2017 DPW Christmas Tree Mulching/Recycling And Curbside Collection Info

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced their 2017 Christmas tree mulching/recycling and curbside collection plans. Read the full release below:

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that residents will be able to recycle their Christmas tree by turning it into mulch beginning January 6.   DPW will offer tree mulching services for Baltimore City residents from Monday through Saturday through January 31 (except for City holidays).  Mulching services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street in west Baltimore.

Residents may bring bags or containers to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens, while supplies last.

Please make sure that all ornaments and tinsel have been removed from your tree prior to mulching.

Curbside Tree Collection

For residents who cannot bring their trees in for mulching, DPW will offer curbside tree collection beginning Tuesday, January 9through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day, at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection, or brought in for mulching.

Recycle Christmas paper
In addition, citizens are reminded to continue to recycle wrapping paper and recyclable packaging from gifts.  This should be set out on your normal recycling collection day.  For more information about recycling please visit the Recycling Services section at publicworks.baltimorecity.gov.

Holiday schedule
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, and Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15 are city holidays. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works’ (DPW) offices and yards will be closed. There will be no mechanical street sweeping; trash and recycling collections do not occur on Mondays.

To have Midtown Baltimore remove your artificial Christmas trees, please submit a bulk trash removal request here. Please do not put out the tree until you receive your collection date from our team. Thank you!

Mount Vernon Quality of Life Meeting Notes

In follow up to the Mount Vernon Quality of Life & Safety Meeting—held on October 24th by the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association (MVBA), the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy (MVPC), & the Midtown Community Benefits District (Midtown)—the below message is a recap of the highlights from the meeting.

The Mayor’s Office is looking to increase and improve homeless services, largely via private investment, as federal funding is increasingly unstable and local funding is scarce. How?

– Increase outreach professionals who build relationships with the homeless and in the community to offer and connect to services.

– Increase case managers to coordinate services for homeless individuals who agree to receive them.

– Increase housing, especially rapid re-housing, bridge housing and safe havens that come with wraparound services; spur private investment in long-term, permanent housing for homeless individuals.

Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is able to intervene ONLY when an individual calls 911. 911 is the best way to get a response.

– If BPD does not respond in a “reasonable” amount of time – based on your judgment, call 911 again and again until they respond. If necessary, lodge a complaint with the supervisor.

– There is no “acceptable” response time from BPD – it depends on call volume and officer availability.

BPD has put in place a number of programs to address issues with the homeless and are hoping to increase capacity to address issues with panhandling as officers graduate from the academy.

– Homeless outreach team: 1 sergeant + 1 officer to address specific homeless individuals, and investigate the root of their situation to connect those who are interested to resources and services.

– Critical incident team: 1 sergeant + 3 officers with a direct line to healthcare clinicians to address specific behavioral and mental health crises. This team performs on-site diagnoses and helps come up with solutions, such as changes to an individual’s medication regimen.

– Law Enforcement Assistance Diversion (LEAD): Diverts low-level narcotic offenses into services instead of arrests. Both arrest diversion and social referrals connect people to wraparound services under this program, including behavioral health, drug addiction services, getting IDs, job training, etc. This program employs 3 case managers and is privately funded.

Important notes:

– When responding to a call, BPD officers will NOT ask the immigration status of anyone involved. Similarly, they are required by law, when moving a homeless person to a shelter or services, to place the individual in a shelter according to the gender that they present.

– When incidents occur with the homeless population, BPD passes information on those individuals to the city’s Homeless Services (i.e. the Journey Home), and the two groups work closely to ensure the identified people receive the services they need.

– Councilman Costello is working to establish incentives for BPD officers to live in the City, thereby investing in the community.

– Councilman Stokes is working to provide legal representation to tenants with housing code violations, which often leads to eviction and homelessness.

– Private individuals can register their home surveillance cameras with BPD’s CityWatch to assist in arrests and police investigations.

– Additional information will be provided to the community, once made available.

Thank you to all who could attend the meeting as well as The Engineer’s Club for hosting the event.

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!