Cecil County Council Approves Funding for Emergency Services and Economic Development, Reappoints Weed Control Advisory Board

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ELKTON, MD — The Cecil County Council in Maryland took decisive action on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, during the Legislative Session Day 2024-02 to bolster county services and initiatives. The council enacted several resolutions, affecting areas from emergency services to economic development, demonstrating a commitment to the improvement and growth of the county.

Resolution No. 01-2024 saw the council approve a budget amendment to allocate an additional $84,866 to the Department of Emergency Services. These funds, taken from the General Fund, are earmarked for the purchase of critical equipment, including radios, a cardiac monitor/defibrillator, automatic external defibrillators, and required radio parts. This move underlines the council’s dedication to ensuring that the county’s emergency services are adequately equipped to respond to crises effectively and efficiently.

In a show of support for local agriculture, the council also enacted Resolution No. 02-2024 and Resolution No. 03-2024. These resolutions provide supplemental appropriations totaling $85,000 to the Special Revenue Other Grants Fund, Office of Economic Development. The funds, granted by the Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) and the Upper Shore Regional Council, will be directed towards the Agriculture Microgrant Program in Cecil County. By matching funds for this initiative, the council is encouraging the growth and development of local agriculture, an industry vital to the county’s economy and the well-being of its residents.

Resolution No. 04-2024 further bolsters the county’s economic development efforts, providing $112,320 to the Special Revenue Other Grants Fund, Office of Economic Development. The grant, awarded by the Maryland Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), will enable the county to invest in marketing materials such as signage, literature, web pages, and a video to promote local sites and stories to both visitors and locals. This resolution reflects the council’s recognition of the importance of drawing attention to Cecil County’s unique offerings.

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Finally, the council confirmed the reappointment of eleven members to the Weed Control Advisory Board with Resolution No. 05-2024. The three-year terms of Robert Weaver, Jim Calao, Charles Herzog, Kenneth Newcomb, Doris Behnke, Ryan Fisher, Carroll Michael Scheeler, William Ewing, Jessica Edge, Scott Heaps, and John Fabian will now run until January 16, 2027. These appointments underscore the council’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the county’s natural environment and managing its vegetation.

You can find copies of this document on the Cecil County Government website or at the County Administration Building located at 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton. For additional information, reach out to the County Council Office at 410.996.5201 or via email at council@ccgov.org. Alternate formats of this document are also available.

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