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Cecil County Faces Costly Bay Cleanup; Septic Users May Have to Dig Up Tanks for $20K Systems

October 4, 2011

The bad news just keeps getting worse for Cecil County on costly sewage and environmental problems. Scott Flanigan, the county’s Director of Public Works and a professional engineer, delivered the latest bad news to the County Commissioners at a worksession Tuesday. In order to meet state mandates—as part of a federal requirement to clean...
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Water Service Disrupted in Northern Cecil County; Affects Gore Facilities

September 30, 2011

Water service provided by the Meadowview water plant in northern Cecil County was disrupted Friday for most of the day, with some business and residential customers losing all water service and others, including Gore manufacturing facilities, suffering major reductions in water pressure. The disruptions were caused by a “major system disruption” in facilities owned...
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Cecil County Makes History: Jane C. Murray, First Woman, Named to Circuit Court

September 28, 2011

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named Jane Cairns Murray to a vacant seat on the Cecil County Circuit Court—the first woman ever to hold a seat on the county’s highest court. Murray, 51, is a long-time local attorney and public defender office supervisor who is currently serving as a domestic relations Court Master. In that...
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Cecil County Commish Vote to Kill Artesian Sewage Plant Sale; Collapse of Deal to Cost Citizens over $10 Million in Plant Upgrades

September 27, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners voted, 3-2, Tuesday to kill the long-stalled sale of four county-owned sewage treatment plants to the private Artesian Resources, a step that could ultimately cost county residents over $10 million to upgrade sewer facilities, instead of shifting that burden—and another $6 million in bond debts– to Artesian. As The Cecil...
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Artesian Seeks to Kill Deal to Buy Cecil County Sewage Plants, due to Commissioners ‘Political Climate’

September 22, 2011

In a stunning blow to Cecil County economic development, Artesian Resources has notified the County Commissioners it wants to terminate its agreement to purchase most of the county’s wastewater treatment plants, due to the current political climate in which a majority of the County Commissioners has sought to derail the transaction at every turn,...
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Cecil County Commissioners Name Yust to Planning Panel Amidst “Cronyism” Charges

September 21, 2011

Amidst charges of “cronyism,” the Cecil County Commissioners Tuesday voted, 3-2, to appoint Skip Yust, the former political campaign treasurer for Commissioner Michael Dunn (R-3), to a seat on the important planning commission. Dunn lashed out at critics of the appointment, accusing them of an “orchestrated effort” that was “shameful.” Members of the Cecil...
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Cecil County Road Variances: Hours of Talk, a Court Faceslap, and Commissioners Still Stall

September 21, 2011

The Cecil County Circuit Court told the county commissioners in no uncertain terms to butt out of political decisions, instead of professional engineering judgments, on road code variances, but some current commissioners still haven’t gotten the message after multiple discussions recently and a new 14-page email from the county’s director of public works. It...
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Elvis, and Cecil County Econ. Development Chief Thompson, Left the Buiding but Broomell Steps on Blue Suede Shoes

September 20, 2011

Elvis, and Cecil County Economic Development Director Vernon Thompson, have already left the building but Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) wanted to step on Thompson’s blue suede shoes Tuesday by trying to “fire” him in a closed door meeting, according to informed sources. Thompson formally submitted his resignation, under pressure from a three-member...
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Hatem Bridge Toll Hike Scaled Back; Cecil County to Harford Span to Keep $10 Annual Fee

September 15, 2011

It’s RIP for the Hatem Bridge discounted toll decal but Cecil County residents won a major victory Thursday with a revised state proposal that would keep the toll at $10 a year with a free EZ Pass transponder. The Maryland Transportation Authority is expected to approve the revised plan next week, according to state...
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Smigiel Launches Cecil County Judge Campaign with Legal Flub: Cribbing Official State Court Seal

September 12, 2011

A Cecil Times Special Report Delegate Michael Smigiel (R-36) has launched his long-anticipated campaign for a Cecil County Circuit Court judgeship with a major legal flub: a fundraising appeal that misappropriated the official seal of a state judicial agency. Documents obtained by The Cecil Times show that Smigiel pitched his candidacy—which had not yet...
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Mullin Blames Ousted Cecil County Economic Development Director for Lack of BRAC Business

September 11, 2011

Cecil County Commissioners President James Mullin (R-1) claimed Saturday that Vernon Thompson was ousted as county economic development director because he didn’t “hook” military contractors to locate in Cecil County as part of the BRAC military expansion at Harford County’s Aberdeen Proving Ground. Speaking before a meeting of a church group in Earleville, Mullin...
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Like Dancing Hippos, Cecil County Commissioners Twirl on Economic Development Stage

September 7, 2011

Commentary It could have been a scene out of the Disney classic, “Fantasia,” where the tutu-wearing hippos cavort clumsily in ballet toe-shoes, when the Cecil County Commissioners tried to establish an economic development agenda Tuesday. One hippo was missing from the corps d’ ballet. Commissioner Michael Dunn (R-3) was absent, just as he was...
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Cecil County Planning Panel: Owen Thorne Out; Commish Dunn Picks his Campaign Godfather for Seat

September 6, 2011

Owen Thorne, the controversial interim appointee to the Cecil County Planning Commission who was expected to get appointed to a full three-year term on Tuesday, is out and the political campaign treasurer for Commissioner Michael Dunn (R-3) – Skip Yust —is in. Under informal County Commissioner procedures, the seat is Dunn’s to fill, with...
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State PSC Approves Sale of Most Cecil County Water, Sewer Plants to Private Artesian Firm

September 2, 2011

The Maryland Public Service Commission has approved the sale of most Cecil County water and sewage treatment plants to the private Artesian firm, rejecting arguments by the Appleton Regional Community Alliance (ARCA) that has battled against the sale for over three years. In an order dated 8/31/11, the PSC ruled that Artesian had “the...
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BULLETIN: PSC Approves Artesian Takeover of Cecil County Water, Sewer Plants; Rejects ARCA Claims

September 2, 2011

The Maryland Public Service Commission has issued an order approving the sale of most Cecil County water and sewage treatment plants to the private Artesian firm, rejecting arguments by the Appleton Regional Community Alliance (ARCA). In an order dated 8/31/11, the PSC ruled that Artesian had “the financial, technical, and managerial resources and qualifications...
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