Allan H. Kittleman

Ball's first 'listening session' draws comments on Howard County transportation, development, housing costs and Ellicott City flood mitigation

Ball's first 'listening session' draws comments on Howard County transportation, development, housing costs and Ellicott City flood mitigation

Howard Executive Calvin Ball didn’t have much to say during a meeting with local residents Monday in Columbia.

That was the point.

For 90 minutes, the Democrat who was sworn in last week as county executive listened to questions and comments from a crowd of more than 130 people at the Florence Bain Senior Center. Moderated by Lowell Sunderland, a retired editor for The Baltimore Sun, the event was the first of seven listening sessions Ball has scheduled around the county.

Rebecca Aaron, a spokeswoman for the executive, said comments collected from the sessions...

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