About Rob

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Rob has made Annapolis his home for over 15 years with his wife Becca and son Whit. He fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay while earning a degree in Environmental Studies (minor in Business Management) at Washington College on the Eastern Shore. His professional career started with the Chesapeake Bay Program, supporting the efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. From there Rob worked for a number of years in private consulting as an Environmental Scientist, Ecological Restoration Scientist, and Sustainability Specialist, before starting his career with local government.

Rob was employed by the City of Annapolis, as a Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental compliance Inspector, where he reviewed development projects and authored the City's climate action plan. Rob currently works for Anne Arundel County as a Project Manager Engineer for stormwater management projects, managing a multi-million dollar budget. 

 

family boatingIn his free time, Rob enjoys hiking and boating with his family and working for positive change in the community.  He spends a significant amount of time organizing in the community to protect our quality of life on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula, fighting to ensure our environment is maintained, our traffic doesn't worsen, our schools don't become overcrowded, and our communities stay safe. He regularly attends City Council and commission hearings/meetings, advocating for the community.  He has also assisted with drafting legislation as both a City employee and as a citizen. Rob will bring his first-hand knowledge of local government to the City Council.

 

 

 

  • From the blog

    Public water access, housing transition funds, & more

    Happy 4th of July! I have details below on our City celebrations, details on Monday’s Council meeting, and our first water access plan draft that is out for public comment.

     Stay healthy and stay safe,

     Rob

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    Ward 7 budget wins, plant odor, Carrs beach concert, & more

    Odor at treatment plant

    I’m sorry to have missed this past Monday’s meeting on the Wastewater Treatment Plant odor issue, but our final Council vote on the budget was the same night, which I could not miss. I have spoken to a number of people about the meeting, including the Anne Arundel Director of Public Works, and will be including some information about the issue at the end of this email.

    FY25 budget approved – Ward 7 wins big

    We have voted to approve the FY25 budget. I’m happy to report that all of my amendments passed. Here is a list of what I was able to get accomplished:

    1. Money for an additional social worker position – We clearly need to do more in our communities to help break the cycle of poverty and crime, and I believe that social workers are an important part of ensuring public safety.
    2. Urban tree canopy funding – We have long had a goal of reaching our 50% tree canopy target by 2035. Unfortunately, we have determined that there is no way we can meet that target because our tree program was never properly funded when the goal was adopted. Even if we tried to catch up and planted the thousands of trees we need, they simply can’t grow fast enough to meet the target. Now our urban tree program will be a part of our Watershed Restoration Fund, ensuring that it is properly funded in perpetuity. This will also likely entail setting a new target year to meet our 50% canopy goal.
    3. Noise camera pilot – I secured funding for a noise camera pilot on Tyler Avenue. Assuming we can get permission from the State to do so, this could help turn Tyler Ave into a “Quiet Street”, automatically fining vehicles who violate our existing noise restrictions. This is in response to complaints I’ve received about noisy vehicles racing down this road late at night.
    4. Enhanced Bembe Beach Rd crosswalk – The crosswalk near Baywoods has long needed an upgrade with a push-button and flashing lights, even more so now that we are creating a new public park at the newly acquired Carrs Beach property.
    5. Bay Ridge Rd “Road Diet” study – We will be soliciting a study of Bay Ridge Rd between Arundel on the Bay and Hillsmere Drive, to see what kind of “road diet” we may be able to put that roadway on. “Road diets” are helpful in that the goal is to create a road that is slower and more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. And once you create such a pedestrian friendly environment, you also get an economic boost because more people will be visiting your business; not just by car, but now by foot and cycle. As a part of this, we will look at reducing the lanes, installing bike paths, possibly installing street trees, narrowing the lanes to slow traffic, and possibly converting the signalized intersections to circles. If we are serious about having zero pedestrian deaths from vehicles, and creating safe routes to schools, we need to start looking at how to do that. My son bikes every day to school this way, and so I am very committed to looking to make it safer for him and other kids like him. If we can come up with a good study, and convince the County to partner with us, this could be a model for the rest of Forest Drive. Maybe we could finally change Forest Drive from our most dangerous road in the City to the safest. Imagine that!
    6. Mini-roundabout study – We will be looking at doing conceptual studies at 4 intersections for possible conversions to mini-roundabouts: Georgetown Rd & Victor Haven, Forest Hills & Bay Ridge Ave, Bay Ridge Ave & Chesapeake (or Sixth), and Duke of Gloucester & Conduit. Mini-roundabouts are safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and automobile drivers, and also help to slow traffic down generally. We also save money by not having to supply electricity to the traffic signals. If this goes well, I’ll be looking to install some on Edgewood Rd (and yes, they can be designed to allow large trucks and boat trailers to traverse them). After Tyler Ave, Edgewood Rd is next on our list for traffic calming and road diet.
    7. CIP text amendments – I adjusted many of our transportation-related Capital Improvement Projects to include analysis of converting traffic signals to circles before spending half a million dollars to upgrade them, installing trees when re-constructing roads, and incorporating bike paths in some street upgrades.
    8. Reusable bags for low income residents – pretty self explanatory, but with a plastic bag ban likely to pass in the City, we need to offer free bags to those who need them.
    9. Watershed fund overhaul – I’ve allocated funding to allow us to move towards a more equitable fee structure where “users” are charged by their actual impervious surface coverage. This will hopefully help us adequately charge large industrial or commercial users with large parking lots, to make sure they are paying for their poor runoff.
    10. Carrs Beach annexation support – for whatever reason, the Carrs Beach community was never annexed into the City and is now completely surrounded by the City despite being in the County. Residents are looking to be annexed to given that they have old, failing septic tanks that are likely polluting our waterways. If annexed, they could connect to our water and sewer systems, pending adequate capacity. This money would help support them, if annexed, as far as helping with utility connections on a need basis.
    11. AI street camera study – this would have us look at the feasibility of moving towards a street camera system that is somewhat monitored by AI. Currently our cameras are monitored by about half a dozen individuals, which come with their own human limitations as far as attention.
    12. Other – we also approved funds for domestic violence outreach, field upgrades, minority business development fund, approved a children and family success grant, clay street community development fund, and set aside money to pay for the HACA pool for one season.

    Stay healthy and stay safe,

    Rob

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