Tiers, Tears and Taunts: Cecil County Commish Blasted on “Tier” Maps; Broomell Bashes Critics

September 5, 2012

There were tears from farm families fearful of losing their land legacy, taunts from property rights advocates and angry outbursts by Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell against her critics and a fellow commissioner, as an overflow crowd jammed a public hearing in Elkton Tuesday night on a proposed ‘tier” land preservation map endorsed by...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Commissioners Blasted on “Tier” Land Limits; Broomell Attacks Hodge, ‘Patriots’

September 4, 2012

An overflow crowd of several hundred people jammed the main meeting room and hallways at the county office building in Elkton Tuesday night, as farmers and property rights advocates condemned a proposed ‘tier” land preservation map supported by a three-vote majority of the Cecil County Commissioners. The comments were spirited and overwhelmingly against the...
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Tally Ho, Cecil County: New State “Horse Park” Plans to Promote Fair Hill, Tourism

September 4, 2012

Maryland state government is considering investing money, expertise and promotional support to enhance the equine industry and tourism in Cecil County through a new, scaled-down horse park concept that would provide enhanced marketing and promotional campaigns for three locations in the state, including Fair Hill in Cecil County. But even as state officials outlined...
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Cecil County Animal Control: Call 911, Hope for the Best

August 30, 2012

Cecil County faced a midnight deadline for the expiration of its animal control contract with the Cecil County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. (CCSPCA), with animal services response turned over to the county’s 911 call center as of early Friday morning. County officials hustled to assemble an interim program in...
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Who’ll Let the Dogs Out? Days from Deadline, Cecil County Scrambles to Handle Animal Control

August 28, 2012

A Cecil Times Special Report Just days before a Friday deadline for Cecil County to assume responsibility for animal control, the county government is scrambling to cobble together a plan using wildlife trappers/pest removal contractors and a commercial boarding kennel, which is currently unlicensed, to handle emergency-only calls for help. What emerged from a...
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New “Workforce” Family Housing Proposed for Cecilton, a First for Southern Cecil County

August 27, 2012

A New Jersey-based developer is proposing construction of 60 apartments in Cecilton under state and federal assisted housing programs that will allow for reduced rents, the first project of its kind in the area. The estimated 120 people expected to live in the development, to be called Parkland at Cecilton, would bring a significant...
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Farmers’ Tractorcade Protests Cecil County Commissioners ‘Tier’ Maps, Property Rights Limits

August 22, 2012
Farmers’ Tractorcade Protests Cecil County Commissioners ‘Tier’ Maps, Property Rights Limits

About 20 tractors, in classic John Deere green and a few blue Fords, formed a political conga line on Route 40 Tuesday afternoon and circled the Cecil County administration building in Elkton, to protest a map adopted by a majority of County Commissioners that would sharply limit many farmers’ property rights. It was the...
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The Bridges of Cecil County: Deja vu Do-Overs

August 15, 2012

News Analysis If you were going to write a Cecil County version of the saccharine popular romantic novel, “The Bridges of Madison County,” it would be more like a rather tedious historical novel, full of the same places and the same characters, doing and saying the same things over and over but at least...
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NOTE to Cecil Times Readers: Gone Fishin’

July 24, 2012

NOTE to CECIL TIMES readers: Cecil Times is taking a summer break for two weeks. So we will be absent from our usual front-row seat at the weekly circus in Elkton, otherwise known as the Commish meetings. We will be checking periodically for comments on the website and info from readers at our Cecil...
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Cecil County Commish Name Two Ethics Panel Members with ‘Secret’ Resumes; Panel Supports Broomell Revisions to Ethics Code

July 19, 2012

SHH—don’t tell anyone. The Cecil County Commissioners named two new members to the county’s Ethics Commission on Tuesday, but their applications seeking appointment, listing their resumes and why they wanted the post, are a secret. For months, the commish have been having closed door meetings to discuss various appointments to boards and commissions, which...
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SPCA Dumps Contract after Cecil County Commish Pass Costly Animal Law Overhaul, on 3-2 Vote

July 18, 2012

The Cecil County Commissioners, by the usual 3-2 vote, Tuesday adopted an overhaul of the county’s animal ordinance that was three years in the making. And within hours, the Cecil County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc., which has handled animal control for the county for decades, notified the county it...
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Cecil County Schools Renew Push for new Votech School at Basell Complex

July 11, 2012

Cecil County Public Schools officials took a first step Wednesday to re-launch their efforts to win county approval of a new vocational-technical high school on their dream site—the vacant Basell science labs and buildings in Elkton— with an appeal to business leaders and a new, cost-sharing proposal that will be presented to the County...
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Cecil County Commish Consider $250K for Long-Stalled Mill Lane Cleanup in Earleville; No Bridge

July 10, 2012

Decades after storms destroyed the aging Mill Lane bridge in Earleville, the Cecil County Commissioners are considering a $250,000 stream “remediation” project that would remove debris of the collapsed bridge and improve water quality as part of a compromise with state environmental officials over unrelated pollution near the central landfill. But some longtime Earleville...
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Casino Grant Requests: Church, Con-Man’s Charity Seek $ from Cecil County Impact Aid

July 6, 2012

Cecil County Commissioners are scheduled on Tuesday to review aid requests from non-profit groups for pieces of a $500,000 pie of local impact aid from the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, including a church seeking a new roof and a youth-oriented group– founded by a convicted federal felon and con-man– that has amassed hundreds of...
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Cecil County Storm Stories: Road, Emergency Crews Weather the Crisis; Sleepless in Cecilton

July 3, 2012

Cecil County’s heroes of the storm told the County Commissioners Tuesday of their long hours to clear roads, assist power companies and help individual citizens trapped by Friday night’s sudden, severe thunderstorm and winds that left downed trees, power outages and damage through a wide swathe of southern Cecil County. And County Health Officer...
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