At the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Board of Commissioners received a staff report from Economic Development regarding the results of a workforce study. The Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University conducted the study and presented the results. They reviewed data and surveyed residents to determine where they travel for work. Approximately 64 percent of residents commute to jobs outside the county, primarily to Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s County. Increased compensation and more employment opportunities were cited as the most important reasons why residents work outside Charles County. An analysis of trends from the report indicated that county residents are a skilled workforce that serve as an asset to targeted industries that the county is seeking to attract.
Open Session Briefings
Commissioners received updates on the status of the FY18 Charles County Government Pension Plan and the FY18 Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan. Both plans are in good fiscal health.
Commissioners also received a briefing on the General Fund results for June 30, 2018. The General Fund is estimated to end the year with a $14.9 million net gain due to revenues exceeding budget and expenditure savings. Figures are unaudited at this time.
Commissioners discussed and reached consensus on a scholarship for students enrolled in a Retail, Hospitality, and Culinary training program that is being considered by the College of Southern Maryland. The program would be located in the Bryans Road shopping center in the space formerly occupied by Safeway.
The Commissioners approved the following item:
- A $75,820 budget amendment increase for Planning and Growth Management to purchase additional licenses and maintenance of EnerGov online permitting software.
Action on Boards, Committees, and Commissions
Commissioners made the following appointments:
- Carlos Frederic Childs, and Kumiah Harrison as citizen members to the Area Council on Aging.
- Jennifer Lynn Clancy, Evelyn M. Gwynn, Patricia J. Stine, and reappointments of Sarita Spencer and Sandra Swinson, as citizen members to the Commission for Women.
- William Johnson as a citizen member to the Commission for Veteran Affairs, and Neil Johnson as Chair to the Commission for Veteran Affairs.
- Commissioners presented a proclamation designating Saturday, Oct. 6 as Rocktoberfest and recognizing the event’s 10th anniversary. The musical celebration features performances from local musicians representing a variety of musical genres. View proclamation photo in Flickr.
- Commissioners presented a proclamation designating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 13th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fitness Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indian Head Village Green. View proclamation photo in Flickr.
- Commissioners recognized Media Services employee Tyler Lambert and Planning and Growth Management employee Erica Hahn for the Telly award-winning commercial featuring Max the Dog. The commercial encourages the public to clean up after their pets, and to maintain clean water in the Chesapeake Bay. Telly award winners are selected for excellence in video production from hundreds of applications that are submitted nationwide. View photo in Flickr.
- Commissioners recognized county employees who achieved milestones in years of service and welcomed new employees to County Government.
Public hearings were held to receive comments on the Watershed Conservation District Text and the Amendment for Surface Mining and Consolidated Self Storage in the CRR and CV zones.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.
Upcoming Public Hearings
Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.
- 2018 Bond Resolution
- Legislation to ban plastic straws and stirrers at Charles county businesses and restaurants
- Septic riser visibility requirement for new home construction in Charles County
Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m.
- Zoning text amendment to change setback and two-story requirement in the core employment residential zone
- Amendments to the Indian Head Science and Technology Park Conservation Easement
- Amendments to Adequate Public Facilities Manual
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.