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Cecil County Environment: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Bay Pollution

November 15, 2011

It may be the Cecil County environmental equivalent of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when the county submits to the state of Maryland a mandated preliminary plan on curbing pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. Cecil County Director of Public Works Scott Flanigan told the County Commissioners on Tuesday that lawyers for statewide stormwater and wastewater...
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Cecil County Tourism Chief Seeks Separate Agency, and Pay Raise

November 15, 2011

Sandy Maruchi Turner, Cecil County’s tourism co-ordinator, asked the County Commissioners Tuesday to break off tourism promotion programs from the county’s Economic Development department and create a separate agency, with a pay raise for the new “department head.” Turner told Cecil Times after the commissioners’ worksession that she was more familiar with the figure...
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Governor Names Bill Manlove, former Cecil County Commissioner, to School Board

November 8, 2011

Governor Martin O’Malley has named William Manlove, a former long-time Cecil County Commissioner, to a vacant seat on the county school board. Manlove served four non-consecutive terms on the County Commissioners’ panel, becoming President of the board before he retired in 2008. He also ran an unsuccessful campaign for the House of Delegates in...
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Cecil County Businesses Rate Commissioners: Broomell Worst, Moore Best, for Business

November 8, 2011

A new Cecil County Chamber of Commerce survey of its members found that County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) was deemed the most “‘unsatisfactory” commissioner while Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) had the highest “excellent” ranking. There were 129 respondents to the Chamber survey—an admittedly small sample of the county’s many business operators. But Chamber members...
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CECIL COUNTY CHATTER: Pipkin’s Birthday Gift, Cecil County Commish Secrets Out in Delaware

November 2, 2011

CECIL CHATTER: Sen. E.J. Pipkin’s Birthday Gift: GOP Leadership So state Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) hit the big 55 on Tuesday, 11/1/11, and fielded a lot of birthday greetings on his Facebook wall. But the best present he got was selection by fellow Republicans as their leader in the state Senate for the 2012...
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Bainbridge Pollution Too Severe for Housing Development; Cecil County Commissioners Face Another Appointee Conundrum

November 1, 2011

Pollution at the abandoned Navy training center at Bainbridge, near Port Deposit, is so severe that it would be “cost prohibitive” to build housing on the site, Cecil County Commissioners were told Tuesday. At the same time, another Cecil County Commissioners’ appointments controversy looms over the Bainbridge Development Corporation (BDC) board, with two key...
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Cecil County Faces $600 Million Tab for Bay Pollution Cleanup; New Flush Rules for Homeowners

November 1, 2011

Cecil County Commissioners got the preliminary bill Tuesday on how much it will cost to comply with state and federal mandates to limit pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay: nearly $600 million and counting. The cost per household is calculated at about $16,000, although individual property owners with septic systems could face higher costs...
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Cecil County Commissioners: Broomell, Hodge Take Road Trip; Ethics Code Redux

October 25, 2011

Was Willie Nelson’s song, “On the Road Again,” playing on the car radio when Cecil County Commissioner Robert Hodge (R-5) took Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) on a road trip Monday to see his properties in the county? Broomell has raised questions about whether Hodge’s ownership of properties in the Route 40 area might be...
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Cecil County Sen. Nancy Jacobs Gives Up GOP Leader Post to Explore Political Options; Redistricting Scenarios Abound

October 21, 2011

ANALYSIS State Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford/Cecil) told fellow Republicans in Annapolis Thursday night that she would not run again for the GOP Minority Leader post in the state Senate for the 2012 session, saying she wanted to explore other political options– including a possible run for governor or Harford County executive in 2014 or...
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Cecil County Extension of Sewers in Elkton West Could Cost $62 Million

October 18, 2011

In the aftermath of the collapse of the sale of four Cecil County wastewater plants to the private Artesian Resources firm, bringing county sewage treatment service to the Elkton West area could cost $62 million and take up to 12 years, Cecil County Commissioners were told Tuesday. A 3-2 majority of the Commissioners and...
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CECIL COUNTY CHATTER: Smigiel, Pipkin: By the Numbers, Got His Number

October 17, 2011

CECIL CHATTER: Smigiel Tries to Skewer Del. Rudolph; Here Comes the Judge? Del. Michael Smigiel (R-36) just couldn’t resist getting in a snipe at Del. David Rudolph (D-34B) even though Smigiel wants to put the House of Delegates behind him and last week officially filed his candidacy for a Circuit Court judgeship in Cecil...
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Dunn Names Ted Patterson to Cecil County Budget Advisory Panel; Latest in “Cronies” Appointees Criticized by County Activists

October 11, 2011

Thumbing his nose at citizen activists who have accused him of appointing political “cronies” to county positions, Cecil County Commissioner Michael Dunn (R-3) announced Tuesday that he will name Ted Patterson—a fellow member of the Smipkin political slate—to a seat on the citizens’ budget advisory committee. It was the fourth controversial appointment in about...
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Kratovil Files for Judge as 1st Dist. Congress Map Turns More GOP to Favor Rep. Harris; Where’s Pipkin?

October 7, 2011

ANALYSIS Former Democratic Congressman Frank Kratovil has filed as a candidate for an appointment to a vacant Queen Anne’s County District Court seat, after a proposed redistricting plan redrew the First District to be a Republican bastion favoring re-election of Rep. Andy Harris. Although Kratovil would not be precluded from also filing in January...
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Cecil County Lawmakers Push Revived Upper Shore Council; State Withholds $ due to “Organizational Issues”

October 7, 2011

Some Cecil County lawmakers are pushing to resurrect the Upper Shore Regional Council, a three-county economic development body that all but disappeared several months ago amidst financial and other problems. A council sub-group tried to meet behind closed doors Wednesday on steps to name a new executive director, but Cecil Times forced much of...
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3 Cecil County Commissioners Commiserate at Chili’s; State Lawyer Warns Private Confabs in Conflict with Open Meetings Act

October 5, 2011

Commentary The Cecil County Commissioners’ “Three Amigos” faction gathered after Tuesday night’s official commissioners meeting for a tete a tete at Chili’s in Elkton, multiple sources said– just hours after an Assistant State Attorney General warned them about such gatherings that could be seen as a violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act. Granted,...
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