In his first 100 days, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has made a host of decisions. Here are a few:
• Repealing the sugary drinks ban. Kittleman's first act in office was to overturn a controversial executive order made by former County Executive Ken Ulman that banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snacks in county buildings and at county-sponsored events, prompting praise by local vendors and disappointment from Howard County's public health nonprofit, the Horizon Foundation.
• Staff turnover. Kittleman let several top county officials go, including executive staff who had worked closely with Ulman and the heads of the county's communications department, human rights office, office of environmental sustainability, as well as the deputy director and director of special projects for the department of planning and zoning, and brought on new staff to replace them.
• Makeovers for two county offices. In December, Kittleman announced plans to restructure two county offices, the Office of Human Rights and the Office of Environmental Sustainability. While the human rights reorganization is on hold after being tabled by the County Council, plans to remake the sustainability office to incorporate agricultural, economic and infrastructural sustainability as well as environmental sustainability are moving forward.
• Long Reach. After plans for Long Reach-based Celebration Church to purchase a vacant grocery store in the village center fell through, the county purchased the site for $2.5 million in mid-February. A few days later, Kittleman took a walk through the center to talk with business owners there.
• Annapolis testimony. Kittleman has traveled to Annapolis twice this session to support legislation that could impact Howard County, another campaign promise. He's testified in favor of referendum reform and a bill that would repeal the stormwater fee, dubbed a rain tax by critics. At home, however, Kittleman has not announced plans to get rid of the fee, and a county committee has recommended keeping it intact until an alternative funding structure is proposed.
• Historic Ellicott City. Kittleman is weighing removing parking meters along Main Street in Ellicott City, a campaign trail pledge. He has also announced plans to fund stormwater projects for the flood-prone historic district and to install free WiFi there.