By: St. Mary’s County Commissioner Eric Colvin

August 27, 2019, Commissioner Update:

Today our meeting began at 1:00 pm in the afternoon (which very much interferes with my nap time). We started off with proclamations for Child Support Awareness Month and Women’s Equality Day (which was actually yesterday, August 26th, the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment ensuring women have the right to vote).

We then approved a request for a public hearing for a proposed Critical Area Ordinance Amendment for non-adjacent growth allocation—the hearing will be in our morning meeting on Tuesday, September 10th.

After that we approved an Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification for FY2019 for the Sheriff’s Office–this is a DoJ requirement in order to make use of federally forfeited property, which is typically used by our Sheriff’s department for training and equipment for the war on drugs.

We then approved the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention Police Recruitment and Retention Grant Application for FY2020 for $25,111 with no required county match. We also approved the Strategic Plan to End Homelessness in St. Mary’s County.

The next item was approval of the Program Open Space Development Application and Project Agreement–this will utilize $1,440,000 of state funding for projects at Chaptico Park, Dorsey Park, and the Lexington Manor Passive Park. Our last item of business was the approval of the Sustainable Communities Designation Renewal Application for Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park.

We then entered into Executive Closed Session to discuss Personnel, Real Property, and Litigation issues.

We will reconvene tonight at 6 pm for a Public Hearing on the Proposed Lexington Park Development District Zoning Maps and Zoning Ordinance Amendments, including the Airport Environs Overlay Zone Subdistricts–all are welcome to come and speak!

We will not be meeting next week–have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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