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June 01, 2018

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John J.

Since the resurrection of Old EC was a campaign achievement for both County Executive Kittleman and Councilman Weinstein the destruction of Old EC by another flood is definitely a political issue. All the Council members (who also sat on Zoning Board)and both Ulman and Kittleman were in office when developments on College Ave, New Cut and Ellicott Mills (Roger Carter Center and Burgess Mill development which is still 2 years after 2016 being built up)were approved; all except Greg Fox are running for some political office.

This is not a Democratic or Republican issue since both parties were equally guilty of exacerbating problem and avoiding discussing what it would take to fix. On Friday June 1st(usual day for political bad news)the engineering consultant McCormick Taylor gave a press conference (introduced by junior member of County Exec. Staff) determined that about $35 million in immediate improvements were needed and up to $85 million in long-term projects to mitigate (not prevent) future flooding. This study was not just completed; it had been sitting there unpublicized while merchants were encouraged to rebuilt to give the illusion of normalcy before 2018 election.

We need to relook at who is accepting funding and providing favors to developers and elect those who won't. We have to tighten the Zoning review process. We have to elect office holders who will include stormwater management and transportation issues (not just school population) in Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.

Ken

If it's going to cost $120MM to "mitigate" and still not ultimately fix anything, perhaps the county should just buy up the real estate along Main Street and turn it into a park.

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