Teachers association announces primary endorsements
— As early voting begins across the county, the Cecil County Classroom Teachers Association and the Cecil Education Support Personnel Association have announced their endorsements for a number of local races.
CCCTA and CESPA have endorsed Alan McCarthy for county executive, Bob Meffley for county council and Jim Fazzino and Bill Manlove for board of education.
The two associations, which together represent about 1,200 Cecil County
Public School employees, chose not to endorse either Jackie Gregory or Paul Trapani in the District 5 county council race.
“I think that the good thing is that everybody that did come, whether they interviewed or filled out a questionnaire, overall, everybody is in it because they want a better Cecil County,” said Lori Hrinko, CCCTA president. “We just have different ideas on how to get there.”
To decide candidates to what
en- dorse, the organizations sent out questionnaires and then a committee conducted roughly one-hour in-person interviews with the candidate. The committee then made recommendations to the CCCTA and CESPA executive boards, who in turn brought the recommendations to their representative assemblies to be approved. When deciding who to endorse, Hrinko said the two organizations look for support of school funding, opposition to the outsourcing of support personnel, support for collective bargaining rights, understanding of Common Core and understanding of the schools’ unfunded mandates.
“For us, (Common Core) can be a deciding factor because we have to work within certain constraints and if they can’t understand the laws that we’re bound by, that becomes difficult,” Hrinko said.
The decision to endorse McCarthy for county executive was primarily because
into local groundwater, said Gavin Kaiser, a Corps engineer overseeing the project. Soggy ground made compaction of soil difficult, but warmer weather has speeded up efforts. Before crews begin to place the first of the liner on the site Monday, however, residents of the communities of Bay View Estates, West View Shores and Sunset Pointe, whose well qualities were degraded by decades of leaching from dredge spoils, toured the site with officials.
Meanwhile, the Corps recently received confirmation that the Maryland Department of the Environment had approved its extension request on its water quality certificate, a needed state approval in order to dispose of dredge spoils. The department had originally approved a certificate in December 2014, contingent on the fact that officials begin construction on a public water service line to the residents of the affected communities.
The new certificate, which will expire March 31, 2018, was approved due to the delays in awarding of the liner contract. With the liner scheduled to be completed in October 2017, the Corps expects to dredge the C&D Canal and its approach channels in the winter of 2017-18, disposing of spoils at Pearce Creek.
About two dozen residents took time Friday to see the site firsthand, which has changed Lt. Col. Michael Bliss, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia district, shakes hands with Ken Cowley, a Bay View Estates resident, during a visit at Pearce Creek Friday. Chief of the Philadelphia District Operations Division Anthony DePasquale looks on.
dramatically since a U.S. Geological Survey report detailed the issues there in January 2013. Crews have scrubbed all vegetation out of the DMCF, and bulldozers and steamrollers continue to compress and flatten the surface in preparation for the liner’s placement. As each of the 10 sections of Hallaton geo-membrane synthetic liner are placed, a foot of top soil will be placed back on top, hiding its presence from view and protecting its integrity, officials said.
As work of the liner progresses, so to does the solution for public water service.
Chris Rogers, an engineer with AECOM, told residents Friday that Eastern State, of Wilmington, Del., will begin construction of the transmission main for the Cecilton-provid- ed water line this week.
Work on the installation of the distribution pipes is expected to begin next month by Reybold, of Bear, Del. After the town was unable to get an easement for the first run of the pipeline, AECOM proceeded with putting pipes into a State Highway Administration easement rather than across private property, Rogers reported. The change in plans is not expected to have any impact on the timeline for service, as Reybold will begin other sections of the pipeline as approvals are obtained for the new plan.
On-lot work to hook up homeowners to public water service will begin after the water system is put online in about a year.
A resident takes a photo of the Pearce Creek Dredge Material Containment Facility in Earleville during a site visit Friday.
Gavin Kaiser, an engineer with the Corps of Engineers, points out where methane release pipes will be visible at the disposal site.