Robey and Merdon to join efforts for BRAC committee

March 05, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

County Executive James N. Robey and County Council Chairman Christopher J. Merdon have agreed to combine their efforts in creating a committee that will examine the effect of the thousands of government jobs heading to the region from the nationwide consolidation of military bases.

In January, the two announced plans to form similar committees that would analyze how the Base Closure and Realignment process would affect the county's schools, roads, housing and businesses. But Robey announced Friday that Merdon would be withdrawing his council resolution to form a committee.

In a statement, Merdon said: "The County Council looks forward to working with County Executive Robey on the formation of his task force as well as helping to address the impacts the BRAC recommendations will have on Howard County."

It is estimated that the BRAC process will bring 11,400 government jobs to Fort Meade, just over the Howard County line in Anne Arundel County, and to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County.

The 25-member task force will be formed by executive order, and its members will be named by the end of the month, Robey's statement said.

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