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Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update March 17

La Plata, MD - On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Board of Commissioners received an update from the Charles County Health Department on the latest efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Dr. Suzan Lowry, MD FAAP, the Charles County Health Officer, shared information on the process for testing, tracing, and preventing COVID-19 from being transmitted locally. The community can obtain comprehensive information on the website, www.charlescountyhealth.org and contact the call center at 301-609-6717 for urgent questions or concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, several other agency leaders provided updates on their specific efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, including Dr. Kimberly A. Hill, Superintendent of Charles County Public Schools; Sheriff Troy Berry; Dr. Maureen Murphy, President of the College of Southern Maryland; Mayor Brandon Paulin, Town of Indian Head; and Carl Schinner, Town of La Plata Police Chief. Watch the full video presentation on CCGTV.

Commissioners directed County Administrator Mark Belton to develop a plan to move all future Board meetings to a virtual platform that could be broadcast online and on CCGTV to ensure the safety of employees and residents as the county continues to manage COVID-19 as a local public health emergency. County staff will notify the public through the local media, CCGTV, and online communication tools to keep the public informed on viewing future meetings.

Budget Work Session

The Board of County Commissioners held a budget work session to review the anticipated revenues, expenditures, and requests for funding from the county’s Enterprise Funds in the fiscal 2021 budget. County budget staff presented a detailed overview of the Landfill Fund, Environmental Service Fund, Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund, Inspection and Review Fund, Recreation Fund, Cable Franchise Operations, Water and Sewer Fund, and the Water and Sewer CIP.

Commissioners’ New Business
• Commissioner Gilbert “BJ” Bowling (District 1) proposed that the Board consider how part-time employees could be paid during the time that they are not providing direct service at government facilities as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Commissioners directed County Administrator Mark Belton conduct a fiscal analysis and provide an update to the Board.

• Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. proposed that the Board consider establishing a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund that could direct resources and support to those in the community who need it. Commissioners directed County Administrator Belton to bring together partnering agencies and develop a proposed action plan for consideration.

Approval Items
• A fiscal 2020 budget transfer request for one-time purchases for Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center.

• A letter of support for Friends of Smallwood State Park’s grant application to Preservation Maryland.

• A Conservation Easement Agreement with Mt. Tirzah Family Limited Partnership.

Recognitions
• Commissioners recognized March 24 as National Agriculture Day in Charles County. Commissioners recognized the Charles County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, and Charles County Farm Bureau for all they do for the agricultural industry.

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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