10.30.12 Ulman Announces Openings for October 31st
October 30, 2012
Kevin Enright, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Ulman Announces Openings for October 31st
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced that government operations will be open on Wednesday, Oct. 31st. “I appreciate all the hard work and preparation that residents and County employees put into getting ready for Hurricane Sandy-- there is no question that it paid off, ” said Ulman. “And while there is still much work to do over the coming days to repair what Sandy damaged, this community continues to prove time and time again that it can rise to any challenge.”
Open tomorrow are: County Government, the District and Circuit Courts, the health department, parks and community centers, libraries, and all Howard Transit services. Trash and recycling will take place following the "slide schedule" -- as if Tuesday was a holiday. The landfill will be open; tree debris and yard waste will be picked up as part of the regular yard waste collection. Light brush will be collected: it must be bundled with string--and may not exceed 18 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length.
Howard County Public Schools expect to announce their decision later this evening. Go to hcpss.org or call the school system hotline at 410-313-6666. Howard Community College will be open tomorrow.
Early voting will be open tomorrow with hours and dates extended at all three County locations. Early voting hours are now 8 am to 9 pm for this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. County locations are The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia 21044; Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 21042; and Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road, Jessup, 20794.
Many residents have contacted the County about Halloween. As always, we remind parents and guardians to use good judgment to keep kids safe. Children should be escorted by adults at all times and should avoid hazardous areas where there is standing water or no street lights. Children should trick or treat before dark and should remember all basic Halloween safety advice, such as never entering a stranger's home or eating candy before parents can check to make sure it's safe. Homeowner’s should be sure to leave front lights on to let kids know it's safe to trick or treat at their homes.
At the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant, some power has been restored and the plant should be fully online later this evening. It is important to note that this situation did not impact the County's drinking water supply in any way. During a power outage at the plant that lasted approximately 12 hours, 90 percent of the water which overflowed from the plant into the Patuxent River was storm water.
Staffing for Howard County's 24-hour emergency call center will be suspended as of 7 p.m. tonight, and the call center line, 410-313-2900, will revert to a recorded message. The Howard County phone number for non-emergency requests is 410-313-2200.