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CCPS 2022 Winter Break Operating Schedule

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) administrative offices are closed Friday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of New Year’s Day. Schools are closed Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 2, for winter break. Schools, offices and buildings reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, as noted in the Parent Handbook/Calendar. During winter break, some CCPS high schools may have athletic events such as games or practices planned during the day. These events will occur as planned. A list of planned athletic competitions for December is posted online at www.smacathletics.org. Additionally, the indoor pools at Henry E. Lackey and North Point high schools, as well as the Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles High School, will be open during winter break through Charles County Parks and Recreation. The following is the winter break operating schedules for all three pools. • Closed Dec. 23-26. • Open Dec. 27-30, noon to 5 p.m. • Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Pool schedules are subject to change and are posted at https://www.charlescountyparks.com/recreation/aquatics. CCPS posts calendar information on the school system website at www.ccboe.com


Threat of Mass Violence at Middle School Investigated

Threat of Mass Violence at Middle School Investigated: On December 1 during the lunch hour, a student at Milton Somers Middle School made statements in the presence of several other students of bringing a gun to school and causing harm to others. One of the students that overheard the comments reported it to a school administrator. The School Resource Officer was notified and initiated an investigation. The SRO and administrator notified the juvenile’s parents and followed up with a home safety check. In accordance with Maryland law, due to the age of the student, no criminal charges can be filed in Maryland for crimes such as this. The student faces disciplinary action through the CCPS. Anyone with details about this case is asked to call PFC Duley at 301-609-3282 ext. 494.


Charles County Government December Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to operating schedules for the month of December: 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata) will close at 2 p.m. for the Oath of Office ceremony.
 

Friday, Dec. 9

The Charles County Treasury Office (Waldorf and LaPlata branches) will close at 12:30 p.m.
 

Wednesday, Dec. 14

The Charles County Landfill, all Recycling Centers, and the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility will close at 11 a.m.
 

Friday, Dec. 16

The Department of Planning and Growth Management will close at 11:30 a.m.
The Nanjemoy Community Center and all senior centers will close at noon.
The Department of Community Services will not schedule appointments or accept walk-ins after 12 p.m.
 

Friday, Dec. 23

All Charles County Government offices and the Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville are closed.
All indoor pools, senior centers and all school-based community centers are closed.
Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center is open for scheduled recreational activities and programs.
 

Saturday, Dec. 24

The Charles County Landfill, all Recycling Centers, and the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility are closed.
The Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville is closed.
All indoor pools, Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.
Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, and the Port Tobacco Recreation Center are closed.
VanGO last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Berry Road, Brandywine Connector, Pinefield, Indian Head, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, St. Charles C.  Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Business A, Business B, Charlotte Hall.  Last departure from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. for St. Charles D.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 5:30 for Bryans Road, La Plata and Nanjemoy.  Last departure from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg will be at 4:30 p.m.
 

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

The Crain Memorial Welcome Center is closed.
All Indoor Pools, White Plains Gold Course, and White Plains Skatepark are closed. 
 

Monday, Dec. 26

All Charles County Government offices and the Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville are closed.
All indoor pools, Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.
Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center is open for scheduled recreational activities and programs. 
 

Friday, Dec. 30

All Charles County Government offices and the Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville are closed.
All senior centers and all school-based community centers are closed.
Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center is open for scheduled recreational activities and programs.
 

Saturday, Dec. 31

The Charles County Landfill, all Recycling Centers, and the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility are closed.
Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, and the Port Tobacco Recreation Center are closed.
All indoor pools, and all school-based community centers are closed.
VanGO last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Berry Road, Brandywine Connector, Pinefield, Indian Head, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, St. Charles C.  Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Business A, Business B, Charlotte Hall.  Last departure from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. for St. Charles D.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 5:30 for Bryans Road, La Plata and Nanjemoy.  Last departure from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg will be at 4:30 p.m.
 

Operating status for other County affiliated agencies:

Charles County Parks and Tourism Facilities: www.CharlesCountyParks.com/about-us/operating-status
Charles County Public Library: www.ccplonline.org
Charles County Public Schools: www.ccboe.com
Charles County Health Department: www.CharlesCountyHealth.org
 

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Lusby Native Serves Aboard USS Harry S. Truman

221128-N-TY639-1073 NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 28, 2022) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Damion Davis, from Lusby, Maryland, uses a needle gun to remove paint aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), November 28, 2022. Truman is the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and is currently in port onboard Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Nass)

 


Department of Aging & Human Services to Close Monday, December 12

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, including all three senior activity centers, will be closed on Monday, December 12, 2022, for staff development and training.

Home-Delivered Meals recipients will receive an additional frozen meal prior to December 12.

For more information, visit [www.stmaryscountymd.gov/aging]www.stmaryscountymd.gov/aging or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.


Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Emergency Services is in the process of updating the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which includes the Town of Leonardtown.  The Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines actions that can be taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from natural hazards. It is an effective tool in identifying risks from and vulnerabilities to natural hazards, allowing communities to take action to protect their people and infrastructure before disasters occur.

These plans are required as a condition for receiving federal mitigation grant funding for projects. The plan is updated every five years.  The St. Mary’s County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, acting in an advisory capacity to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County is overseeing this plan update. 

To see the current plan or make comments, you can go to https://www.stmaryshazardplan.org/.


St. Mary's Public Schools Announce Increased Security Measures At After School Events

LEONARDTOWN, MD – Superintendent of Schools, Dr. J. Scott Smith, announces the implementation of increased security measures for after-school events.

 

In a continuing effort to improve security and provide a safer experience for students, parents, staff, and community members, St. Mary’s County Public Schools is implementing increased security measures for after-school events.

 

Beginning with the high school basketball season, spectators will not be allowed to enter game venues carrying any bags.  Spectators will only be permitted to carry a small clutch or wallet into events.  Other small permissible items such as keys, wallets, cell phones, credit cards, and cash may be carried in a pocket or by hand.  Prohibited items include weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes, outside food and drinks, laser pointers, non-service animals, and other items deemed inappropriate by the school administration. 

 

The increased measures have been implemented based on a review of current procedures regarding the clear bag and scanning procedures introduced during the 2022 football season.  The procedures assist school staff members and on-site law enforcement officers in identifying prohibited items and reducing the likelihood of contraband being on a school campus.

 

For more information, please contact the Department of Safety and Security at 301-475-5511, ext. 32238.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of November 21 – November 27, 2022, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 1,417 calls for service throughout the community.

 

Burglary: 22-69018

On November 26, 2022, Deputy Lee responded to the 3500 block of Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown, for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 8:19 p.m., an unknown suspect (s) entered the residence through a rear sliding glass door and stole several pieces of jewelry from the master bedroom including a 20-karat gold bangle with a scallop design valued at $700.00, and a gold necklace with a pendant bearing 3 diamonds valued at $400.00. The suspect (s) fled the home in an unknown direction. The total value of the stolen property is unknown at this time.

 

Damaged Property: 22-68514

On November 24, 2022, Deputy Dymond responded to the 1700 block of Orwell Court in Prince Frederick, for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 23 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 24, unknown suspect (s) shot the victim’s front passenger window out with a BB gun. The estimated value of the damaged property is $300.00.

 

Theft: 22-67813

On November 21, 2022, Deputy Ashley responded to the 6200 block of Parker’s Wharf Road in St. Leonard, for the report of a burglary that had already occurred. The complainant advised sometime between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, the victim’s garage was burglarized and a Ravin Crossbow ($1800), 6 Ravin Crossbow arrows ($100), and a pack containing 3 Rage Crossbow broad heads ($40) were stolen from a truck inside the garage of the residence. The total value of the stolen items was $1940.00.

 

Theft: 22-68886

On Nov. 26, 2022, Deputy Novick responded to the 2100 block of Timeless Drive in St. Leonard, for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed two unknown suspects removed two dirt bikes: a 2023 Honda CRF-450R (valued at $9,599.00) and a 2022 Honda CRF-250 (valued at $5,500.00) from the bed of a pickup truck parked in the driveway of the residence.  Anyone with information in regard to the theft or the identity of the theft suspects, is asked to please contact Deputy C. Novick at (301) 641-2933.

 

Theft: 22-68140

On November 22, 2022, Deputy Shoemaker responded to the 100 block of Hospital Road in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect (s) stole the victim’s purse containing approximately $50 worth of gift cards, $50 US currency, 5 credit cards, and one bank card. The estimated value of the stolen property is unknown at this time.

 

Theft: 22-68312

On November 23, 2022, M/DFC Aurich responded to the 9200 block of Baker Street in Owings for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 9 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 23, an unknown suspect (s) stole the front registration plate from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50.00.

 

ARRESTS

On November 25, 2022, Deputy J. Smith received a report of a theft at the Giant located at 11740 Rousby Hall Road in Lusby. Investigation revealed store employees observed a subject wearing a blue hooded jacket, jeans, and a backpack fill a shopping cart with paper towels, paper plates, and other assorted items and flee the store. Deputy Smith made contact with a suspect matching the description identified as Ted William Taylor, Jr., 33 of Prince Frederick. A search of Taylor’s person incident to arrest revealed a glass pipe with suspected crack cocaine residue. Taylor was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft: $100 to Under $1500, CDS: Possession- Not Cannabis, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.

 

On November 21, 2022, Deputy Hendrickson initiated a traffic stop in the 12000 block of Rousby Hall Road in Lusby, for a traffic violation. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 2 ½ Xanax bars, a syringe containing heroin residue, and 2 bags containing crack cocaine. The driver, Chelsea Lee Hoofnagle, 36 of Lusby, was placed into custody and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center (CCDC). A search of Hoofnagle’s person upon entering the CCDC revealed a second syringe and two additional bags containing a heroin-fentanyl mix. Hoofnagle was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession- Not Cannabis, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement.

 

On November 24, 2022, DFC Anderson conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle SB Rt. 4 in the area of the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons, for an equipment violation. Upon making contact with the occupants, a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. Investigation revealed the passenger, Caitlin Ann Mossbarger, 33 of no fixed address, was wanted on two open warrants. A search of Mossbarger’s person incident to arrest revealed a broken glass pipe containing suspected crack cocaine residue. Mossbarger was placed into custody and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Cannabis and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.

 

On November 21, 2022, DFC Wilder initiated a traffic stop with lights and sirens activated on a vehicle SB Rt. 4 in the area of the Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby, for an equipment violation. As Deputy Wilder approached the vehicle to make contact with driver, the driver quickly accelerated and drove away. Deputy Wilder began a pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued north on Rt. 4 traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The driver was observed passing vehicles on the shoulder nearly striking MDOT crews and cones. Upon approach to the intersection at Calvert Beach Road, the driver identified as Rezonne Rylander Duncan, 32 of Capitol Heights, began to slow down as if he was preparing to stop, but quickly accelerated and the erratic driving continued. As Duncan approached the median to Calvert Beach Road, he ended up on the grassy shoulder striking the guardrail causing the vehicle to come to a rest. Duncan was apprehended and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Eluding, and other traffic-related charges.


Safe Nights Program to Open Dec. 11, 2022; Registration Now Available

Calvert County’s annual Safe Nights program providing winter shelter for people without housing will run Dec. 11, 2022, through Feb. 26, 2023.

Safe Nights provides winter protection for Calvert County’s homeless population by offering shelter in a clean and safe environment. Host shelters will provide a warm bed, breakfast, a bagged lunch and dinner. Shelter hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week.

To qualify, individuals must:

·         Be without a fixed residence

·         Show identification

·         Show proof of Calvert County residency

·         Be ambulatory and capable of self-care

·         Be older than 18, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

·         Pass a background check

·         Sign the guest shelter agreement and agree to abide by its provisions

A one-time in-person registration is required each season. Walk-ins will not be accepted. For questions regarding specific criteria or for more guidance, contact Safe Nights of Calvert County at 443-486-8670.

Safe Nights is working with the Calvert County Health Department to safely operate with precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Program volunteers will provide instructions throughout program registration and participation.

Those in need of shelter before Safe Nights opens can receive assistance by contacting the Department of Social Services at 443-550-6900; the Department of Public Safety at 410-535-1600, option 6, during regular business hours; or the Calvert County Emergency Communications non-emergency line at 410-535-3491 after hours.

Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


Nov. 29 Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Department of Emergency Services; Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism; Economic Development Department; Department of Community Services; and Department of Planning and Growth Management provided the Board of County Commissioners with an update on Goal 5: Quality of Life of the Commissioners' Goals and Objectives. Highlights include the Next Generation 9-1-1 transition, Mobile Integrated Healthcare, opioid response, park planning, recreation programming, parks and amenities, stadium and events, welcome center, agritourism, and affordable workforce and housing updates.

 

Open Session Briefings

  • Associate County Attorney II Danielle Mitchell provided a presentation on Bill 2022-14 Weapons and Firearms Prohibited on County-Owned Property. County Commissioners approved introducing the bill and set a public hearing for Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in hybrid format.
  • Department of Planning and Growth Management provided a presentation on the 2022 Local Legislative Proposals, Findings and Recommendations. Staff will begin discussions with stakeholders to gather additional input. 

 

Approval Items

County Commissioners approved:

 

Public Hearing

County Commissioners held a public hearing on the Resolution 2022-23 Proposed Issuance of Bonds by the Tenth District Volunteer Department, Inc. County Commissioners approved the resolution.

 

Viewing option of meetings: Click Here

 

Next Commissioners Session: Dec. 13 and 14, 2022

 

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


St. Mary's County Non-Profit FY2024 Funding Opportunities

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Finance has announced the opening of the funding utility for St. Mary’s County Non-Profit entities for the FY2024 Budget year, as awarded by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County.

The notice of Funding Availability can be found at www.stmaryscountymd.gov/finance/non-profit. Please read the notice completely and follow the links. The application process is entirely electronic and must be submitted online. The required online fillable forms include Contact Information Form, Revenue & Expenditures, Summary of Changes, Project Budget Summary and Selected Statistics. Additionally, you are required to upload an Executive Summary to include a one-page narrative that conveys your program’s intent to address the category objectives in the anticipated funding year and how your program will accomplish the goals through measurable results. Finally, upload the latest signed Audited Financial Statements (if required to complete an audit) and the most recent filing of IRS Form 990.

The Department of Finance will be holding a one-hour training class on how to navigate through the online application process. This class will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at 3 p.m. Please contact Michelle Rance at 301-475-4200 ext. 1203 or email nonprofithelp@stmaryscountymd.gov to sign-up for the class.

The application is for those agencies with a non-profit status only. The deadline for submission is Jan. 13, 2023. No late submissions will be allowed. Final adoption of the FY2024 Budget is anticipated to be in May 2023.

Agencies are urged to not delay beginning the application process as it is new for some. The system will allow you to save and go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Questions should be emailed to nonprofithelp@stmarysmd.gov.


WARM Seeking Volunteer Drivers

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services is seeking additional volunteer drivers for Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many (WARM), a winter emergency shelter program for homeless individuals in St. Mary's County.

If you have ever wondered how you can make a difference regarding homeless individuals in our county, this is an opportunity. The Department of Aging & Human Services coordinates transportation for the WARM program, including recruiting and scheduling volunteer drivers. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license. Volunteers will be given access to a county-owned van. Volunteer slots are open seven days per week while WARM is operational.

Volunteer drivers are divided into an evening and a morning shift. Evening drivers pick up WARM guests at the Church of Ascension at 5:30 p.m. for transportation to the selected host site for the evening. Morning drivers arrive at the host site by 7 a.m. the next morning to transport guests back to the Church of Ascension.

The WARM program is a partnership between the faith community, local human service agencies and citizens to provide safe shelter and hot meals to homeless citizens during the coldest months of the year. The first WARM season took place in October 2009 and has become very successful with over 50 churches currently working together to provide food and shelter. WARM operates in close partnership with St. Mary's County Government including: the Department of Aging & Human Services, the Department of Public Works & Transportation, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, Pyramid Walden, Three Oaks Center, and MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. This year's WARM season began Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, and will end Monday, Mar. 27, 2023.

To volunteer, contact Ursula Harris at 301-475-4200, ext. 1658, or at Ursula.Harris@stmaryscountymd.gov.


Cardin: Congress Had to Ensure that Marriage Equality is Respected at the National Level

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved 61-36 the Respect for Marriage Act that codifies marriage equality for same-sex couples, repeals the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 and guarantees that legal marriages performed in one state are given full faith and credit by every other state. Senator Cardin is an original cosponsor of S. 4556, the companion legislation to H.R. 8404, which was approved by the House of Representatives in July and passed the Senate today.

 

“In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States Obergefell v. Hodges decision affirmed equality as an American value that should not be denied or taken away from anyone. Today, the United States Senate came together on a bipartisan basis to reaffirm that the right of loving, same-sex couples to marry should be upheld and not taken away. Based on the writings of Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, and the recent, precedent-breaking actions of the conservative majority on the court, the threat to marriage equality was very real. I am proud that Maryland has state-level protections in place to preserve the sanctity of same-sex marriage, but Congress had to ensure that such fundamental rights are respected at the national level. Together, the Supreme Court and the federal government, as a whole, must focus on expanding the rights of Americans and not revoking them. As a nation, we must stand united and firm in the face of injustice and continue to proclaim that love is, has been, and always will be, love.”

 


Healthy St. Mary's Partnership Releases 2022 Food Security Report

The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2022 Food Security Report for St. Mary’s County, now available to view online at healthystmarys.com/foodsecurity.

Food security is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is associated with numerous adverse social and health outcomes. Key drivers of food insecurity include unemployment, poverty, and income shocks, which can prevent adequate access to food.

The Food Security Report uses local data and community and stakeholder input to provide valuable information about food security in St. Mary’s County. The report also includes insight into long-term health solutions and presents strategies to address food security locally. 

"Many of our community partners, including food pantries, farmers, and local businesses have worked tirelessly to improve reliable access to safe and nutritious food for our residents," said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary's County Health Officer and HSMP Co-Chair. "The information and suggested strategies in this report will help our community support this effort so that all St. Mary’s children and adults will have food security."


November 29 St. Mary's Commissioner Meeting Rollup

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, with the invocation and pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda.

 

The Commissioners began by recognizing Sheriff Tim Cameron’s upcoming retirement.

 

The Commissioners then approved the Department of Public Works & Transportation’s 2023-2032 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management and Recycling Plan.

 

The Commissioners approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Friends Research Institute, on behalf of the Detention and Rehabilitation Center, for participation in a study and the related budget amendment to increase project revenue.

 

The Commissioners approved the Day Reporting Grant MOA between St. Mary's County Health Department and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Detention and Rehabilitation Center and establish two grant-funded positions as part of the agreement.

 

The Commissioners approved the Department of Recreation & Parks’ request for an extension of the Temporary Access Agreement, allowing the St. Mary's Metropolitan Commission access to the Great Mills Property.

 

The Commissioners gave approval to the Department of Information Technology’s County Letter of Partnership for the Proposed Funding Service Area submissions being prepared by Verizon FIOS for submission to the Office of Statewide Broadband Connect Maryland: FY2023 Network Infrastructure Grant Program.

 

The Commissioners then heard an update from the Department of Emergency Services on EMS staffing and billing.

 

The Commissioners approved the Department of Public Work’s & Transportation’s proposal to accept Tallwood Road, Leyland Street, Sawara Court, and Monterey Street into the St. Mary's County Highway Maintenance System; and to adopt an ordinance setting a maximum speed and establishing stop intersections for those roads of Leyland Park of Wildewood.

 

The Commissioners heard the Department of Public Works & Transportation’s update on the Emergency Services Inclement Weather and the Snow & Ice Control Operational Plan.

 

The Commissioners approved the Department of Finance’s budgetary amendment to decrease salary and fringe accounts and increase the Commissioner’s Emergency Reserve.

 

The Commissioners approved the Department of Finance’s Budget Amendments decreasing the FIN23 Capital Reserve by $2,015,000 and increasing projects - Regional Meat Processing/Regional Agricultural Center (RAC), Adult Detention Rehabilitation Center, Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Clements Convenience Center, and Airport Improvements.

 

The Commissioners presented commendations to Commissioner Morgan and Commissioner O’Connor for their terms of service as County Commissioners.

 

The next Commissioner business meeting will be in the Chesapeake Building at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.


Calvert County Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at noon.

The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Citizens are encouraged to relay this information to friends, family and neighbors.

The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of the following radio stations for official information and instructions:

·         WKIK FM 102.9 MHz - California

·         WKIK AM 1560 kHz - La Plata

·         WPRS FM 104.1 MHz - La Plata

·         WTOP FM 103.5 MHz - Frederick and DC

·         WMDM FM 97.7 MHz - Lexington Park

·         WPTX AM 1690 kHz - Lexington Park

·         WSMD FM 98.3 MHz - Mechanicsville

·         WRAR FM 105.5 MHz - Tappahannock

·         WNNT FM 107.5 MHz - Warsaw

·         WCEI FM 96.7 MHz - Easton

·         WKHZ AM 1460 kHz - Easton

·         WGOP AM 540 kHz - Pocomoke

·         WCEM FM 106.3 MHz - Cambridge

·         WCEM AM 1240 kHz - Cambridge

Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/AlertNotificationSystem to learn more about the Calvert County siren alert system and to find other emergency planning and mitigation information from the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division.

Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


Charles County Leaders Take Oath of Office on Dec. 6

The Charles County Oath of Office Ceremony for Charles County’s elected officials is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Charles County Government Building, Commissioners’ Meeting Room (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).

The following elected officials will be sworn in at the ceremony: Lisa E. Yates, Clerk of the Circuit Court; Monise A. Brown, Judge of the Circuit Court; Judge of the Orphans’ Court; Darlene M. Breck, Judge of the Orphans’ Court; Peter F. Murphy, Judge of the Orphans’ Court; Russell Yates, Judge of the Orphans’ Court; Loraine D. Hennessy, Register of Wills; Troy D. Berry, Sheriff; Gilbert “BJ” Bowling, lll, Commissioner (District 1); Thomasina O. Coates, Commissioner (District 2); Amanda M. Stewart, Commissioner (District 3); Ralph E. Patterson, II, Commissioner (District 4); and Reuben C. Collins, II, Commissioner President.

The Honorable H. James West, Judge of the Circuit Court will administer the Oath of Office to the Clerk of the Circuit Court Lisa E. Yates.  Yates will administer the Oath of Office to the remaining Charles County elected officials.

 

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office will present colors, the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Lyric Springs, and the National Anthem will be performed by Brach Cobb. Other participants in the event include Reverend William A. Coates, Mr. Mohammad Zahid Aslam, Pastor William Buck, and Reverend Katherine Heichler.

The Oath of Office Ceremony will air live on Charles County Government Television (CCGTV) which broadcasts on Comcast 95 (SD), Verizon FIOS 10, Roku or Apple TV streaming devices (Charles County Government), and the web at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. The airing of this ceremony will be available for later viewing. The ceremony is open to the public with limited seating.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols will be followed.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Juvenile Charge in Connection with Assault

Juvenile Charged in Connection with Assault: On November 28 at 8:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to the area of Jameson Court in Indian Head for the report of a juvenile male who was armed with a gun and chasing another juvenile. When officers arrived, they located the suspect standing near a shed in the backyard of a house. The suspect was taken into custody and a firearm – which was discovered to be a pellet gun – was recovered. After consulting with the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office, the juvenile was charged on a juvenile offense report with second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon; he was released to his mother. At this time, it is not known why the suspect threatened the victim and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Edwards at 301-609-3283 ext. 0730.  


Regional Transportation Planning Board Seeks Community Advisory Board Members

Deadline to apply is Dec. 5

The Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board is seeking residents interested in regional transportation issues to apply to the 2023-2024 Community Advisory Committee (CAC). On the committee, members will provide input to decision-makers and promote public involvement in the planning process for the metropolitan Washington region. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 5. To apply, visit www.mwcog.org/cac.

“Investing in transportation is important in driving economic opportunity throughout our county, and transportation planning is a key part of the process. As Charles County continues to grow, it is important to ensure our County is represented on regional groups such as this one and we have a voice in transportation discussions,” said Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq.

The Transportation Board includes elected local officials, representatives from transportation agencies, and other key officials. The CAC is 24 appointed members. There are 15 members selected from the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia; and nine members appointed to represent the Transportation Planning Board member jurisdictions.

The mission of the Transportation Planning Board CAC is:

•  to promote public involvement in transportation planning for the region,

•  to advance equitable representation in regional transportation planning, and

•  to provide independent, region-oriented citizen advice to the TPB on transportation plans and issues.

The CAC meetings are held once a month with either a completely virtual or hybrid option. In-person meetings are held at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (777 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20002). The CAC meetings have been held in the evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., but they are considering lunchtime meetings for the coming term.

For more information about the CAC, visit www.mwcog.org/cac or contact John Swanson at 202-962-3295 or jswanson@mwcog.org.


Charles County Government December Holiday Schedule

Charles County Government December Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to operating schedules for the month of December: 

 

Friday, Dec. 9

  • The Charles County Treasury Office (Waldorf and LaPlata branches) will close at 12:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 14

  • The Charles County Landfill, all Recycling Centers, and the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility will close at 11 a.m.

 

Friday, Dec. 16

  • The Department of Planning and Growth Management will close at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Nanjemoy Community Center and all senior centers will close at noon.
  • The Department of Community Services will not schedule appointments or accept walk-ins after 12 p.m.

 

Friday, Dec. 23

  • All Charles County Government offices and the Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville are closed.
  • All indoor pools, senior centers and all school-based community centers are closed.
  • Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center is open for scheduled recreational activities and programs.

 

Saturday, Dec. 24

  • The Charles County Landfill, all Recycling Centers, and the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility are closed.
  • The Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville is closed.
  • All indoor pools, Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.
  • Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, and the Port Tobacco Recreation Center are closed.
  • VanGO last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Berry Road, Brandywine Connector, Pinefield, Indian Head, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, St. Charles C.  Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Business A, Business B, Charlotte Hall.  Last departure from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. for St. Charles D.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 5:30 for Bryans Road, La Plata and Nanjemoy.  Last departure from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg will be at 4:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

  • The Crain Memorial Welcome Center is closed.
  • All Indoor Pools, White Plains Gold Course, and White Plains Skatepark are closed.

 

Monday, Dec. 26

  • All Charles County Government offices and the Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville are closed.
  • All indoor pools, Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.
  • Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center is open for scheduled recreational activities and programs.

Friday, Dec. 30

  • All Charles County Government offices and the Charles County Animal Care Center in Hughesville are closed.
  • All senior centers and all school-based community centers are closed.
  • Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center is open for scheduled recreational activities and programs.

 

Saturday, Dec. 31

  • The Charles County Landfill, all Recycling Centers, and the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility are closed.
  • Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, and the Port Tobacco Recreation Center are closed.
  • All indoor pools, and all school-based community centers are closed.
  • VanGO last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Berry Road, Brandywine Connector, Pinefield, Indian Head, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, St. Charles C.  Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Business A, Business B, Charlotte Hall.  Last departure from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. for St. Charles D.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 5:30 for Bryans Road, La Plata and Nanjemoy.  Last departure from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg will be at 4:30 p.m.

 

Operating status for other County affiliated agencies:

 

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


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