Johnny "O"'s first Town Hall draws about 200 to Loch Raven H.S.

Johnny "O"'s first Town Hall draws about 200 to Loch Raven H.S.

TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - School overcrowding. Parks. Traffic problems.

All were topics of conversation Thursday night as hundreds came to a town hall to let Baltimore County leaders hear their concerns.

The three-hour meeting was the first of seven meetings the county executive is hosting in each district with local council members.

Johnny Olszewski is presenting the budget and what fiscal challenges the county is facing.

“What we’re doing tonight, bringing information and engaging with the public, isn’t something that’s been done before,” he told the crowd of around 200 at Loch Raven High School.

For hours, Baltimore County citizens spoke as Olszewski and councilman David Marks listened.

“We’re zoned for 500 students. We currently have over 700,” parent Colleen Baldwin said about her school.

Residents spoke about overcrowding in schools and complaints related to Towson University students.

“A crush of too many cars. Too much trash. Noise from parties,” said Elizabeth Eck.

Dozens shared concerns about specific issues that affect their daily lives.

“Towson needs relief from too much traffic and congestion which leads to poor air quality. Please consider funding a circulator,” said Beth Miller.

Both Olszewski and Marks said they thought Towson would be a good place to have a circulator.

Also mentioned were recent issues at White Marsh Mall that have prompted requests for a curfew.

“Don’t punish all teens because of actions of a few and some adults,” one man said.

The meeting lasted three hours.

There are six more planned through February. The next one is Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Randallstown.

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