Mr. Ulman in the paper
Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Lots of good stuff regarding some of Ken Ulman’s initiatives and responses to questions at a community forum. As reported in The Sun.
Widening Rt 29 from Little Patuxent Parkway to Montgomery County. Great. I hope congressman Cummings doesn’t disappoint Mr. Ulman and can actually come up with the funding. However, I hope they don’t stop at the Mongomery County line. I also hope they can install some traffic calming devices. This road can be like the Indy 500.
New buses. I am a proponent of public transportation. Does anyone know how many people this system actually transports in a year?
Promoting greater use of alternative-fuel vehicles that reduce pollution. Great. He has many alternatives here. I hope he uses them all.
He said “money is not falling from the sky.” A change in federal accounting standards (the GASB isn’t a federal agency so I don’t know why they call this a change in federal standards) for local governments has created a $477 million bill for health benefits for future Howard County government retirees.
Yes this is true and I have written about it before. However, I have come to believe that the bond rating agencies will give us time as long as they see us continue to make progress. Given the windfall on property taxes money is falling from the sky.
Edward Walter, 74, of Woodstock asked if the county can’t use methane gas from landfills for fuel, instead of allowing it to be burned off – a suggestion discussed by Republican Christopher J. Merdon during last year’s political campaign.
Ulman said he would like to do that but has been advised by public works officials that not enough gases are produced at the old New Cut Landfill or at Alpha Ridge to make fuel conversion practical.
That is disappointing and contridictory to EPA studies. I hope Ulman doesn’t drop the idea and gets a third opinion.