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Charles County update - Recognitions and briefings

LA PLATA, Md. - At Tuesday’s Feb. 6 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners received briefings from the County Administrator, Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services, Department of Planning and Growth, and the College of Southern Maryland.  Below is a recap of the meeting:

Recognitions:

  • February 2018 is proclaimed as African American History Month in Charles County.  A proclamation was presented to Louise Booth Webb and Dorothea Holt Smith, Charles County African American Heritage Museum representatives.
  • Residents are encouraged to recognize February 2018 as Heart Health Month in Charles County, and to promote and increase awareness of heart disease. Representatives for this proclamation included Nu Zeta Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Southern MD Chain Chapter of the Links, Inc.; and Charles County Government Wellness Committee.
  • During February, Charles County Government, in partnership with the La Plata Police Department, is supporting The Blue Ribbon Project’s Backpacks of Love program, which assists victims of child abuse and neglect. The proclamation was presented to Taylor Pyles, the founder of The Blue Ribbon Project; and La Plata Police Department representatives. Visit bit.ly/2Eon5X2 for more information about the program.
  • Every minute, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury severe enough to require treatment.  February 2018 is declared Scald Prevention Month in Charles County.  The proclamation was presented to a representative of Emergency Medical Services.

Open Sessions Briefings:

  • County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM provided an overview of the November and December Monthly Reports.  The reports are available online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/publications.
  • The College of Southern Maryland presented the state of the college which noted the 2018 winter graduation included 709 candidates for degrees and certificates, of which 35 percent were Charles County residents.
  • The county's independent audit firm, SB & Company, LLC, presented a clean audit review of the county's fiscal 2017 financial statements. The review covered the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
  • The Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services updated the County Commissioners on the financial position of the fiscal 2018 General Fund through Dec. 31, 2017.  A year-end estimate for June 30, 2018 was also included projecting a slight deficit of less than $200,000 to be funded with county reserves.
  • The Annual Transit (VanGO) transportation plan was approved which included consolidated grant application to Maryland Transit Administration for transit operating and capital assistance.
  • The Board of Commissioners approved a request be sent to the Maryland Public Service Commission to oversee the regulation of taxi cabs in Charles County.
  • The County Commissioners appointed members to fill vacancies on the various Boards and Commissions.

Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 27.

For More Information:
Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv.   Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public upon approval.

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