At the meeting on Tuesday, July 10, county staff presented an assessment for Turkey Hill Road to the Board of Commissioners, based on a review conducted by the Traffic Safety Committee. Staff shared recommendations for improvements to be made, including reconstruction of the road from Route MD 227 to Route US 301, and realignment of a sharp 90-degree bend from south of Skylark Drive to Spalding Drive. These improvements would address causes of major accidents on the road over the past 25 years. Based on the county staff and the committee chairperson’s request, Commissioners authorized the allocation of funds to complete a safety improvement and alignment study. The results of the study will be used to determine the specific roadway improvements, the scope of the formal design, and construction project to follow.
Open Session Briefings
- Chuck Bean, executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), presented the organization’s annual report. MWCOG brings together local government leaders to make connections, share information, and develop solutions to major challenges. Charles County residents benefit from a variety of initiatives sponsored by the organization, including grants and programs that support transportation initiatives, emergency communications and planning, and cooperative procurements for local and state governments throughout the Washington metropolitan region.
- Commissioners received recommendations from the Charles County Compensation Commission regarding salaries for elected Judges of the Orphans’ Court, elected County Commissioners, and four appointed boards, including the Board of Appeals, Board of Electrical Examiners, Board of License Commissioners, and the Planning Commission. The recommendations included small, annual increases to salaries for the elected judges, which were approved by the General Assembly earlier this year. It also included nominal increases for appointed members of the four boards, and a 2 percent increase annually for elected Commissioners. The Commissioners will vote to introduce legislation concerning the recommendations on July 24. View the complete report in BoardDocs.
Commissioners approved the following budget transfer requests:
- $5,540 from the contingency reserve to the Town of Indian Head to pay for repairs to a building currently being rented by Atlantic Kayak.
- $230,000 from Mattawoman Electricity and Sludge Disposal to Mattawoman Maintenance and Operations to pay for equipment repairs necessary to address failure of the main influent pumps at the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant during the weekend of June 9.
- $25,000 transfer from fund balance to the Fire and Rescue Board, for purchase a flat-bottom rescue boat and trailer, to use in water-related rescue operations.
- Commissioners made the following appointments to board and commissions:
- Commission for Veterans Affairs – Christine Zayas, Francine Morgan, Tokosonia Sydnor-Smith, Kabir Tompkins, Olga Roberts, Larraine Blount-Stewart, Travis Rahill, Marilyn Ragin, Laurie Cangelosi, James Buckingham, Robert Henry, Neil Johnson, and Rebecca Ammar.
- Board of Appeals – Marvin Blake reassigned from alternate member to regular member for unexpired term.
Commissioners also approved committee assignments for the 2018 calendar year. View the complete list in BoardDocs.
Commissioners recognized county employees who achieved milestones in years of service and acknowledged all new employees who recently began working for the county. The full list is available in BoardDocs.
Town Hall Meeting
The 2nd Quarter Town Hall meeting was held at 6 p.m., following the adjournment of the regular Board of Commissioners meeting. At the Town Hall meeting, Commissioners receive and respond to questions from those in attendance and discuss items of importance to the residents and the community.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, July 24
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.
About Charles County Government
The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.
It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.