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Charles County July 23 Commissioners Meeting Update

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On Tuesday, July 23, the Charles County Board of Commissioners were briefed by the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism on providing recreation financial assistance to senior citizens and low-income residents.

Two options offered included providing an annual RecPASS only to senior citizens and low-income residents for daily admissions to community centers and pool, or providing RecAssist, which includes an annual RecPASS and $150 credit to be used for recreation programs for low-income residents of all ages. Commissioners provided consensus to support the RecAssist program.

Commissioners also held a joint meeting with the Town of Indian Head, Town of La Plata, and Port Tobacco municipality representatives to discuss general concerns within the towns and provide updates. Some of the topics discussed include sidewalk improvements, infrastructure projects, stormwater concerns, increased crime in unlocked vehicles, US Route 301 traffic increase, and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge project.

Open Session Briefings

  • Commissioners discussed their current initiatives to include the Drug Take Back Program, Protection Plus Program, and Veterans Corner. Commissioners also discussed proposed initiatives to include Children’s Commissioners’ Office Coloring and Activity Book Initiative, Revitalizing Our Communities, Bilingual Messaging, Keep Charles County Beautiful, and County Seat for a Day with the Commissioners. Commissioners requested staff to provide additional information in September, as well as to keep the current initiatives and begin work on the proposed initiatives.
  • Charles County Charitable Trust provided a briefing on the Charles County Nonprofit Grant Awards Program, as well as the fiscal 2020 grant recipients list.
  • Approval Items

Commissioners received public input on the Solid Waste Management Plan and the plan was adopted.
The Charles County Commissioners Annual State Legislative Package Process Standard Operating Policy and Procedure to provide a framework for efficient and collaborative development of state legislative proposals.

Commissioners approved the following fiscal requests:

  • A request to introduce legislation, which would provide changes to the Charles County Code Chapter 208 School Crossing Guards. Public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10.
  • A request to introduce legislation, which would provide changes to the Charles County Code Chapter 287 Vehicle Parking Laws. Public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10.
  • A letter of support for the Farm Heritage Conservancy’s grant application, which would relocate and restore the Roberston Farm Log Tenant House.
  • A budget transfer request of $61,000 to cover electricity costs at sewer pump stations, which increased due to record rainfall in fiscal 2019.
  • A budget transfer request of $70,000 to cover sludge disposal costs at the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant, due to the record rainfall.
  • A budget transfer request of $81,900 to repair county roads and drainage and culvert systems, due to the record rainfall.
  • A budget amendment increase of $54,500 to amend the fiscal 2020 budget for the Employee Compensation Study that was a part of the fiscal 2019 adopted budget. The study was not done in fiscal 2019 and needed to carry over into fiscal 2020.
  • A budget transfer request of $165,000 to install fiber optic cable at Cliffton Wastewater Treatment Plant, St. Annes Well, and Cliffton Pump Station #1.
  • A budget transfer request to support the Law Library to accommodate bail bond refunds, a budget transfer request to align the Law Library fiscal 2019 budget for revenue and expenses for fiscal year end, and a budget transfer request to align the Law Library fiscal 2020 budget to include use of fund balance towards bail bond refunds.

Recognitions

  • Commissioners recognized Asante Blackk with a citation for his acting role in the Netflix series, “When They See Us.”
  • Commissioners recognized Samerya Montgomery with a citation for being the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital National Champion.
  • Commissioners recognized county employees for their years of service, as well as employees of the quarter, and retirees.

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