News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Notice of Board of Appeals Public Hearing

Leonardtown, MD– The St. Mary’s County Board of Appeals will hold a Public Hearing Dec. 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room inthe Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Maryland.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Board of Appeals to hear the following cases: VAAP 18-1958, Chesser: Variance from Section 71.8.3 of the St. Mary’s County Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) for land disturbance in the Expanded Critical Area Buffer to construct a porch with stairs and add stairs to an existing porch.  The property is located at 46006 O’Connors Lane, Piney Point, MD 20674 as shown on Tax Map 69, Grid 2, Parcel 37 in the Rural Preservation District (RPD), Limited Development Area (LDA) Overlay.

VAAP 15-132-015, Penrod Automotive Service: Variance from Schedule 63.3.b of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to waive the required 65-foot Type B front and rear buffer yard and to reduce the planting requirements for the 30-foot Type C side buffer yard. The property is located at 45190 Happyland Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692 as shown on Tax Map 57, Grid 17, Parcel 20, in the Rural Commercial Limited (RCL), Rural Preservation District (RPD).

The Board of Appeals’ regular meetings takes place on the second Thursday of each month.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Chesapeake Building.

Please direct any questions to Stacy Clements, Environmental Planner, Land Use and Growth Management at 301-475-4200 x 71528 or

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Amendment 2019-1 to the Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan

Leonardtown, MD –NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing Dec. 10, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland, to consider Amendment 2019-1 to the Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan. Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing.

Note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearing, amendments may be made to the proposed 2019-1 Amendment.

Written comments, questions and suggestions may be submitted on or before Dec. 19, 2019, to: Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Copies of the proposed 2019-1 Amendment are available in the Department of Human Resources, Potomac Building, 3rd floor, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650, or it may be viewed

Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities should be requested by contacting the St. Mary’s County Public Information Officer at (301) 475-4200, 71342.


By:    Catherine Pratson, Director of Human Resources

St. Clement’s Shores Water System Replacement Project

Notice of Public Meeting

In accordance with Section 113-5 of the Code of St. Mary’s County, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) will hold a Public Meeting to notify and inform the community regarding the proposedSt. Clements Shores Water System Replacement Phase 2 Project No.: 2151WL.This project is MetCom’s second phase of the St. Clements Shores’ waterline replacement efforts that include systemsnorthof and including Lady Baltimore Avenue (from Big Pine Trail to Saint Clements Avenue), Archer Street, Big Pine Trail, Cecil Avenue, Cedar Street, Colton Street, Fido Road, Gore Street, Lee Street, Leonard Street, Long Leaf Lane, Osprey Place, Rocky Point Farm Lane, Saint Clements Avenue and Saint Mary’s Street. The water system within the St. Clements Shores subdivision was originally constructed in the 1950s and requires replacement.

The project will include the replacement of approximately 10,400 linear feet of water line with a new water system comprised of 12-inch, 8-inch, 6-inch, and 4-inch water lines. Increased depth of pipe burial, ample isolation valves, 17 fire hydrants, appurtenances, and associated restoration are also included in the design to provide a more reliable system. Project construction is anticipated to start approximately spring 2020. The estimated total cost for Phase 2 of this water system replacement is $3,687,434.

The Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m. in the Main Conference Room of MetCom’s Administrative Office – 23121 Camden Way, California, MD 20619.The proposed contract documents, including plans and specifications, can be inspected at the time of the meeting or at MetCom’s Engineering Department, office location noted above, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Meeting to ask questions or present their comments and suggestions regarding this project. Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301-737-7400 Ext. 301 for more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit questions or provide comments.     

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

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