Violetville News

Violetville News

Seton Keough/MRP Industrial Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in our survey and gave their valuable feedback.  When Village of Violetville, Inc. got started we didn’t realize that our organizing skills would be tested.  It has been tested in a good way.   There have been times in the past where the community was not made aware of changes that had a dramatic impact on their quality of life.  Through the Royal Farms and MRP Industrial review process, we realized that the most valuable thing a resident can have is a seat at the table. 

We would like to thank Councilman Reisinger for making sure we were involved in the process. Before introducing a bill for rezoning, his requirement is for developers to obtain a letter of support from the community.   He will be retiring this December, and we are hopeful that his predecessor will follow the same rule when it comes to community development.

In the future, we think our organization should only offer a letter of support if there is strong support for a project.  The vote for MRP Industrial was very close.   We had a small time frame to collect votes, but we were able to pool a broad group of residents.  In 5 days, we received 58 survey results and amazing feedback.  The letter above includes the results from our survey, and a letter that was sent to all parties on behalf of the residents of Violetville. 


Councilman Dorsey visits Violetville – Ivy Removal Demonstration

Councilman Ryan Dorsey and Councilman Kristerfer Burnett visit Violetville!  Councilman Dorsey is an expert at english ivy removal. We reached out and he was able to visit the neighborhood and do an on-site demonstration on how to save our neighborhood trees from the invasive plant. 
See the video of how to remove ivy from a tree:


Sewer Backups


Jennifer from Clean Water Action here, with news from the listening session on sewage backups last Monday night! Dozens of people showed up to talk about the severe sewage backups that people all across the city have experienced, and the problems with the Expedited Reimbursement Program that are stopping it from actually providing assistance to Baltimore residents (outlined on our blog here). At one time during the meeting, a speaker asked if anyone had been able to successfully receive reimbursement through the Expedited Reimbursement Program, and no one raised their hands. That, as well as the stories shared on Monday and the data that’s been released to the public, shows that this program needs major changes to actually help people who have sewage backups.

For more about the hearing on Monday, please listen to this piece on WYPR and read this blog post by CWA’s intern who attended!

It’s not too late to let MDE know how you feel about sewage backups! They are accepting written comments by email until next Friday, October 11; and at the listening session, Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles said that they will use these comments to evaluate the city’s response to sewage backups and release a report on it to the public. Your story, if you have experienced a sewage backup, and your recommendations, even if you haven’t, will be very important to help MDE come to a meaningful conclusion! Please click here to submit your comment to MDE, or you can email MDE directly at

Thank you,

Jennifer Kunze
Maryland Program Manager
Clean Water Action