Howard County Executive Calvin Ball provided an update on Feb 17 on the Ellicott City Safe & Sound plan – a project announced in Dec 2018, in response to the devastating flooding experienced in that area.
County Executive Ball detailed updates of the Ellicott City Safe & Sound Plan in a video message, covering completed or in-progress flood mitigation projects, property acquisition, permitting, and design work.
From the Howard County press release:
“I am encouraged by the progress we have made, and I know there is still much more work to do on our flood mitigation projects as well as continuing support for our town holistically to ensure its continued success,” said Ball. “We’re grateful for the continued engagement and collaboration from our residents as we work through the Ellicott City Safe & Sound plan. This year has been especially trying on our businesses in Ellicott City, and we will continue to provide support to ensure our town will thrive for years to come. We also have some exciting, impactful projects on the horizon for Ellicott City – including reuse of the historic current courthouse complex. Our hope is that this project will not only bring in new businesses but will also support the economic vitality of the town.”
The County Executive also updated residents on other projects, including the H7 and Quaker Mill dry flood mitigation ponds, the Maryland Avenue Culvert, and Howard County’s selection by the Environmental Protection Agency to apply for WIFIA funding, a low-interest, long-term loan program through the federal government. This selection signals that WIFIA intends to provide Howard County with 49 percent of the cost of the Safe & Sound plan.