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Cecil County Commissioners Hire Smigiel Legal Ally to Review Artesian Contract; No Cap on Fees

August 30, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners voted, 3-2, Tuesday to hire a new lawyer, with close ties to Del. Michael Smigiel (R-36), to review the 2008 contract to sell county water and sewer plants to the private Artesian firm. The commissioners set no dollar limit on the fees the new lawyer can receive. The move was...
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Cecil County Commissioners Oust Vernon Thompson, Economic Development Chief; Smipkins Get Even for Political Independence

August 30, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners voted in secret session Tuesday to oust Vernon Thompson, a former senior state economic development official, as the county’s Director of Economic Development, according to informed sources. Thompson confirmed that “I will be leaving Cecil County as of September 23 by mutual agreement with the county commissioners.” The move had...
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Cecil County DPW Hailed as “Heroes” for Irene Response; Commissioner Broomell Disses DPW on Road Code, Again

August 30, 2011

Scott Flanigan and his staff at the Cecil County Department of Public Works were declared “heroes” on Tuesday for their “relentless” work to deal with flooded roads and downed trees in the aftermath of tropical storm Irene. But even ‘hero’ status did not deter Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) from renewing an attack on the...
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Cecil County Commissioners Back Down, for now, on Broomell Bid to Fire Law Firm on Artesian Sale; Move Could Boost Legal Fees

August 23, 2011

Cecil County Commissioners backed down, after a battle royale at their Tuesday morning public worksession and a more than three-hour secret meeting, from a bid by Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) to demand the firing of the entire Miles & Stockbridge law firm, and not just an individual attorney, from representing the county in all...
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Earthquake Rattles Cecil County Commissioners; County Building Evacuated

August 23, 2011

It took an act of God—an earthquake—to silence the Cecil County Commissioners Tuesday, as the quake shook chairs and made the county office building sway while the local lawmakers were meeting to discuss broadband/Internet issues. Commissioners, county employees and citizens all evacuated the building for about a half hour as county workers checked the...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Commish Battle on Lawyers in Artesian Case; Broomell Move Could Cost $$$

August 23, 2011

Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) set off a firestorm Tuesday at a commissioners’ worksession with a demand to send a letter firing the entire Miles & Stockbridge law firm, and not just an individual attorney, from representing the county in all aspects of the sale of county water and sewer plants to the...
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Owen Thorne Barks but Cecil County ‘Patriots’ Bite Back at Planning Appointee

August 17, 2011

While celebrating his recent birthday, controversial Cecil County Planning Commission member Owen Thorne barked his approval when his friend, Cecil County Commissioner Michael Dunn (R-3), called Thorne “the guard dog of Cecil Co.” “Ruff, Ruff,” Thorne replied to Dunn’s post on his Facebook wall. “Hey, am I still a planning commissioner next month?” Dunn...
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As Cecil County Commish Turn: Soap Opera Turns Serious in Brawl over Artesian, PSC, Taxpayer $

August 16, 2011

A political brawl over Cecil County’s contract to sell most of its water and sewer plants to the private Artesian firm took a serious turn Tuesday, after Artesian threatened to invoke a contract clause placing the county at risk of costly legal action. The commissioners backed down late in the day and agreed to...
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Cecil County Soap Operas: Commish Discuss Re-write of Charter History; ARCA Activist for Plan. Panel; Dog Poo and More

August 15, 2011

Commentary It will be a soap opera day in Elkton on Tuesday when the Cecil County Commissioners discuss re-writing recent election history to try to un-do voters’ approval of charter government, re-appoint a controversial anti-growth activist to the planning commission, and debate doggie doo and other political poop. It will no doubt be some...
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Rep. Andy Harris Defends Debt ‘No’ Vote; Social Security to be Part of “Larger Discussion” on Budget

August 15, 2011

(Second of two articles) GALENA— The gray-haired man at the lunch counter in Twinny’s restaurant in Galena wore a tee shirt, decorated with a flag and an eagle, that declared, “Proud to be an American.” Shaking hands with Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) last week, this constituent was pleased with the job his congressman is...
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Redistricting Puts 1st Dist. in Flux; Rep. Andy Harris Takes it in Stride

August 11, 2011

(First of two articles) Rep. Andy Harris doesn’t know where his political home will be after the upcoming redistricting this fall but for now, the First District Republican is spending his summer “vacation” working the small towns and waterways of the Eastern Shore. “I enjoy representing the Shore,” he told Cecil Times on Wednesday...
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State PSC Hears Artesian Case; Will Decide on Sale of Cecil County Water, Sewer Plants Soon

August 10, 2011

The Maryland Public Service Commission refused Wednesday to delay a hearing on the proposed sale of most Cecil County-owned water and sewer plants to the private Artesian firm, but the panel put off a decision on the sale until after an 8/19/11 deadline for filing additional documents with the state agency. Cecil County Commissioner...
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Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st Dist.) Goes Fishing in Cecil County

August 10, 2011

EARLEVILLE—The water on the Bohemia River was calm on Wednesday, the air was breezy and US Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) had his staff-provided white rubber boots to guard against the flailing catfish that waterman Jimmy Kline harvests every day from an ingenius system of traps. “I got 1,500 pounds of catfish this morning,” Kline...
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Cecil County Sale of Water/Sewer Plants Proposed for State OK

August 9, 2011

The long-stalled sale of most Cecil County water and sewage treatment plants to the private Artesian firm has received staff recommendations to the state Public Service Commission to approve the sale. The sale, originally approved by the Cecil County commissioners nearly three years ago, was blocked by litigation initiated by the Appleton Regional Community...
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Cecil County Chatter: Judges, Whigs and Media Wars

August 8, 2011

Judge Keith Baynes Launches Campaign Fundraiser Season Cecil County Circuit Court Judge Keith Baynes (R), who won a surprise appointment to a vacant court seat late last December by Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley, launched the local campaign fundraiser season on Saturday with a bipartisan, well-attended pig roast at his Calvert home. Baynes has to...
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