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Our meeting today started at 1 pm due to CalvEx Drill being held in the morning—this drill simulated an emergency at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and it was amazing to be able to see all of the different agency representatives working together to help ensure safety and security (a few pics of the drill are included here for your awareness). Everyone involved did great work!

We began the meeting with me leading the invocation and pledge of allegiance. We approved the consent agenda which includes the minutes of last week, a letter of support for a Housing Authority Community Legacy Program grant application, a letter to Governor Hogan supporting funding the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), and appointment of Joe St. Clair from Alternate Member to Full Member of the Planning Commission. We then presented a proclamation for Constitution Week and a commendation to Wynne Briscoe for her hard work and recognition as the Maryland Small Business Development Center 2019 State Star. Congratulations Wynne! Following that Mr. John Richards provided an overview of and formal invitation to the 2019 St. Mary’s County Fair—make sure you go this weekend! There is always so much to see!

Our county attorney, Mr. David Weiskopf, then presented the 2020 Legislative Proposals that have been proposed for St. Mary’s County. We will have a joint meeting with the state delegation to talk through these different proposals. After that we approved a request for a public hearing for an ordinance to allow private landing strips and helipads in the RCA Critical Area Overlay—the commissioners approved this ordinance earlier this summer and this update will include changes from the Critical Area Commission, mainly adding the term “helipad”—the hearing will be on October 8th in the morning.

Moving into County Administrator time, we approved a grant agreement for $8,250 from the Health Department to the Sheriff’s Office for the Tobacco Enforcement Initiative to Support Synar Compliance—this is a recurring grant.

We then approved the Sex Offender Registration Reimbursement Grant Award for the Sheriff’s Office for $23,200—this grant is based upon the number of sex offenders in the county and does not require a county match. We approved the School Resource Officer/Adequate Coverage Grant Application for the Sheriff’s Office for $198,020—this grant is in conjunction with the School System and will result in two additional officers being hired; the county portion required by this grant is planned to be covered by salary savings within the Sheriff’s Dept budget.

Next, we approved the FY2020 Maryland Department of Transportation Bikeways Program Grant Award for $624,940 for the Three Notch Trail Phase Seven—the timeline for this phase of the trail is design approval this fall, construction start next fall and completion by fall 2021. Phase Seven stretches from Wildewood to Hollywood for a total of 3.33 miles. After that we approved the establishment of the St. Mary’s County Plumbing and Fuel Gas Advisory Board to provide advice and assistance to the Commissioners with respect to plumbing and fuel issues and to review the Plumbing and Fuel Code.

We then approved purchase agreements totaling $30,000 for avigation easements in support of the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport—the county share of this is $1,500, the FAA covers $27,000 and the MAA covers $1,500.

The next item of business was approval of the Title III Older Americans Act grant award for $376,814 from the Maryland Department of Aging—this grant has a county match of $30,342 and supports a wide variety of programs like Congregate Meals, Home-Delivered Meals, Elder Abuse Prevention, and Ombudsman work.

For our last item of business, we approved the sale of bonds for MetCom capital projects of $8,350,000.

We moved into Executive Closed Session to discuss personnel and litigation issues. We finished the day with a brief open session where we approved a contract amendment for the Golf Course Manager and forgave an outstanding June 2018 health premium.

Next week we will start the day off at the new Garvey Center and Leonardtown Library for a “Closing-In Ceremony” at 9 am before we begin our regular meeting-all are welcome to attend! Happy Constitution Day!

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