For Over an Hour Elkton’s Elected Leaders Hear About Impact of Proposal to Increase Water Rates Nearly 60-Percent

For over an hour last Wednesday evening, the Mayor and Commissioners heard the public’s thoughts on the proposal to raise water rates nearly 60-percent.  Citizen after citizen came before the board to let the elected leaders know about the harmful impact such a significant increase will have on family budgets and to ask the town to examine other options.  Specifically exploring the reasons for the hefty increase, some taxpayers brought up Elkton’s contract with the Artesian Water Company.  Commenting that “water is an expertise” that Artesian has, Bob Litzenberg cautioned, “You’d better get someone with better expertise than you have right here to read the contracts.”  Speaking about clauses in the Artesian contract, a Parktowne drive resident remarked, “The mayor and town commissioners should have exercised much greater due diligence before signing the contract with Artesian to understand how the financial impact would
affect Elkton residents. . . . The town should eliminate the offending clause
or find a new source of water. . .”  As the citizens addressed the financial impact of Elkton’s contract with Artesian, they received supportive applause from the audience.

Here’s the Elkton video recording of the public hearing, which runs for a little over an hour.  It starts at the 5 minute mark on the recording.

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18 responses to “For Over an Hour Elkton’s Elected Leaders Hear About Impact of Proposal to Increase Water Rates Nearly 60-Percent

  1. elkton taxpayer and voter

    At least some of the county commissoners questioned that Artesian contract. Wish our Elkton commissioners new what they were doing when they put us in town in such a mess. Like that man said at the meeting. I dont think any of them read any of it. Just signed it. When people asked Joe and the others questions they just sit there and didnt answer people. Only question I got is how come all those county commissioners donot see what happened in Elkton. Seems they all should be together on this one. We can’t afford more after what Elkton done. Where is the teaparty now when we need them to make sure the all county commissoners get it right .

    • The so called leaders of the Cecil County Patriots seem to have nothing more to do but attack Commissioners Dunn and Broomell. Never on county issues . Just on their personal / private life. I would not depend on any help from the Patriots what so ever. You are correct Elkton Commissioners probably never read the agreement. It would not surprise me if it didn’t come back and bite the county in the same fashion. I beleive Dunn and Broomell are trying to protect this from happening again. You may have noticed I have not called the Cecil County Patriots tea party as in my opinion they are far from what I beleive the real tea party stands for.

  2. “A citizen”: The Cecil County Patriots have been very involved in many issues on the local, state, and federal level. We have been and continue to be engaged in many issues. You may remember that over the summer we collected approximately 2000 signatures for the petition to put tuition for illegals on the ballot in 2012. We have been working to educate people about Plan Maryland as well as Agenda 21. We are currently working on a forum for Maryland senator which will be held in January. We publish a monthly newsletter regarding issues of relevance to the TEA party. We currently have a commissioner town hall planned on November 10. We are partnering with AFP for a Plan MD forum on November 3. We exposed the fact that Broomell and Dunn nominated a socialist to the Planning Commission. I am curious to know what you are doing? Please be more specific about your accusation against the Cecil County Patriots. What attacks have been about Commissioner Broomell’s and Dunn’s personal lives? Every criticism I have given and heard from members of the Patriots has been about policies and the positions of those commissioners, particularly in cases where they have misrepresented themselves or the issues. The TEA party stands for smaller government and less intrusion into our private lives. We defend the principles of the Constitution. I believe that promoting policies that help the private sector, rather than giving the government more authority; choosing people for appointments based on their qualifications rather than political cronies, and respecting private property rights are TEA party values. It seems that you have confused the TEA party with Occupy Wall Street. Put your name out here so I know who I’m talking to. Mine is right here, or do you find it more politically expedient to remain “Anonymous”?

    • Jackie, Jackie say it ain’t so.

      Dunn and Broomell tried to put socialist inside Cecil County Government. Dang, stop the presses call the Guardian. Get it on top of the front page. No call Fox News. An avowed socialist. This one’s bigger than Guardian so go right to Fox. What’s Cecil County government coming too. Next thing you know they’re slipping communists past our ever alert tea party and putting them inside county government. Might have already happened for all we know. Dang, where’s Joe McCarthy when you need him right here in Cecil County.

      Jackie, we got to get organized and get a system going so we don’t miss these dangerous things and more people know about it besides the tea party. Here we go. Hang one lantern on top of the county office bldg flag pole if they’re marching on the administration by way of Elk Creek with socialists and communists. Hang two lanterns if Dunn and Broomell are coming across cross the Delaware state line on Route 40 way with them. That way we can get some help out there quick to turn them back again with those communities and socialists. Send them back to Delaware.

      Oh who was that socialist name so we can all stay on alert and help you. Was he one they tried to put on the committee to cut county cost. We need Joe McCarthy more than ever right here in Cecil County. Hate to think what that socialist would do with those corporate utility contracts and stronger ethics laws.

      If we had this system place back when the tea party wasn’t any help in the local elections sorting out the true fiscal conservatives, think what might have happened. Lets use it next time for an election as its going to help voters know which candidates are watching out for their wallets. Course if the tea party is still going too be tied to up watching for socialists and communists that Dunn and Broomell are trying to get past we will have to think some more about the plan. Thank goodness someone spotted this danger to good government in Cecil County.

      Ever on the alert, Paul Revere

      http://redrighter.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/cecil-tea-party-patriots-leaves-voters-guessing/

    • You claim to stand for tea party values (less gov’t spending, transparency, accountability) but you are not supporting the ones fighting for this. It was Mullin, Broomell and Dunn who supported less spending and Moore & Hodge who wanted to cave in to the School lobby demands and also put $800,000 back into the budget. It was Mullin, Broomell and Dunn who supported new appointments that represent the best interest of the citizens and Hodge & Moore supported the same developer friendly sympathizers or don’t support replacing those who have served on committees forever. It was Mullin, Broomell and Dunn who were concerned about the Artesian Contract and tried to do something about it and it was Hodge & Moore who welcomed it with open arms but could never exactly say why. It was Mullin, Broomell and Dunn who have fought to represent private property rights in the Carpenter’s Point Rezoning and Hodge & Moore who wanted to give the Stewarts what they wanted. Check out Mullin, Broomell and Dunn’s campaign contributions and check out Hodge & Moore’s. Notice the pattern.
      My other concerns are as follows:
      Most disturbing is: [Someone Noticed edit] . . . actions were uncalled for.
      Patriots internet site states you need to be a member of Cecil County Patriots to add a comment. Is this the way to show a larger membership and to shut out unwanted comments. The Patriots set up their organization so Board of Directors are the ones in control for 10 years with no elections. Set up intentionally this way to avoid hostile takeover? Patriots say they do not endorse but lobbied for Hodge to be president of the County Commissioners. Jackie stated that she supports sprawl and there should not be regulations to control where growth goes. She also stated she does not support ag preservation. Where is Jackie’s accountability and fiscal responsibility that represents the Tea Party principal?

      Road Code Waiver:
      Commissioner Broomall and an engineer visited residents in her district to discuss the Road Code Waiver. Shortly after their visit someway [edit] a Patriot leader found the residents names and along with an e-mail from Scott Flanigan meant for the commissioners. He paid a visit to the same residents and confused them concerning the waiver. What business was it of his and who put him up to making the visit? Doesn’t [edit] realize that the Road Code Waiver protects individual property rights and that taxpayers do not fund infrastructure due to increased growth, developers who profit from it do. Public safety must come first.

      OK Jackie!! You asked for my comment so the above represents a few of my concerns. Are you aware that people are giving you a new title as the Cecil County Patrinuts? Just thought I would pass that on.

      A Citizen

      • “Check out Mullin, Broomell and Dunn’s campaign contributions and check out Hodge & Moore’s. Notice the pattern.”

        You are truly blind. If you have looked into the campaign contributions, for several election cycles, you have seen the Smipkin campaign finance machine at work. And when they miss a reported date, or forget some contributions, hey, not a problem. Mikey or EJ will pick up the tab for the fine, or just ignore it as usual.

        Your Smipkin adoration should be applauded if you also agree to pay the tax increases caused by closing the county to economic development. But wait…I forgot…we will be a tourist center of wealth and prosperity. Just look at the bus tours to the thriving Perryville Outlets. Let’s sing it now: We’re in the Money…We’re in the Money…We’ve got a lot of what it takes to get along! We’re in the money, The sky is sunny; Old Man Depression, you are through, You done us wrong!

        Now, doesn’t that make you feel grand?

      • This is the last time I will indulge you with a response to someone who does not even have the courage to identify himself/herself. This gives them an easy way to spread lies without having to be held accountable for those lies, a pure act of cowardice. Since it is impossible to rebut the deceitful one-liners you have put out there, I am unable to respond completely here, except to say that anyone who can’t speak openly with his/her name cannot be trusted. For those who wish to see a more complete response visit:
        http://cecilcountypatriots.ning.com/profiles/blogs/response-to-comment-by-anonymous-person-on-someone-noticed .
        Any future attempts to attack me without name and evidence will be ignored, as that individual should not be taken seriously.

  3. Jackie,
    [Someone Noticed edit] . . . You run around acting like you own the Tea party. You said that you stand for smaller government but you support Public officials who support raising taxes. Commissioners Hodge and Moore both supported increases in the Economic Development Department and Cecil County Public Schools. To clarifiy, they did not just want to fund them at their requested level, they wanted to over fund them. The Cecil County Public Schools already get 46% of the entire countys budget and receives in total around $15,0000,000.00 which is Moore(get it) than the entire County’s budget in state and federal funds . If you do not believe me,just ask her, and if she tells you she did not propose this, than I will go and get the mintues from that work session to prove it. The Economic Development department has not had a plan for seven years. That means that the Economic Development Director has not done much more than cash his check. Hodge and Moore are two Commissioners that the Cecil County Patriots support. This must be the smaller government and less taxes you talked about. The Tea party is a movement and not something that people have to ask any group to join. The thing you do not understand is the Tea party movement is about freedom and liberty, not control!

  4. Zeusky,
    Didn’t Ms Broomell proudly extol her affiliations with the Tea Party? Why, yes she did!

    Then, why is she all about control…her control…her agenda…uhm…she will need to look further into that…after she asks Smigieil what to do.

    Fiscal conservative, not she is. Just wait until the million$ of tax payers money is ‘dumped’ into the water and sewer of Elkton.

  5. Zeauskas: I am an activist as are many other people in the Patriots. If that offends you as your first statement suggests, I can’t help that. I have done nothing, except educate myself and others, network with like-minded people, and stand up for TEA Party principles. The TEA Party is a movement, which implies that the people in it move, not sit on the couch and wait for other people to take action. Anyone can be sympathetic to the TEA Party, but those who are active are recognized as part of the movement. It takes time and energy; it’s not something you can just get a “Certificate of Approval” from Smigiel to be a part of. We welcome anyone to get involved. The Patriots have only supported ideas and policies, not individual commissioners. Members of our group and our steering team were at the public budget hearing in the beginning of the year and in May, and we testified each time in favor of smaller government and less taxes. Where were you and your fellow “Smipkins” as you like to call yourselves? We also advocated the idea of the budget advisory committee to scrutinize the budget from a business perspective. The TEA party is about liberty which is what we have been consistently standing for from the beginning.

  6. Chris,
    What is your plan for economic development? What have you done to limit the size of government? When is the last time you came out to a Patriot’s Meeting?? Don’t your kids go to Cecil County Schools? Which program would you like to see cut in the schools? Inquiring minds would like to know!

  7. Smipkin Watcher

    Must be nearing election season. Delegate Mike Smigiel and his minions are on the attack against real and perceived enemies. They will focus on Commissioners Moore and Hodge, their perennial enemies. The local Tea Party Patriots must be attacked because they also show independence. The 3 Amigos are the perfect puppets. Senator ET Pipkin will fund their dismal team and provide for last minute negative mailings and robo-calls. It will be interesting to see if Commissioner Dunn survives the next election. Zeauskas sounds like he might run against Moore for County Exex. He should challenge her to a debate right now.

  8. Who is this coward who signs their name “Citizen.” This letter reads like an autobiography of Diana Broomall. Why is this citizen so afraid to leave their real name ? Probably because of all of the rest of the fiction that is included in this letter. You must remember Ms. Citizen, we live in Maryland, not Fantasyland.
    Remember, It was Commiaaioner Broomall who insinuates that department heads in Cecil County Government have conflicts of interest but won’t provide evidence, just accusations. The same tactic she used against the Department of Public Works when trying to move road code variances appeals from the Circuit Court, where it belongs, to the Board of Commissioners. She refuses to speak about the compromise offered by Mr Flanigan to establish an appeals board staffed with “professionals” for road code appeals like the county has established for other appeal processes. Commissioner Broomall insists that she can do the job better because “she can read.” Well I’ve got news for Ms. Broomall, my 8 year old neice can read too but that doesn’t qualify her as an expert on road variance. Commissioner Broomall stated for the record that the Cecil County Patriots are a special interest for developers but has no evidence to support her claims. I’d like to know what little moon rocket dropped these notions into her head. So, Ms “Citizen”, please identify yourself and be bold. All of the Broomall supporters who have shown up at public comment sessions speaking out against the Broomall blunders were brave enough to do it, so unless you are willing to do the same, I have no other option other than to blow off your unfounded rheteric as pure bull.

  9. I believe “A Citizen” is Commissioner Broomell herself. I don’t know of anyone other than she who could possibly know as much about her perceived accomplishments in such a well thought out systematic manner. Also, the words “Public safety must come first”. This is a common statement she likes to use. Although, I don’t know for sure that this is her, I do know that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it could be a commissioner.

  10. Jackie, Jackie, come on now. Let me know what is going on. You alerted the internet about the tea party catching Dunn and Broomell trying to slip socialist past. You got to let me know who it us so I can bon alert for another October surprise. You know if Dunn and Broomell would try to slip a socialist and put him inside the county the next thing they’ll do is slip some communists past you. We all got to help you on this one. This is a really big one. Since you put it out here about them slipping socialists into the ocunty govenrment, let me know which one it was so I can watch to. Come on now. We’ll all be on alert.

    Like I said earlier. We got to go all the way with this one. Stop the presses call the Guardian. Get it on top of the front page. No call Fox News. An avowed socialist. This one’s much bigger than the Guardian so go right to Fox. What’s Cecil County government coming to. Next thing you know Dunn and Broomell are slipping communists past our alert tea party and putting them inside county government. Might have already happened for all we know. Dang, where’s Joe McCarthy when you need him in Cecil County.

    Jackie, we got to get organized this time and get a system going so we don’t miss these dangerous things and more people know about it besides the tea party. Here we go. Hang one lantern on top of the county office bldg flag pole if they’re sneaking up on the administration by way of Elk Creek with socialists and communists. Hang two if Dunn and Broomell come west on Route 40 from Delaware. That way we can get some help out there quick to turn them back again with those commmies. Send them back to Delaware.

    We aren’t haveing no red scare bothering us in Ceicl County. We need Joe McCarthy more than ever in Cecil County. Think of what that socialist would do to mess up those corporate contracts people are wanting to sign and stronger ethics laws.

    Get this system going now. If we had this system in place back when the tea party wasn’t any help in the local elections sorting real fiscal conservatives, think what might have happened. Lets use it next time. Its going to help voters know which candidates are watching out for the wallets. Course if the tea party is still going to be tied up watching for socialists and communists that Dunn and Broomell are trying to get past we will have to work on that plan some more you know. One groiup can’t do it all but some one spotted such a danger.

    Ever on the alert, Paul Revere

    http://redrighter.wordpress.com/2010

  11. Hey can you fix that. I put up the wrong link. Here is the one I wanted to put up on my last article. Here is the one I thought I put up.

    Cecil Tea Party Patriots Leaves Voters Guessing

    http://redrighter.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/cecil-tea-party-patriots-leaves-voters-guessing/

    Thanks, Paul Revere.

  12. elkton taxpayer and voter

    I want to thank the county commissioners who are trying to stop the county from getting involved in a deal like Elktons done got us in. Some up there at the county got sense. Wish Elkton had some before it was to late. Why is the teaparty pushing the county to get inolved with that delaware company. Have those teaparty people come to Elkton and pay the taxes we got to pay now. What happened to watching our against big government.

  13. Well, well, well, look what we have ourselves here, a good old-fashioned brawl. You folks were getting so loud that it stirred me out of my 135 year slumber once again. I thought the Smipkin tribe was attacking! Can’t a dead war hero get any rest anymore! Since y’all woke me up, I might as well throw my thoughts in here. I know everyone is just dying to here what ME, THE GREATEST LEADER OF ALL, GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER has to say! Well Miss Jackie, if by “socialist” you mean someone who is intelligent, thoughtful, and actually has a brain, then I am all for it! Mr. Thorne is a Librarian, God forbid we put an intelligent person in power! I’m sure he’ll do just fine.

    Now that’s all I have to say! Now don’t wake me up from my slumber again, or things will get ugly! If I have to come back again, I’ll bring some reenforcements with me, and trust me, you don’t want me to bring that drunkard Grant with me, or that pyromaniac Sherman.

    General George Armstrong Custer signing out!

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