Summary of St. Mary’s County Commissioner’s Meeting – August 23, 2022 – Southern Maryland News Net

The St. Mary’s County Commissioners held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, with the Summons and Pledge, followed by Consent Agenda Approval.

The Commissioners then presented a Proclamation in honour of women’s equality day and congratulations to the locals Special Olympics 2022 in USA attendees. The photos of the presentations made can be viewed on the St. Mary’s County Government Flickr page.

Commissioners adopted a Proposed text change speak Department of Land Use and Growth Management Amending Code Chapter 285 of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. adding several new types of industrial uses for medical cannabis producers and processors, and the commercial class for dispensaries.

The Commissioners held a public hearing to County Attorney’s Office consider the amendment to Ch. 267 of the St. Mary’s County Code, Maryland. The amendment will provide an exemption from St. Mary’s County transfer tax. Additional public comments on this topic will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

Commissioners ordered the Department of Finance to allocate $85,000 to the St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District instead of a request for a fee increase.

The Economic Development Department applied for and received approval at reallocating $25,000 of pre-approved funding to hire an on-site contract worker to help run The Barns at New Market.

The commissioners accepted a request from the Information Technology Department enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Education to connect 21 public school student addresses to the Internet with a $334,000 grant from the Maryland Emergency Education Relief Fund.

The Recreation and Parks Department made requests to receive the Child Care Stabilization Fund Grant of $38,915 and a Governor’s Child Care Stabilization Grant Program Third round grant of $35,000 from the Maryland State Department of Education. Commissioners approved the applications and the funding will go to school-age child care programs operating at Hollywood Recreation Center, Evergreen Elementary, Duke Elementary, Lettie Dent Elementary and Chesapeake Public Charter School.

Commissioners also approved the Open Space Development Program and Capital Renewal Application and Project Agreement for the John Baggett Park Playground replacement for $300,000 and the Program’s Open Space Planning Grant Application and Project Agreement in the amount of $25,000 for the development of the Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan of 2027.

The Department of Public Works and Transport received approval for an application to acquire two easements in support of Phase 4 of Buck Hewitt Road project, including improving curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

A budget modification of $140,000 provide additional funding for necessary upgrades to the Clements Convenience Center was approved by the commissioners.

Budget changes of $335,000 to decrease the Installation of the sheriff’s headquarters project and augment the District 1 Sheriff’s Office project have been approved. The funding realignment will cover the costs of upgrading the force protection in the District 1 building.

The commissioners approved a lease with Bird Dog Bistro for offer a catering service in St. Mary’s County Regional Airport Terminal.

Commissioners voted to allocate $3,500,000 from US Bailout Act to fund continued broadband expansion in St. Mary’s County.

The Commissioner’s next business meeting will be held in the Chesapeake Building at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The Commissioner’s decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website at Board Docs. Commissioners’ meetings can be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or rebroadcast Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on St. Mary’s County. Government YouTube channel.

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