Commissioner Eric Colvin via Facebook
January 14, 2020 Commissioner Update:
We began today’s meeting with the approval of the consent agenda and minutes from last week and then presented a proclamation to the Pax River Raiders Football Team—they won the “Superbowl” to be the Maryland State Champions for the 7U Division 1! Congratulations on seeing all your hard work paid off!
Our regular business began with a State of the College presentation by St. Mary’s College president Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan—she highlighted some of the great work going on at St. Mary’s College and how it is a valuable community resource.
We then approved a request for a public hearing for the Maryland Building Performance Standards and Local Amendments. St. Mary’s County is required to update based upon changes by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation—amendments include a definition of agritourism, a definition of agricultural building, exceptions for agricultural building for which agritourism is intended subordinate use. St. Mary’s County Local Amendments deal with some specific instances when a building permit is required but a building inspection is not required.
This public hearing will be on February 4th in the morning…I voted against this motion because I felt the hearing should be in the evening in order to allow for easier citizen input.
Moving into County Administrator time, we began by reviewing the upcoming meeting agendas—we will not be meeting next week because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Next, we approved the St. Mary’s Transit System Safety Plan. Our last item of regular business was authorizing the County Attorney to send a letter granting permission and acceptance of the Department of the Navy’s Deer Management Plan for Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Webster Field.
We then entered into Closed Session to discuss Personnel and we reconvened in order to move to provide pay raises for the County Administrator, County Attorney, CFO, CIO, and Department Heads. The motion passed but I voted against it—not because I doubt the wonderful job that our county employees are doing, but simply because I felt this was not the correct process or timing for this raise. We will reconvene tonight at 6:30 pm for a Public Forum—all are welcome to attend and provide comments to us!
Happy Ratification Day! Today, in 1784 in the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the Confederation Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris and officially ended the Revolutionary War.