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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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Commissioner Tari Moore, R, to Run for Cecil County Executive

August 6, 2011

Cecil County Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) has decided to run for County Executive in the 2012 election, seeking the first-ever executive position in county government. Moore had been known to be considering a run for the post for some time but the freshman commissioner, who won her current seat in the 2010 election, told...
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Cecil County Asked to be Co-owner of Private Housing Project, North East Boys and Girls Club Center

August 3, 2011

The developer of the Elkton Senior Housing project asked the Cecil County Commissioners on Tuesday to become a co-owner of a proposed profit-making apartment project in North East in order to get state subsidies for low-income housing and a new home for the Boys and Girls Club of North East. The project, called “New...
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Commissioner Dunn Targets Cecil County Ag Coordinator; Closed-Door Move Has Political Hint

August 2, 2011

A Cecil Times Special Report Cecil County Commissioner Michael Dunn (R-3) proposed during a closed-door meeting of the County Commissioners last week to drop the current agriculture co-coordinator position in the county’s Department of Economic Development, according to multiple informed sources. Agriculture and farm-related business constitutes a major segment of the Cecil County economy....
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Cecil County Commissioners Get Slots Grant Proposals; Anti-Abortion/Pro-Pregnancy Religious Group Proposed for $30K Gift

July 26, 2011

Cecil County Commissioners on Tuesday received a list of proposed recipients for grants from a $500,000 set-aside of local impact aid to the county from the Hollywood Casino in Perryville. Local fire companies and the Town of Port Deposit were the top recipients, but there were some surprises– including $30,000 to the Cecil County...
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Cecil County Considers Hiking Sewer Hookup Fees; Mullin Suggests “Hallway” Talks Instead of Public Debate

July 19, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners began a pointed debate Tuesday over proposals to raise sewer connection fees, especially for new developments, but put off scheduled action after Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) challenged some commissioners to spell out how they would pay for rising costs without increased fees. Commissioners’ President James Mullin (R-1) suggested commissioners “talk...
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Cecil County Commissioner Michael Dunn Gets Salary Cut, Due to Unpaid Debt

July 15, 2011

Cecil County Commissioner Michael Dunn’s next county paycheck will be a bit smaller, due to a debt garnishee against his salary filed in Cecil County District Court. The Rising Sun-area commissioner (R-3) previously had a judgment filed against him and a garnishment of his state salary and bank account for unpaid debt and fees,...
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Outrage and Angst in Elkton: State Legislators Commiserate with Cecil County Commissioners

July 13, 2011

Members of Cecil County’s state legislative delegation shared the fiscal and environmental pain facing the Cecil County Commissioners at a Tuesday meeting marked by some previews of upcoming election campaign themes. Overall, it was a polite session between the delegation and the county board, which has often been divided between acolytes and critics of...
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Cecil County Sheriff Reviews Car Policy; Cuts Inmate Road Cleanups Due to County Budget Cuts

July 12, 2011

Cecil County Sheriff Barry Janney told County Commissioners Tuesday that he would conduct a 90-day review of “take home” cars for deputies but defended the policy as a cost-efficient crime-prevention policy and an incentive to recruit experienced officers to a low-paying police force. Additionally, documents obtained by The Cecil Times also show that Janney...
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