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News Release, Charles County Public Information Office

On Tuesday, June 4, theBoard of Commissioners received a briefing on theproposed cable franchise agreement with Comcast. The agreement would extend coverage to areas of Newburg and Maxwell Hall, and to areas where there is an average of 15 potential customers per mile who agree to subscribe to Comcast’s service. It provides continued use of the Institutional Network, which connects 90 county, school, and public library facilities. It also ensures the availability of four county public, education, and governmental access channels. Following the presentation, Commissioners held a public hearing to receive comments on the proposal. The agreement is scheduled for final approval on Tuesday, June 18. If approved, the agreement would become effective on July 1, 2019 for a fixed term of 10 years.

Open Session Briefings

  • Planning and Growth Management staff briefed Commissioners on the status of theGovernor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge project. The new bridge is designed to have four travel lanes, two in each direction, to improve traffic flow. The Maryland Transportation Authority has put the design/build portion of the project out for bid, with an invitation to include alternate pricing for a bridge that includes wider shoulders and a bike lane. Commissioners directed staff to draft a letter supporting a bridge design with four lanes and retain the planned bicycle/pedestrian lane within the design. Selection of a bidder is anticipated by the end of 2019, with construction expected to begin early next year. The new bridge is projected for completion in 2023.
  • Commissioners received abriefingfrom the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland on the JobSource Youth and Young Adult Program. The program assists with career exploration, job training, and employment opportunities for young people, ages 16-24, who are out of school, or are graduating high school seniors at risk of becoming disconnected youth. The Tri-County Council partners with local employers to provide work experiences for young people who are participating in the program.
  • Planning and Growth Management staff briefed Commissioners onoptions for creating a public transit hubat the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in Hughesville, that would help provide a connection between St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles County. To ensure transit access is available, staff proposed an extension of Foster Lane and other modifications that provide access to Maryland Route 5 and Maryland Route 231. Commissioners directed staff to draft a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation requesting that they initiate a preliminary engineering study to assess the feasibility of providing a second point of access to the CSM-Hughesville campus.

Approval Items

Commissioners approved the following items:

  • Afiscal 2020 budget amendment increasein the amount of $81,129 for a new court researcher position.
  • Aletter of intentto assure the Maryland Higher Education Commission that the county intends to provide the local share of funds for the construction of the College of Southern Maryland, Center for Health Sciences.
  • Thefiscal year 2020 pay scalefor sworn personnel of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Appointments

Commissioners appointed Matthew Darden, Jr. as the District 3 representative to the Board of License Commissioners and Charles Harding, Jr. to the Commission for Veteran Affairs.

Recognitions

  • Commissioners presented aproclamationrecognizing the 244thBirthday of the United States Army. Representatives from the Commission for Veteran Affairs and employees who served in the Army expressed their appreciation for the proclamation. View photo inFlickr.
  • Commissioners presented aproclamationto recognize the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Sergeant Augustus “Gus” Proctor, coordinator of the event, received the proclamation and encouraged the community to participate and support the event, scheduled on Thursday, June 6. View photo inFlickr.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...