News Release, Charles County Public Information Office

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Charles County Board ofCommissioners received an update from the Broadband Task Force. Representatives from SMECO and the Charles County Board of Education have been added to the task force to help address issues related to student internet access and future fiber installation in SMECO’s right-of-way.

Staff provided an overview of survey feedback received as they continue to evaluate areas of the county that do not have broadband access. County staff is working with a consultant to gather information from stakeholders about broadband needs, constraints to accessing, and availability of resources and assets to expand broadband.

View the full presentation inBoardDocs.

Commissioners reviewed the legislative issues that were not resolved during theSep. 24, 2019 meetingand took action on whichproposalsto include in the state legislative package. Commissioners also discussed individual Commissioner initiatives and how to coordinate staffing needs to support them.

Under new business, they discussed bringing back the Property Standards Task Force to review housing policy.

Approval Items:

Commissioners approved the following requests:

  • Acontingency transfer requestof $452,000 from the contingency reserve to reinstate funding to the Charles County Board of Education’s Operating Budget. Funding was reduced by this amount in June until the legal issue of the Fresh Start Program was resolved.The Board of Education provided alettersummarizing how it addressedlegal issuesthat were raised regarding the program’s compliance with state law.
  • Achange orderin the amount of $451,436.50 to provide the necessary equipment to drill and construct a test well in the Patuxent aquifer at the St. Paul’s Well site.
  • Achange orderin the amount of $451,436.50 to provide the necessary equipment to drill and construct a test well in the Patuxent aquifer at the St. Charles Well No. 16 site.
  • Acontingency transfer requestof $465,000 to drill a test well to ensure water quality from the Patuxent aquifer.
  • Acontingency transfer requestof $6,100 to install fiber that will provide a redundant fiber link from Mattawoman to the County Administration building.

Recognitions:

Appointments:

Susan Lohman, Yolanda Hipski and Theodora Carr were appointed to the Area Council on Aging.


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