BULLETIN: Moore Picks 5 Members for Animal Control Oversight Panel; ‘Buddies’ get Pricey Pick-ups

February 5, 2013

BULLETIN: Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has selected five people to serve on a new animal control oversight panel and submitted their names to the County Council, which has to confirm the nominations. Council members submitted a list of their own preferred nominees to Moore, who was not bound by that list. However, she...
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Cecil County Council, Exec Question Army Corps on Pollution of Earleville Wells; No Fed $ for Fixing Homeowners’ Water

February 4, 2013

The US Army Corps of Engineers told the Cecil County Council and County Executive Tari Moore on Monday that the agency plans to install a “liner” or “slurry” wall to contain existing contamination of groundwater from their Pearce’s Creek dump site in Earleville. But the federal agency will not provide money to clean up...
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Cecil County Budget: No Tax Rise Planned in Exec’s Budget, Despite Lower Revenues, State $ Mandates

January 29, 2013

The new Cecil County Executive plans no tax boosts in her upcoming budget, despite a largely bleak economic outlook and rising costs passed on to the county by the state of Maryland, aides told the County Council Tuesday. But left unsaid was the reality that the only way to achieve that goal would be...
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New Federal Study Proves Army Dumping Poisoned Earleville Wells; Army Wants to Resume Dumping in Cecil County

January 27, 2013

A Cecil Times Special Report A new comprehensive study by a federal agency proves what Earleville residents have known for decades: the US Army Corps of Engineers’ dumping of shipping channel dredge spoil in Cecil County has poisoned many homes’ drinking water wells—including hugely elevated levels of arsenic, heavy metals, and sulfates. But the...
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Cecil County Business Leaders Group Celebrates ’12 Election Wins; Plans Role in ’14 Elections

January 27, 2013

It was a night for crowing a bit about the unanimous success of the five local candidates endorsed for election last year by the Cecil Business Leaders organization but organizers of the group were not resting on their laurels Thursday evening as they urged Cecil County citizens to get involved in re-designing the local...
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Higher Sewer Fee Plan Looms as Cecil County Faces Mandated $40M Upgrade of Seneca Point; Broomell Questions Technology

January 22, 2013

A new study of sewer user fees is being drafted as part of the new Cecil County budget process and the county’s public works director warned Tuesday that the fees paid by current and future users of the Seneca Point treatment plant will have to rise to offset some of the costs of a...
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Cecil County Council’s New Math: 2 plus 1= Action; 3 minus 1= Gripes and Snipes

January 16, 2013

It was the new math on the Cecil County Council: Two members plus one new appointee equaled three majority votes to make many stalled decisions. But Two Amigos– after losing one of their past allies– had a hard time accepting the new calculus Tuesday and resorted to some of the most vicious, personal attacks...
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Joyce Bowlsbey, Former Charter Panel Chair, Named to Cecil County Council; Del. Smigiel Files Suit against County Exec Moore

January 15, 2013

Joyce Bowlsbey, a longtime community volunteer who chaired the citizens’ panel that drafted the Cecil County Charter approved by voters in 2010, was appointed to the vacant District 2 County Council seat Tuesday by County Executive Tari Moore. But Del. Michael Smigiel, whose political allies lost majority control of the Council in the aftermath...
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Still No Cecil County Council Appointee; Moore Delays Action, Seeks Defense Lawyer

January 8, 2013

The new Cecil County Council continued its 2-2 stalemate Tuesday as Cecil County Executive Tari Moore held off on appointing a successor to her old District 2 seat and asked for approval of a special legal counsel to represent the county in possible court challenges to her appointment. The County Council, in its first...
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Cecil County Chatter: New Year– New Democrats’ Group in First Dist., New Shopping in Cecilton

January 7, 2013

LaFERLA TRIES to ORGANIZE FIRST DISTRICT DEMOCRATS Humorist Will Rogers once observed, “I belong to no organized party—I’m a Democrat,” and on the Eastern Shore Democrats have been largely on the losing end of organizational success in the past few elections. But Dr. John LaFerla, a Chestertown Democrat who unsuccessfully sought to unseat Republican...
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Cecil County Animal Control: Buddy Group Begins $2.25M Contract; Carletti Fronted $ for Bid; Dog-less ‘Shelter’ Farms out Pets to PA, Homes

January 2, 2013

A Cecil Times SPECIAL REPORT A Delaware group associated with Mindy Carletti, a Perryville veterinarian who almost single-handedly wrote the county’s new animal control ordinance, began its $2.25 million animal control contract with Cecil County with an open house at its animal-less ‘shelter’ on Appleton Road Wednesday. Virtually all the staff of the operation...
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Theater Review: Curtain Falls on Cecil County Council Impasse; Moore to Pick Successor, Sends ‘Tier’ Map to State

December 19, 2012

News Analysis It was almost like watching the Elkton version of “Sunset Boulevard” — the classic movie in which forgotten silent film star Norma Desmond pathetically declares, “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up”– when the new Cecil County Council held its last formal session of the year Tuesday. Deadlocked again, the Council abdicated...
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Cecil County Exec: Moore Campaign Lists No New Donations in Late-filed Report

December 17, 2012

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore filed a late campaign finance report documenting minimal financial activity in the final days of her successful campaign while Pam Howard, a Democrat who lost in the November election, pumped her campaign spending into high gear toward the end of the contest. Moore, who ran as a Republican but...
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Franchot to Run Again for State Comptroller in 2014; Move May Limit Pipkin Options

December 11, 2012

Analysis Democrat Peter Franchot will not seek his party’s nomination for governor in 2014 and instead will seek re-election to his current post as Maryland Comptroller—a move that could limit potential political options for state Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) of Elkton. In an email to supporters Tuesday, Franchot said, “It is no secret that...
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Smipkin Pals, Seeking Cecil County Council Seat, Linked to PACs $ Sleaze Against Fellow Republicans

December 10, 2012

Two candidates for a vacant Cecil County Council seat, seeking endorsement from the Smipkin-controlled Republican Central Committee, are linked to Political Action Committee (PAC) financing of a smear campaign against fellow Republican Judge Keith Baynes, who resoundingly defeated Del. Michael Smigiel in the April primary for a court seat. But one of their PAC’s...
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