The fact-finding by the commissioners related to assessing county involvement (if any) in handing over a BRAC bus tour to a political group is still on and the questions remain unsettled, the county administrator and Commissioner Hodge advised. Our call on this came about Sunday after “informed sources” told the Cecil Times that the county has already concluded its determination, “the county finds no inappropriate activities.” Since a range of people (county staff to interested parties) had been asked to attend the Tuesday fact-finding meeting, so the commissioners could explore this matter, we wondered if it was still on.
Al Wein, the county administrator, said there is no report available and as far as he was aware staff was going to be there to explain the situation to the Board. Other than that piece of information, there was nothing else he was aware of to share with us.
Commissioner Hodge also responded promptly to our query and said he was unaware of where the published report from an “informed source” was coming from as the meeting to do fact-finding and sort things out was still on. He added Economic Development and the Friends of Charter would be there to make statements to the elected officials and answer questions from the board. Involved parties will be able to ask questions, as the board works to understand the matter and straighten it out. The Commissioner emphasized again, that he’s disappointed to hear the initial story about the BRAC bus tour and wants to hear statements and responses to questions in order to get this cleared up. He also emphasized that he would have perferred to hear much more about the pros and cons related to charter government, rather than how the committee financed its campaign to convince people to vote yes on charter.
We should note that Commissioner Hodge, on this and any other issue we’ve ever raised is quick to respond to citizens. In a matter that has had far too many twists and turns, and simply needed straighten out, we appreciate this call as it helps to clarify the latest twist while trying to pin down a few basic queries.