Now Hiring: FT Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator & PT Litter-Vac Operator

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The Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) is currently seeking a full-time Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator and a part-time Litter-Vac Operator to join its Clean Team. These positions will perform heavy manual work and operate equipment and vehicles in the collection, disposal of refuse and clean the streets and right-of-ways in the District.

Review the full job descriptions below:

To Apply: Please send your resume to jobs@midtowncommunity.org to be considered.

St. Paul – Calvert Street Two-Way Conversion Study Community Meeting Dates

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The Baltimore City Department of Transportation will hold three community meetings to discuss the St. Paul Streets and Calvert Streets Two-Way Conversion Study. The meeting dates are:

May 12, 2015
Benton Building
417 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore MD 21202
3rd Floor Conference Room
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

May 14, 2015
Saint Philip and James Church
2801 N. Charles Street,
Baltimore MD 21218
5:30 PM to 7:30PM

May 19, 2015
Baltimore Montessori School
1600 Guilford Avenue
Baltimore MD 21202
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact Ms. Nikia Mack, Liaison Office Coordinator at nikia.mack@baltimorecity.gov or 443-984-4094/4095 if you have special needs. Should Baltimore City Schools have a delay or are closed due to weather, the meeting will be re-scheduled.

Now Hiring: Clean Team Litter-Vac Operator (Full Time)

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The Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) is currently seeking a full-time Litter-Vac operator to join its Clean Team. The Clean Team Litter-Vac Operator position will perform heavy manual work and operate equipment and vehicles in the collection, disposal of refuse and clean the streets and right-of-ways in the District.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Ensure the following areas are clean and litter free using either a broom or mechanical sweeper: sidewalks, streets, street gutters, car parking areas, parks, and all public spaces within assigned route
  • Weed pavements and tree wells according to established weeding protocols
  • Empty trash receptacles or any approved refuse containers
  • Remove dog waste and vomit
  • Tend to emergencies when called to do so (i.e.) snow clearing, illegal dumping spots, etc.
  • Clear snow and grit from pavements and spread salt as requested.
  • Remove litter from tree pits
  • Carry out daily mechanical checks on machines before use and clean the machine at the end of each shift. Report any mechanical faults to management immediately.
  • Report graffiti to supervisor
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE
Litter-Vac Operator requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Typical operation requirements of equipment
  • Safe working practices at all times to ensure the safety of the general public
  • Traffic laws, ordinances, and rules involved with operating equipment
  • Ability to:
  • Use a high degree of diplomacy and patience while working in the field.
  • Use a high degree of judgement and common sense while operating the machine, dealing with the public and handling problems in the field.
  • Maintain a pleasant relationship with co-workers and constituents.
  • Understand and follow specific oral and written instructions.
  • Perform heavy manual labor.
  • Memorize and complete daily sweeping routes.
  • Work independently on assigned routes/projects.

Experience:
Position requires at least one year previous experience operating mechanical equipment in a safe manner. Any combination of experience, certification and training will be accepted in determining qualifications.

In addition to the requirements:

  • The selected candidate must possess a Maryland driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
  • Must successfully pass drug screening and a background check.
  • Must be physically fit to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The position requires employee to constantly use upper body to operate all components of the machine.
  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City or relocate to Baltimore City within the 90-day probationary period.

WORKING CONDITIONS
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

Physical
The employee is required to use a ride on machine, or when undertaking manual rounds, walk long distances behind their machine, up hills as well as on grassy areas. The removal of the bag from the sweeper can be difficult when it is full and requires a fair amount of physical effort. The candidate must be prepared for frequent standing, walking, bending, squatting, handling, reaching, sitting, moderate lifting of at least 50 pounds, carrying, climbing, kneeling and crawling.

Mental
A high-level of concentration is required when using the litter-vac machine as it is equipped with a wonder hose for cleaning gutters between parked cars. This involves controlling the machine with one hand requiring good concentration and skill while at the same time looking out for pedestrians and other obstacles.

Environmental
The job can be extremely dirty in dry weather and the fine dust cloud emanating from the machine at times can be extremely unpleasant especially when car exhaust fumes, vomit and/or dog excrement is sucked into the bag on the machine. The use of a dusk mask is frequently required.

The selected candidate has to work in inclement weather conditions in order to get main areas cleaned and there is no shelter when in exposed areas, therefore weather appropriate is provided and is required to be worn.

To Apply: Please send your resume to admin@midtowncommunity.org to be considered.

February 2015 Committee Meeting Schedule

Below is a list of committee meetings scheduled for February 2015. For more information, please contact the Midtown office.

Executive Committee:
Wednesday, February 11th at 6:00pm
Location: MICA Gateway Building

Clean Committee:
Thursday, February 12th at 5:30 pm
Location: Midtown office, 1107 Cathedral Street

Personnel Committee:
Tuesday February 17th 4:00 pm
Location: Midtown office, 1107 Cathedral Street

Green Committee:
Thursday, February 19th at 5:30 pm
Location: Midtown office, 1107 Cathedral Street

2015 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Below is the schedule for this year’s Board of Directors meetings. All meetings (except Town Hall Meetings) will be held at the MICA Gateway Building located at 1601 W. Mount Royal Avenue. Meetings will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

As always, they are open to the public. For a printable PDF version, please click here.

  • Wednesday, January 7 – Election of Officers, appointment of committees
  • Wednesday, March 4 – Preliminary budget approval for FY2016
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Town Hall Meeting: Public Hearing on FY2016 proposed budget Location: TBD
  • Wednesday, April 1 – Final approval of FY2016 budget
  • Wednesday, June 3
  • Wednesday, September 2
  • Wednesday, October 7 – Town Hall Meeting: Election of At-large Members Location: TBD
  • Wednesday, November 4 – 2014 Audit Report

2015 Christmas Tree Collection and Mulching Service

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Starting December 31, 2014 through January 30, 2015, the Baltimore City Bureau of Solid Waste will offer Christmas tree collection. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected.

From January 3, 2015 through January 31, 2015, trees can also be dropped off for mulching at the Reedbird Citizen Convenience Center, located at 701 Reedbird Avenue. Mulching services will be offered from Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more info, click here.

2014 Leaf Removal Plan & Schedule

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Starting today (December 1), Midtown Baltimore crews will focus on concentrated clean up of leaf fall for our four neighborhoods. “No parking signs” will be posted strategically starting throughout Bolton Hill so that Midtown staff can focus on collecting leaves that have fallen on the sidewalks and in the streets. The signs will be posted 24-48 hours before our crew’s expected arrival to provide a reasonable amount of notice to residents. We will also post a daily note on our Facebook page to alert residents as to what streets we expect to clean the following day.

As we have a great deal of ground to cover, we would greatly appreciate any and all assistance you can provide and we definitely ask for your patience. A couple things you should note:

  • Midtown will not collect leaves on private property such as a backyards or steps. We will focus on collecting leaves that have gathered in the parks once all of the streets are clean. However, we will make sure that the sidewalks in the parks are clear for foot traffic. Click here for a park leaf removal schedule.
  • Do not sweep leaves into the street or in the alleyway.
  • If you have more leaves than the city can collect, please put them in bags and place them in front of your residence. If they are in a clear bag or one marked “leaves,” Midtown staff will collect them as they clean their regular route.

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in making this leaf collection plan go smoothly!

Area 28 (Mount Vernon) Parking Permit Renewal and Pick Up Information

Current Permits expire September 30th

For those of you who already have a Residential Parking Permit in Mount Vernon (Area 28), you may renew your permit on-line at the following link.  https://pabc.t2hosted.com/cmn/index.aspx

In a slightly different process this year, you may pick up your permits at the offices of the Parking Authority at 200 W. Lombard Street, Suite B, beginning September 12.  Alternatively, you may pick up your permits at one of three pick-up sessions operated by MVBA.

Permits may be picked up at the offices of the Midtown Community Benefits District located at 1221 North Calvert Street, from 5:30pm until 8:pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 11
  • Monday, September 15
  • Tuesday, September 23

Please note that only permits that have been renewed and paid for can be picked up at one of the above sessions.  No new permit applications can be taken.

Please be sure to bring the appropriate documentation with you, at minimum:

Drivers license
Vehicle Registration card
Change of address card if applicable

Extended office hours may be available.  Call 443-573-2800 for times.
Free parking available at the Arena Garage, entrance at 99 S. Howard Street

Detailed documentation requirements:

You must present all current documentation when picking up your permits at either a Community Pick Up (on-line purchases only) or at the Parking Authority.

What you will need to provide for a permit:

  • Current Maryland Vehicle Registration (With an eligible Area #28 address unless you have a Maryland registration and are a full time student with a current Student ID)
  • 1 form of proof of residency, such as:
    • Current Lease signed by all parties that is not month to month (month to month leases require residents to come to the PABC office each month to renew permit)
    • Proof of home ownership (settlement papers)
    • Current driver’s license with your current address
    • Utility bill in your name, reflecting current address, that is no less than 30 days old
  • Any Photo ID

You may need additional documentation in the following circumstances:

  • If your vehicle is registered out of state in your name:
    • You must register your vehicle in the State of Maryland before purchasing or obtaining a parking permit or decal
    • Students from out of state and members of the military are not required to register their vehicles in the State of Maryland to obtain a decal or permit but they must present a Non-Resident Permit from the MVA (or the receipt) before PABC staff or Community Pick Up volunteers issue a permit/decal.
  • If the vehicle registration is out of state but in someone else’s name you must present:
    • A current notarized letter from the owner every time you renew. The signed letter must be dated no more than 6 months from the day you acquire your permit.
    • Your Maryland driver’s license with your current address.
    • The current vehicle registration
  • If the vehicle is registered in state but in someone else’s name you must present:
    • A current notarized letter from the vehicle’s owner granting you rights to drive this vehicle. This is required every time you renew. The letter must be signed and dated no more than 6 months from the day of acquiring your permit.

Payment Options: Parking permits are $20 each. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover credit cards. We also accept checks and money orders made out to the “Director of Finance”. Cash is not accepted.  There are no visitor passes issued in Area 28.

Contact Information:

Parking Authority: rpp@bcparking.com(Email Link) , 443-573-2800, extensions 863, 845, or 851.

Area 28 representative Steve Johnson: Sjohnson009@sprintmail.com

Midtown Baltimore is Hiring!: Green Team Crew Lead Job Description

Mission:
The Midtown Community Benefits District is a citizen-run neighborhood advocacy and improvement group authorized by law in 1996 to provide security and sanitation services along with promotional activities for a 150-block area. The District is made up of four communities: Bolton Hill, Charles North, Madison Park and Mount Vernon/Belvedere which is managed by a Management Authority. Each resident and stakeholder is a member of the Benefits District and is represented by the Board of Directors – also comprised mainly of residents and stakeholders from these neighborhoods. The District’s efforts are funded by taxpayer approved property tax surcharge. The special community benefits district was created by voter referendum in an effort to make our neighborhoods stronger, better places to live and work.

Job Description:
The Green Crew Lead will supervise a team of 2-4 employees in the stewardship of community parkland and green space within the Midtown Community Benefits District. The role requires engagement of park users and management of volunteer groups implementing park stewardship and planting projects.

1. Park Stewardship:

  • Perform ongoing park maintenance, including but not limited to: weeding, pruning, fertilizing, mulching, planting, seasonal cleanup, and trash removal
  • Operate power equipment, such as mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, tillers, and ensure that all equipment is in good working order through preventative maintenance
  • Manage the watering of trees within the District and in neighboring communities that have entered into contracts with Midtown.
  • Maintain good and productive relationships with our gardeners, neighbors, volunteers, City of Baltimore staff, and businesses
  • Meet gardeners and visitors throughout the District with confidence, charm, and tact
  • Attend and prepare for weekly meetings with the Midtown Management Team, and report on the status of the community garden network
  • Work both independently and as part of a team
  • Regularly inspect grounds; plan, and prioritize work accordingly
  • Train and supervise team members in park maintenance
  • Assist with executing Midtown projects throughout the District
  • Be an ambassador for Midtown by promoting the organization’s mission and goals
  • Additional duties as assigned

2. Volunteer Coordination:

  • Work with the Management Team to identify meaningful volunteer opportunities
  • Develop and manage volunteer projects
  • Provide oversight and recognition of volunteer efforts in the field
  • Assist the Superintendent with administrative tasks and planning

Skills and Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • A degree in Horticulture or related field from an accredited college or horticulture program OR three or more years of hands-on horticulture experience
  • Significant experience using mowing equipment, and other landscape equipment
  • The ability to repair and maintain power equipment and hand tools
  • The ability to work independently and unsupervised as well as work cooperatively and demonstrate leadership in groups
  • A positive attitude (essential), willingness to be flexible, and a commitment to achieving the goals of The Midtown Community Benefits District
  • Excellent people skills; must enjoy working with diverse groups of people, comfortable and competent working with committees, and speaking to the public
  • A keen eye for detail; an awareness of and concern for the aesthetic quality in all aspects of landscape management
  • The ability to utilize computer software to maintain a database/inventory of green needs throughout the district

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to motivate, train, and manage a crew
  • Ability to perform physically demanding outdoor work, in all weather
  • Ability to adapt to a quickly changing work environment
  • Experience using and maintaining landscaping equipment
  • Ability to execute tasks efficiently and solve problems creatively, with limited resources
  • Enthusiasm for and experience in horticulture or landscape management
  • Interest in urban ecology and environmental issues
  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Valid and clean driver’s license
  • Ability to work weekend and evening shifts as necessary

Compensation:
This is a full time position with a salary of $29,000 – $33,000 depending upon experience. We also offer a competitive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, disability and life insurance, vacation, sick, and personal time, and a simple IRA plan with a 3% employer match.

How to apply
Applicants must submit their resume, cover letter, and references by email to admin@midtowncommunity.org or standard mail to 1221 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Preference will be given to those who submit a completed application by the close of business on July 29, 2014.