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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…