time. However, all patches on Butler will be re-dug and re-filled to create a smoother temporary surface. One lane of traffic will be maintained during the process, with flaggers present. Some re-patching may also be done in other areas where temporary patches have eroded over the winter The County will notify schools and Police to expect traffic disruptions. Final repaving of Butler Road will not occur until late summer or fall.
April 7 – Mid Summer
Pipe replacement construction will begin on Central and the side streets. It will begin at Butler Road, and move south. Work in this area is expected to take 3 months. At some point during this 3 month period, the following will also be done: Defective fire hydrant at Albright and Railroad will be replaced.Road rut in front of hydrant on Railroad at Chatsworth will be temporarily patched. The County will notify schools and the Police about expected traffic disruptions.
Please talk with you children…they will need to be far more careful in the streets than they are used to being.
Flaggers & Police Patrols
Early on in this process, the flaggers were not well trained, and caused as many problems as they solved. A great deal of time was invested working with the Contractor, and the situation improved. I am anticipating the same problem to occur again, and the same discussion will follow.
Please be careful out there. We have again requested police patrols to guard against vehicular and pedestrian accidents during construction. Just as they did during prior construction, police will monitor for speed, stop sign violations, failure to follow flagger’s directions, and all other traffic violations.
Last time, this process resulted in a large number of violations and created a clear awareness within the Franklin Precinct of problems in Glyndon. When making stops, police will not discriminate between residents and commuters, so be careful out there!
As always, please do not hesitate to contract me if you have any questions,
A report from Kate Bullock, chair of Glyndon Community Association’s Water Pipe Task Force
Date and Location
Construction will resume no later than March 28, and will likely begin prior to the 28th. Work will begin on Central Avenue and the side streets between Central and Railroad. Crews will start at the northern end of Central, at Butler, working their way south to the Albright/Central area. Work hours will be from 8 AM – 4 PM. For now, we
can assume that work in this section will take 2-3 months.
I will be contacting the Franklin District, requesting that they resume patrols. I expect this section to be the most difficult in terms of traffic. Please watch for cars using side streets as high speed cut throughs. There will be delays for school buses, as well as school-bound and work bound traffic. Please talk to your children – they will need to be far more careful on the streets than they are used to being.
As of this writing, the County has no plan to prohibit on-street parking in work areas. However, you might want to consider finding another location for parking, to protect your vehicles.
No road re-paving will occur until all construction work is complete. I am projecting that construction will not be complete until the fall of 2011. There will be no curb-to-curb re-paving. Sections disturbed for construction will be
re-dug and resurfaced. At the same time, any curbs or sidewalks that have been disturbed for construction, will be repaired.
However…there is always a but…The State has mandated that Butler Road be repaved ASAP, so that they can keep their speeding traffic moving. The repaving date for Butler is currently in negotiation, however, it is expected to start in late April or early May.
Where construction has already occurred, the patches have shown some winter wear. Patches will not be repaired unless a significant danger is evident.
One fire hydrant on Albright at Railroad, and one at Chatsworth and Railroad are leaking. The County is aware of this. The issue will not be addressed until the crews return, and then will have to be coordinated with the overall project. If anyone is aware of other leaking hydrants, please let me know.
As soon as additional information becomes available, I will provide updates to our new GCA President, John Morris, for dissemination to the Community. In the interim, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at:GlyndonWater@yahoo.com
Thank you for your continued patience,
An Update from GCA president Gary Lenz:
The light snows we have had in the last week add a majestic glow to our wonderful neighborhood. The bone chilling temperatures are keeping folks indoors, except for the sledding children. When you venture out, be mindful of the ice caused by the snow and the cold. Below you will find information important to our community members.
GCA ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual meeting of the Glyndon Community Association will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 beginning at 7 PM in the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department. The notice of this meeting has gone out to all members. It is also posted at the Post Office bulletin board and at Santoni’s Market.
The agenda for this meeting includes the Election of Officers for 2011 – 2012, voting on an important change to the GCA Bylaws and much more. George Boden and Joe Culotta, the gentlemen from Baltimore County, who are instrumental in the Water Pipe Project will be with us. They will be able to update us on the Project and how it will proceed when work resumes in March. If you have any questions, George and Joe will answer them. We hope to see all of you on February 9th.
Now the commercial: Dues invoices for GCA went out the first week of January to all of our community. We invite you to renew your membership or join GCA, as many have already done. Send your check to GCA, P.O. Box 86, Glyndon, MD 21071. You may also pay at the Annual Meeting. Remember, you must be a currently paid member to vote at the meeting. We want you to join us.
IT’S THE LAW! CLEAR YOUR SIDEWALKS
This is a reminder that it is important that we clear our sidewalks after it snows. The sidewalks are used by our residents on a regular basis and it is important that these be clear to walk on. Below is the Baltimore County Law concerning the clearing of sidewalks. Within 24 hours after a snowfall, it is our job to clear our walks. If we have an elderly neighbor, or someone is out-of-town, it is nice to offer assistance, needless to say. Our residents do a good job in this regard, but a reminder is important to all of us.
§ 18-3-107. REMOVAL OF SNOW AND ICE.
(a) Required. Within 24 hours after the fall of any snow, each person or public institution occupying or using a residential, commercial, or industrial building in any manner or for any purpose shall remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, the snow from the foot pavements fronting the respective houses, stores, shops, stables, houses of worship, lots occupied by any buildings, unoccupied buildings, and unoccupied lots that run along streets in the county.
(b) Manner of removal. In removing or clearing the snow, the person may not:
(1) Obstruct the passage of water in gutters along the street; or
(2) Throw the snow on the paved portion of the street.
(c) County may remove. If the person required to remove and clear snow under this section does not remove and clear the snow, the county may do so at the expense of the person.
(d) Expense a lien.
(1) If the person does not pay the expense incurred by the county for snow removal under this section, the expense shall be a lien on the property in the same manner as taxes, and shall be collected in the same manner provided by law for the collection of taxes.
(2) Charges and assessments imposed under this subsection are benefit charges and may not exceed a reasonable estimate of the special benefit conferred on the property.
(e) Removal of ice. The person required to remove and clear snow also shall keep ice and every type of obstruction out of the gutters leading to and off the pavements or sidewalks located in front or at the rear or sides of the same buildings.
(f) Penalty. In addition to the other remedies provided in this section, a person who fails to comply with this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $25 for each failure and an additional $25 for each day the obstruction continues.
(1988 Code, § 31-8) (Bill No. 3, 1990, § 2; Bill No. 66-01, § 2, 7-1-2004)
CARING AND SHARING
As you probably know, Eileen and Rich Wuerthele have moved from Glyndon, due to an occupational relocation. I am pleased to welcome the new residents of that property, Cassandra (CJ) and Alan Gulley. We welcome them to Glyndon and to the GCA, as they have already joined our Association. Please join me in welcoming CJ and Alan to our community.
If you know of anyone who is ill, has died, is moving, or has moved into Glyndon, please notify Vernene Rodgers Lenz, the chairperson of this committee. We want to include everyone but you are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community.
THINK SUMMER! STINK BUGS??
It is not hard to remember the infestation of “stink bugs” that we had in our homes last summer. If you interested in more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (how many of you knew this full name?), the University of Maryland Extension will be offering a 2 hour program on this critter and how to cope with it at the Carroll County Office on January 27, 2011. For more information contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 410-386-2760. Thank you to Meredith Wells for passing this along to us.
Enjoy the rest of the winter. Soon we will be receiving the flower and shrub catalogs in the mail which will mean that it will be time to think, “Spring.”
I hope to see you at the GCA Annual Meeting. We also look forward to seeing each other around our quaint Victorian community, where everyone says, “Hello!”
Please feel free to offer your volunteer help to GCA — just contact me! “The more hands, the merrier!” as the old expression states. GCA is YOUR organization, it works for YOU — it is not a clique for only a few — but, a membership driven Association. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A report by Water Pipe Project Chairperson, Kate Bullock:
At the request of the Contractor, the County has agreed to temporarily stop construction work in Glyndon, until Mid-March. Work will be completed on Railroad and Albright this week. Work on Central will not begin until Mid-March.
All aspects of the construction project require the use of water. Freezing temperatures not only interfere with work schedules, but create dangerous ice for both crews and the Community.
While no problems are anticipated, should residents or businesses on Butler, Railroad, or Albright, experience any problems with road patches or with their new connections, please contact me, or Joe Culotta.
I’ll see you in the spring thaw…Kate Grace Bullock, Chair, Water Pipe Replacement, GCA, GlyndonWater@yahoo.com
Joe Culotta, Field Inspector, Baltimore County, 1-443-789-0539
A report by Water Pipe Project Chairperson, Kate Bullock:
HOLIDAY WORK SCHEDULE
Crews will work a half day on Friday, December 24th. There will be no construction during the last week of December, the 27th through the 31st. Work will resume on January 3, 2011.
It is anticipated that all work on Butler Road will be completed by mid-December. However, unless there is a warming trend, final paving of Butler Road will not be done until spring or summer.
In mid-December, crews will begin to connect the new water pipe to individual properties. No access to your property will be required to complete the connection. You are not required to be at home. Crews will knock on your door prior to shutting off water for approximately 20 minutes in order to make the connection. If there are any vacant houses near you, you may want to contact owners to have them check that water is running freely to their houses after the connection is made. Work on Albright and Railroad is expected to be completed by the end of December.
CENTRAL AVENUE AND SIDE STREETS
Work in this section could begin any time between mid-December and the first of the year. Work will begin at the north end of Central (at Butler Road), moving south to Albright. Side streets will done at the same time, moving north to south. It is anticipated that work in this section will take 2 months or longer. Three months or more is a safe assumption.
During construction, there will be one lane of traffic on Central Avenue. As work is done on side streets, they will be closed to all but local traffic. On street parking will not be prohibited, however you may want to find alternative parking during construction to eliminate any chance of damage to your vehicles.
Weather conditions will slow the progress that crews can make. Several aspects of construction require the use of water. While crews will salt any areas that may be subject to ice, expect to see more ice on roads and sidewalks than normal. Snowplows will not be able to make a clean sweep over steel plates or temporary paving. Be aware that ice will collect in these areas, and pot holes will form. As most asphalt suppliers close during the winter months, crushed stone may have to be used for temporary paving.
The steel plates used during the pipe laying process make a great deal of noise and cause houses to shake rattle and roll. The steel plates used when house connections are made, are even worse. The problem should be less severe on other roads than it has been on Butler, with fewer cars and lower speeds. However, be prepared to be unhappy for a few days until temporary paving replaces steel plates.
Since construction began in July, both the County and I have received remarkably few complaints from business and residents. In fact, many have complimented the crews for their work, and for the respect that they have shown for private property. While we certainly hope that to continue to be the case, should any problems, concerns, or questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact either:
GCA Chair, Water Replacement Project
Baltimore County Field Inspector
Below you will find an update from our Water Project Chair, Kate Bullock on the current and future state of the project.
Before you read the update, be reminded:
Wednesday, November 10 7PM GCA Quarterly Meeting at Forbush School
Sunday, December 5 Annual GCA Sponsored Christmas Tree Lighting 6:30PM at Glyndon Fire Hall
Butler Road – Section I
New water lines are currently being tested for pressure and bacteria. As soon as testing is complete, lines will be tied-in to main valves at Glen Morris and Railroad. Tie-in work at these two locations will occur from 10 PM – 6 AM. Fewer properties than anticipated will be affected – only those on Butler Road, from 3rd Avenue to Central Avenue. All property owners will receive 48 hours written notice prior to the water shut off. The Contractor will leave the notice at your door. Once that work is complete, each Butler Road property will be connected to the new line. That will require a 15-20 minute water shut off. Property owners will be notified by a knock at the door.
It is highly recommended that each time your water is turned on/off, you flush your line. The best way to do this is to open an outside hose bib, or to run the water in your lowest or first to enter the house indoor faucet, until it runs clear.
Once the above is complete, Butler Road properties will be served by new water lines, and will not see construction again until next spring or summer when the road is repaved and the old fire hydrants removed.
Railroad/Albright – Section II
Work is in progress. Watch for road closures and detours.
Central Avenue and Three Side Streets – Section III
Stay tuned for information regarding construction dates, road closures, and traffic issues.
Questions or Concerns:
Posted at the request of Gary Lenz, president of the Glyndon Community Association
Construction schedules are estimates only. Estimates are subject to multiple unforeseen variables such as weather, design conflicts, utility conflicts, etc.
Section One – Butler Road
Cossentino Contracting Company has projected that work in Section One will take approximately 12 weeks. Section One will take the longest to complete. Work hours are 9 AM- 3 PM.
The last phase of work on Butler will be the tie-ins at Railroad and Glen Morris. This work will be done between the hours of 11 PM – 7 AM, two nights only.
Section Two – Railroad and Albright
Based on the above projection, work in Section Two may begin in October. Work hours are 8 AM – 4 PM.
Section Three – Central, Chatsworth, Glyndon, Belleview
Section Four – Fiske and Worthington
Section Five – Waugh and Prospect
Section Six – Final tie-in at Central and Albright
Final Paving in all Sections
Work in these sections will continue through the winter and spring and summer. Work hours are 8 AM – 4 PM.
The Contractor will provide advance notice prior to any water shut-offs in your section.
Night work will occur for two nights only. It will occur at the completion of work on Butler Road. This is required to complete tie-in work at Railroad and at Glen Morris.
Construction sites create reduced visibility for everyone. Whether
driving, biking, or on skate boards, proceed with caution. This is a great time to have a chat with infallible children.
If you rely on on-street parking, you may want to plan ahead for alternatives.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Kate Bullock at GlyndonWater@Yahoo.com