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The following was posted by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on social media:

The County Council and I are jointly requesting that the Board of Education permit staff explore the use of property at the HCPSS Central Office for the North Columbia Fire Station.

The potential placement of the North Columbia Fire Station at the HCPSS Central Office property would allow efforts to replace the deteriorating Banneker Fire Station to proceed forward, address dense demand for emergency services in the MD-108 corridor, provide significant distance between the fire station and residential dwellings and eliminate the need to use existing park space for the fire station at Cedar Lane Park East.

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Making this request during “budget season” is an interesting tactic…and one that should be interesting to see play out.

Scott E