Elections board is preparing to move to site off Route 100, if council approves

September 25, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

If the Howard County Council approves at its meeting Oct. 1, the county Board of Election Supervisors will be moving this year to new, larger quarters in a brick, one-story building under construction off Route 100 at 8900 Columbia 100 Parkway.

Board workers and officials have been hoping to move for years from the current location at the rear of a small shopping center on the south side of U.S. 40 and west of Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City - the board's home since 1989. Deputy Administrator Evelyn Purcell told council members at a public hearing Sept. 19 that employees believe the current office is unsafe and too small.

Councilman Allan H. Kittleman, a western county Republican, said that he is always afraid of his car being hit in the back end when he slows to turn into the small center, which is between a U.S. 40 entrance ramp from U.S. 29 at the Rogers Avenue traffic light.

Compared with the 5,250 square feet the board pays $12.43 per square foot to rent, the new quarters are 6,575 square feet and will cost $17.75 per square foot, according to public works officials. That raised several eyebrows on the County Council, but the need to move was endorsed by everyone who spoke. Purcell said the new office would have more parking, be more accessible and more secure.

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