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Ken Ulman

Property dealings put county's penchant for control on display

If there is one word that's not in the Howard County vocabulary, it is "random." The county does not do random. The chips do not fall where they may. Fate is never cast to the wind.

On the other hand, "control" — that's a word to conjure with here.

The county's hands-on penchant is on full display with regard to a piece of property at the corner of Route 1 and Whiskey Bottom Road. The 1.92-acre Hurst property, a former antiques store, was on the shopping list of former County Executive Ken Ulman as his term came to an end last December, and the county bought it for $1.9 million.

Questions were raised about an "inappropriate" use of...