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    County Acquires Buildings in Ellicott City

    Prior to the past election, much had been discussed regarding the potential demolition of the buildings at lower Main Street in Ellicott City, MD over the Tiber. Two pieces of legislation were circulating in the halls of the George Howard building and in the minds of many in Howard County and beyond. Dubbed the “Kittleman-Weinstein plan”, a key component of the “solution” chosen by the county for addressing the flooding that the area is historically known for was the acquisition and demolition of buildings over/near the Tiber tributary. It was also the most controversial component. In an election season, issues surface that become talking points for candidates. The best mechanism…

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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…