St. Mary’s County Commissioners Meeting Report January 11 | |

LEONARDTOWN, Maryland – St. Mary’s County Commissioners held their first regular business meeting of the New Year in the Chesapeake Building on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

The Commissioners recognized two retirees from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; Harold Young and Michael Gardiner.

County health officer Dr Meenakshi Brewster provided the monthly COVID-19 report to the Board of Health headed by the commissioner. The topics included information on the increase in the number of COVID cases in the county, testing and immunization updates. Commissioners approved $ 250,000 in funding to the Department of Health for the purchase of COVID-19 home test kits to distribute to residents of St. Mary’s County.

The Department of Land Use and Growth Management has received the approval of an ordinance that includes the Alcoholic Beverages Board’s suggestions for modify the global zoning Ordinance on the agricultural production of alcoholic beverages and the production of alcoholic beverages and remove the current uses of the distillery, cellar and agricultural brewery.

The Department of Land Use and Growth Management has also requested two public hearings. the the first hearing is to receive public comments on a proposed modification of the land use map and the zoning map of the comprehensive plan to change the category of the land use map from rural preservation to mixed residential use and the zoning map of rural preservation to mixed residential use for specific listed properties.

the second request for a public hearing is to hear from the community on a proposal to amend the Global Plan land use map and zoning map for the property located at 29871 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, to change the category of the land use map of the overall plan of mixed use at moderate intensity and mixed residential – Moderate use fully mixed use and zoning map of the zoned property ranging from mixed use residential and mixed use from downtown to mixed use entirely from downtown. The Commissioners have approved the requests for a public hearing and official notices of the hearings will be published shortly.

Education Council request to increase number of public schools in St. Mary’s County for tight 2022 fiscal year Fund budget of $ 148,314 to support the implementation of the LEAP grant was approved. LEAP grant funding will provide an expanded academic program at George Washington Carver Elementary School.

A additional scholarship of $ 11,199.16 for the Administrative Office of the Courts was accepted by the Commissioners. The scholarship funding will cover the costs associated with family support services.

The commissioners have granted a request for an incentive to the property tax credit of the Ministry of the Economy Development towards Irony LLC. The incentive, adopted by the commissioners in 2017, allows companies in certain industries that create 10 or more jobs to benefit from a tax credit of up to 10 years.

The Ministry of Aging and Social Services has been approved to receive the remainder of the Community development block COVID-19 Round 2-Emergency Award (CDBG) grant for $ 625,000.

A real estate acquisition request of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport for a parcel of land affected by the construction of phase 3B of boulevard FDR has been approved.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport also received approval of a budget modification request in order to receive a $ 59,000 secretary’s grant transportation from St. Mary’s County Regional Airport.

Authorization was granted for a Memorandum of Understanding between the Commissioners of the County of St. Mary’s, through the Museums Division of the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Friends of the Museums of St. Clements Island and Piney Point, outlining the responsibilities of the support services for the Museums Division.

Commissioners approved a request for a request for Childcare Services Stabilization Fund scholarship, from the State of Maryland Department of Education, for $ 77,090 to support the Department of Recreation and Parks School-Age Care Centers for after-school programs for elementary school students.

The Human Resources Department presented the annual update and proposed changes to the Personnel Policy Manual and procedures and has received the Commissioner’s approval for implementation.

The commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. for their first quarter public forum.
The next business meeting of the Commissioners will be at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, in the Chesapeake Building; there will be no meeting of the commissioners on January 18, 2022. The decisions of the commissioners and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. The Commissioners’ Meetings can be watched live Tuesday mornings on SMCG 95 or replayed Friday evenings at 6:30 pm The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing over St. Mary’s County. Government YouTube Channel.

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