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    Truly Embracing Black History in Howard Co

    On this, the last day of Black History Month, I thought it important to remind people why such heritage months matter. Particularly in states such as Maryland, which I think many forget are part of The South. Every now and then, a story makes national news such as the one involving the Maryland Delegate in Harford county who thought it okay to utter a derogatory racial slur about a Maryland county that has an unmistakable majority makeup of African Americans in it. When these stories come out, there are always those who are very vocal, and there are those who are noticeably and sometimes uncharacteristically silent. If one has the…

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    A new council, but is it a NEW council?

    While Historic Ellicott City struggles to find funds for proper flood mitigation, people have been digging into what the last council did and authorized regarding developments upstream to the beleaguered and flood-prone lower Main area. One such property is 8960 Frederick Road, better known as the Tiber Woods project. The project will be bringing more than 35 new townhomes to the area. What was striking about this project are TWO important things: according to the letter seen below, the wetlands for the parcels were declared to NOT be under the jurisdiction of Howard County. Interesting, because where there is one such property there are surely more. But then THIS was…

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    Ellicott City: Safe For A Safe House?

    Ellicott City had a flood. Actually, it had 2 of them within 2 years. This isn’t a new problem for Ellicott City, which has seen its share of flooding since the 1800s. Some may think that the stated focus of solving the problem that is making it into the news is new, but it isn’t. Local government administrations have declared that they were going to solve the problem for as long as the oldest Howard Countian has lived on the earth. It would be fair to say that this will be the first time that the newly-elected County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball has had a crack at being at the…

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    Not Enough Flood or School Money, but YES, a “Civic Complex” in Howard

    We’ve all heard it. The County is alleging that there are no more funds available in order to do any more historic Ellicott City flood mitigation work other than that outlined in the 5 Year Plan announced by County Executive (and candidate) Allan Kittleman, and soon-to-be-ex-Council member Jon Weinstein.  While it initially sounded good to make that grand announcement, there have been many that have wanted to kick the tires and look under the hood before buying it. A huge issue that many are having (aside with the issues concerning the demolition of historic buildings and the perceived lack of transparency by the County for the who/what/where/hows) is why the…

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    Historic Courthouses Disappearing

    (note: read all the way through to see why this is called what it’s labeled) We need to “..act like it’s our house”, he said. Steve Sachs, the chair of the Spending Affordability Advisory Committee in Howard County said those words at the start of a December 20, 2016 meeting regarding a proposal they were to evaluate. The proposal dealt with the relocation and building of a new circuit courthouse in Howard County. The price tag was steep, and the long-term implications were many for the Committee and for Howard Countians who will be footing the bill for years for the project. Part of its mandate was to “..Review in…

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    Looking back through floods

    May 27, 2018: a flood hit historic Ellicott City with a force not seen in the area since.. Oh right, we have seen it before just 2 years ago! You’ve heard or read the story that is a response by Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein to the 2018 flood, haven’t you? A bill to put a moratorium on permits for development will be introduced, because “Rebuilding Ellicott City stronger, smarter, and safer requires more than just construction materials,” Weinstein said. (From Baltimore Sun June 15 article by Kevin Rector) It SOUNDS good, doesn’t it? On the eve of the Maryland primary election, there are a lot of things being said by…