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Court of Appeals Rules Cecil County Can Sell Water/Sewer Plants to Artesian; Court Orders ARCA to Pay Some County Legal Fees

June 21, 2011

The state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that the Cecil County Commissioners had the legal right to sell water and sewage treatment plants to the private Artesian firm, ending a nearly three year legal battle that cost county taxpayers over $203,000 in legal expenses and up to $1 million in total costs. The protracted legal...
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ARCA Lawsuits Cost County, Citizens Up to $1Million and Counting on Artesian Sale

June 14, 2011

An anti-growth community group has cost Cecil County government and local residents up to $1 million, and counting, in the past two years with a dragged-out lawsuit challenging the county’s sale of several water and wastewater plants to the private Artesian water company. And now the county is faced with a choice on how...
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Five Nominees for Cecil County Circuit Court Sent to Governor

June 8, 2011

A judicial selection panel has recommended five candidates to Governor Martin O’Malley for potential appointment to a vacant Cecil County Circuit Court judgeship, according to the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts. One previous candidate withdrew and another did not receive the panel’s recommendation. Initially, there was a field of seven candidates for the...
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State “Plan Maryland” Mandate Could Halt Cecil County Growth

June 7, 2011

A new state “Plan Maryland” mandate could halt growth and business development in Cecil County, even in areas designated as a “growth corridor” under the 2010 county comprehensive plan, Cecil County Commissioners were told Tuesday. The new state mandate, proposed in late April and awaiting a signature later in the year by Governor Martin...
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Cecil County Commissioners Name Owen Thorne–Litigant Against County– to Planning Board

June 7, 2011

A divided Cecil County Board of Commissioners Tuesday appointed Owen Thorne, a failed candidate for county commissioner and a vocal opponent of development and infrastructure proposals in the northern county—to the county Planning Commission. The 3-2 decision followed the increasingly usual pattern of Commissioners James Mullin (R-1), Diana Broomell (R-4) and Michael Dunn (R-3)...
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Cecil County, Perryville Net $4 Million So Far from Casino

June 6, 2011

The Hollywood Casino in Perryville continues to generate significant revenues for Cecil County and the Town of Perryville, including over $528,000 in local “impact aid” in May, 2011. In May, the Hollywood Casino in Perryville generated $9.6 million in overall revenues. Of that amount, the “local impact aid” share of revenues amounts to $528,354,...
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Cecil County Commissioners Adopt Budget, 3-2; Moore Blasts Political “BS”–Mullin Says GOP Should Fight in Private

May 24, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners adopted the Fiscal 2012 budget Tuesday on a 3-2 vote, with lots of drama and accusations of “political BS.” The all-Republican board showed divisions as Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) blasted Board President James Mullin (R-1) and a burgeoning board majority he controls. She glared at Mullin and declared that she...
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Cecil County Farm Plan Could Put County On a $414K Hook

May 24, 2011

Cecil County could be on the hook for $414,500 if state rural land preservation funds don’t come through next year for a farmland easement deal backed by three county commissioners. At the least, the county would be fronting $620,000 for the Cecil Land Trust now to buy an easement on the Jacob and Virginia...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Commissioners Cut Extra Half-Cent on Tax Rate; Cut Sheriff’s Budget

May 23, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners made an additional last-minute half-cent cut in the proposed property tax rate Monday but again refused to restore funds to the county public schools and proposed cutting about $260,000 from the Sheriff’s proposed budget. The actions came during a Monday worksession but the final vote on the Fiscal 2012 county...
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New Cecil County Ethics Code Could Alter Political Landscape [Cecil Times News Analysis]

May 18, 2011

An advisory panel has drafted an overhaul of the Cecil County ethics code that could significantly alter the local political candidate landscape, including requirements for candidates and elected officials to disclose their in-laws financial dealings. Mike Burns, the current chairman of the county Ethics Commission and , presented the draft proposal to...
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Cecil County Budget: Commissioners Make Sort-of Decisions, Clear as Mud

May 17, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners on Tuesday decided—sort of—to ease some education budget cuts, but to hang tough against the county Sheriff and dismiss pleas from the county library system. A majority also continued a cryptic campaign to cut funds and re-vamp the county’s Economic Development office, but without specifying their ultimate agenda. Amidst lots...
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Cecil County Commissioners Slapped on Wrist by State Open Meetings Panel

May 15, 2011

A state open meetings board has slapped the Cecil County Commissioners on the wrists for going behind closed doors in 2010 to hire a lobbyist to oppose two bills pushed in Annapolis by state Sen. E.J. Pipkin and Del. Michael Smigiel, both R-36, that would have limited the powers of county government leaders. In...
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Cecil County Commissioners Get Earful from Perryville Mayor, Dog Parents; Kilby Asks Farm $ Aid

May 10, 2011

It was a day for citizens—and a mayor– to vent at the Cecil County Commissioners, even before the annual ritual of two budget hearings Tuesday afternoon and evening. And as the county faces daunting fiscal challenges, a local land preservation group sought a $600,000 loan from the county. Commissioners steeled themselves for a long...
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Dillman Out As Head of Planning Group; Cecil County Ponders Taking in Orphaned Office

May 9, 2011

CHESTERTOWN– The Upper Shore Regional Council, which provides economic development and planning assistance to Cecil County and two other area counties, is facing financial problems and its long-time executive director will be laid off next month. Some Cecil County Commissioners want to take the floundering organization under the county’s wing, providing free office space...
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Seven Candidates Contend for Cecil County Circuit Court Judgeship

April 29, 2011

Seven candidates, including some well-known local legal names, have applied for a gubernatorial appointment to a Cecil County Circuit Court judgeship, according to the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts. Five of the candidates applied for the post before the deadline to do so on Thursday, while two others are carry-over candidates placed in...
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