Oct. 1 Commissioners Meeting Update

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 4:25pm

Oct. 1 Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Charles County Board of Commissioners received an update from the Broadband Task Force. Representatives from SMECO and the Charles County Board of Education have been added to the task force to help address issues related to student internet access and future fiber installation in SMECO’s right-of-way. Staff provided an overview of survey feedback received as they continue to evaluate areas of the county that do not have broadband access. County staff are working with a consultant to gather information from stakeholders about broadband needs, constraints to access, and availability of resources and assets to expand broadband. View the full presentation in BoardDocs.

Commissioners reviewed the legislative issues that were not resolved during the Sep. 24, 2019 meeting and took action on which proposals to include in the state legislative package. Commissioners also discussed individual Commissioner initiatives and how to coordinate staffing needs to support them. Under new business, they discussed bringing back the Property Standards Task Force to review housing policy.

Approval Items:

Commissioners approved the following requests:

  • A contingency transfer request of $452,000 from the contingency reserve to reinstate funding to the Charles County Board of Education’s Operating Budget. Funding was reduced by this amount in June until the legal issue of the Fresh Start Program was resolved. The Board of Education provided a letter summarizing how it addressed legal issues that were raised regarding the program’s compliance with state law.
  • A change order in the amount of $451,436.50 to provide necessary equipment to drill and construct a test well in the Patuxent aquifer at the St. Paul’s Well site.
  • A change order in the amount of $451,436.50 to provide necessary equipment to drill and construct a test well in the Patuxent aquifer at the St. Charles Well No. 16 site.
  • A contingency transfer request of $465,000 to drill a test well to ensure water quality from the Patuxent aquifer.
  • A contingency transfer request of $6,100 to install fiber that will provide a redundant fiber link from Mattawoman to the County Administration building.



  • Susan Lohman, Yolanda Hipski and Theodora Carr were appointed to the Area Council on Aging.


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.

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