Teach­ers as­so­ci­a­tion an­nounces pri­mary en­dorse­ments

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

A res­i­dent takes a photo of the Pearce Creek Dredge Ma­te­rial Con­tain­ment Fa­cil­ity in Ear­leville dur­ing a site visit Fri­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Gavin Kaiser, an en­gi­neer with the Corps of En­gi­neers, points out where meth­ane re­lease pipes will be vis­i­ble at the dis­posal site.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

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