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.

July 4th Holiday City Closings

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Some important City services will either be closed or delayed due to the Fourth of July holiday this Friday. Read the full advisory below:

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., reminds everyone that Independence Day, Friday, July 4 is a City Holiday. Department of Public Works offices and yards will be CLOSED.

  • Trash, recycling, and bulk collections are not scheduled for July 4. Trash and recycling normally scheduled for collection on Friday will be picked up on Saturday, July 5.

  • Citizen drop-off centers WILL BE CLOSED (all yards, including Quarantine Road Landfill, the Northwest Transfer Station, and the Eastern, Western and Northwest Collections Facilities).

  • Mechanical street sweeping WILL NOT take place.

  • Household Hazardous Waste drop-off will not occur on July 4, but will take place on Saturday, July 5 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center, 2840 Sisson Street.

  • Parking meters WILL NOT be in effect.

In addition, the Midtown office will be closed. We will reopen on Monday, July 7th.

Traffic Advisory: Street Closures for This Weekend’s 2014 Flower Mart in Mount Vernon

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Flower Mart 2014 will take over Midtown’s Mount Vernon neighborhood this weekend and that means street closures. For your convenience, here’s a traffic advisory notice with what to look out for:

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the traffic modifications which will be in effect for Flower Mart 2014. The event will take place on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day in the heart of Mount Vernon.

In preparation for the event, the following streets will be closed to through traffic beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 01, 2014 until 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 04, 2014:

• Charles Street from Centre to Read Streets
• Madison Street from St. Paul to Cathedral Streets
• Mt. Vernon Place from St. Paul to Cathedral to Streets

In addition, parking will be restricted in these areas from 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 01, 2014 until 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 04, 2014.

Variable message signs will be placed in the area to alert motorists of the closures and Special Traffic Enforcement Officers (STEO’s) will be posted at critical locations to help facilitate the movement of traffic. Motorists traveling in this vicinity should be on the watch for pedestrians and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Michelle Wirzberger Named New Executive Director of Midtown Community Benefits District

Midtown Community Benefits District is pleased to announce that Michelle Wirzberger is our next Executive Director. She will assume her position in mid-June.

Since 1999, Michelle has been working for the betterment of Baltimore and its diverse communities through political and issue campaign management, community organizing and grassroots advocacy in her current position as Director of Legislative Affairs for City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, and in previous roles at the Community Law Center, and Citizens Planning and Housing Association. She quickly garnered attention during her time at the Community Law Center by successfully defending various communities at the liquor board.

In her own words, Michelle brings “an interesting albeit unconventional career that demonstrates deep commitment to community empowerment and public service” with her as she joins Midtown. The Board is very excited about her commitment to Baltimore’s communities, as well as her legal expertise and political experiences. And, we are confident in her ability to lead Midtown into the future.

We hope everyone will join us in welcoming Michelle to Midtown June 16.

-Joe Palumbo
Chairman, Midtown Community Benefits District

Midtown Community Benefits District is Hiring an Executive Director!

!Click here for a PDF version of the full job description!

Midtown Summary
The Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) community-based organization that provides programs and services to improve the quality of life in four of Baltimore’s adjacent Midtown communities of Charles North, Madison Park, Bolton Hill, and Mount Vernon/Belvedere. The MCBD is a special assessment district funded mainly by tax assessments of property owners. It works to maintain the public realm as a clean, safe and welcoming place, strengthening existing community through strategic marketing, sharing of public information to current and future property owners, taxpayers, business and cultural institutions. The organizations work includes activities that attract new investment, and supports activities held within the public spaces that benefits all.

MCBD encompasses many key and noteworthy and/historic properties, organizations, churches and businesses. The District also includes three Universities, Pennsylvania Station (Amtrak), and is supported by the work of Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Midtown Development Corporation, and the Central Baltimore Partnership.

Position Overview
The Midtown Community Benefits District is seeking an energetic and experienced Executive Director to lead its current and future efforts to improve the quality of life in four adjacent and unique communities that are located within the midtown area of the City of Baltimore. The Executive Director will design and execute a broad range of improvement programs including, cleaning, security, landscape maintenance and improvements, and special programming that supports residents, property owners, local institutions and merchants. The Executive Director will be responsible for a workforce (staff and contractors) of approximately 20 people and a budget of $1.3M annually. The Executive Director will develop and maintain a positive rapport with property owners, developers, anchor institutions, local government officials, and leaders of community and arts organizations. The Executive Director will be responsible for marketing and supporting development initiatives within the district and will be an enthusiastic and the key spokesperson for the organization.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors of MCBD. He or she will collaborate with the Board, the Midtown community neighborhoods (property owners, merchants, residents, and community associations), other non-profit community and development organizations, government entities and officials, and community-neighborhood-based organizations to lead the work, and execute the strategies defined in the current strategic plan. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to work with key stakeholders and Board Member on the evolving development of a forward thinking future strategic plan.

The Executive Director will serve as the primary point of contact for the MCBD. This includes answering inquiries, maintaining communication with the City departments, representing Midtown at community events and neighborhood meetings, and generating positive media and marketing coverage of the district.

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership, analytical, and project support to Midtown in assessing community “health,” developing and managing community outreach initiatives, and measuring and reporting program accomplishments and results.
  • Facilitate the development, communication, and implementation of district-wide initiatives and policies to further Midtown’s priorities and strategies.
  • Lead and engage Board Members, staff and area leaders in the development of plans for involvement in the local community—including feasibility, strategic analysis, and scope of relevant partnerships.
  • Lead/direct system-wide efforts to identify, prioritize, measure, and track community benefit initiatives.
  • Promote and facilitate among the district’s communities the importance of community engagement, partnership development, and collaborative planning with public and private sector stakeholders.
  • Coordinate, with the City and Board, system-wide consolidation of community benefit reporting of activities, accomplishments, and challenges.
  • Participate in the ongoing critical review, assessment, and redesign of Midtown’s community benefit plans and initiatives at district and community levels.
  • Seek innovative ways to form networks with organizations, especially across local communities.
  • Collaborate with staff, neighborhoods, and other stakeholders on communications to employ various media to tell the story of Midtown community benefits.
  • Serve as a resource for district leaders and related committees on community benefit initiatives and issues.
  • Ensure the timely completion of high-quality written reports, presentations, or other materials in a manner that contributes to sound decision making, strategic planning, and appropriate public accountability, and provide data for use in strategic planning, advocacy and other functional areas.
  • Coordinate the work of the Board: develop meeting agendas, track and follow-up on key issues and projects, and provide education/training as needed.
  • Remain up-to-date on Federal, State, and local laws, and regulatory agency requirements.
  • Assist, coordinate, and manage special projects as requested by the Board.
  • Create positive internal and external relationships.
  • Provide support to and serve in an ex-officio capacity on Midtown committees.
  • Develop ongoing relationships with property owners and businesses, including knowledge of issues impacting the district.
  • Marketing and support services to promote Midtown.
  • Liaison to the city on codes, design review, and other development processes.
  • Creating and distributing attractive, functional, well designed, high quality Midtown promotional materials, and updating materials as necessary.
  • Developing and coordinating cross marketing opportunities with Midtown’s anchors, area businesses, organizations, and community associations.
  • Help strengthen Midtown’s identity with improved signage, banners, and decorations.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with other City and community organizations, and with the City.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization and Midtown, and as an advocate for Midtown issues. This shall include attendance and representation of midtown’s interests at various, relevant community meetings, including City Council Meetings.
  • Providing regular communication to property owners and Midtown stakeholders through personal visits, newsletters, social media, e-mail, and website maintenance.
  • Monitor City Council and other community activities, and relevant agendas that could impact the MCBD mission and/or goals. Brief the Board on relevant items and assure that Midtown’s interests are represented as appropriate.
  • Assemble information and data for the preparation of special reports.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved in providing services that improve the urban experience in economically diverse neighborhoods. In addition, the successful candidate will bring the skills and experience needed to handle this general management role:

  • College Graduate with a minimum of 5 years of experience in property management, community development, facilities, business, marketing, or related work.
  • Familiarity with government or non-profit community benefits districts and programs required.
  • Customer and Personal Service—Principles and processes for providing outstanding customer service.
  • Management and Administration—Business and management practices such as strategic planning, leadership, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Hiring and supervision of administrative and operational staff.
  • Finance and Accounting—Analyzing and reporting financial data and identifying the proper actions to take based on financial performance.
  • Personnel and Human Resources—Procedures for recruitment and selection, training, employee and labor relations, motivation, and performance management.
  • Knowledge of Baltimore and the Midtown area is a plus.
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in community work and broad-based knowledge of operations, and significant experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Familiarity and appreciation of working with economically and racially diverse communities. Must be culturally and economically sensitive to serving residents and businesses while working collaboratively with a number of area organizations and institutions.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing sound work plans which translate the organization’s strategic plan, mission and vision into realistic goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in expanding revenue growth.
  • Strong organizational skills, and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Must display well-honed verbal and written communication skills, and be able to professionally receive and follow oral instructions, suggestions, and criticism.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, and prioritize programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to accomplish results through people from many different disciplines with varying degrees of technical experience.
  • Ability to understand, compile, and disseminate diverse information.
  • Demonstrated excellent in organizational and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to manage and motivate staff.
  • Experience developing and executing a comprehensive, annual, fundraising strategy.
  • Ability to engage a diverse Board, and build a trusting relationship with all key stakeholders.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered in lieu of the specific requirements listed above.

The full description of the Executive Director position can be found here.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, a review of applications will begin on February 15, 2014. Applications should include an up-to-date resume, a professional cover letter that articulates leadership experiences that are directly related to the position, and three professional references.

Within 90 days of employment, the successful candidate will be expected to reside within the City limits as our by-laws require and our collective good intentions for City leadership desires.

Applications may be submitted electronically to edsearch@midtowncommunity.org, or mailed to:

Executive Director Search
Midtown Community Benefits District
1221 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202