By: St. Mary’s County Commissioner Eric Colvin via Facebook

February 4, 2020, Commissioner Update:

Today we began our meeting with the Invocation and Pledge led by Commissioner President Guy and then presented proclamations for African American History Month, Dating Violence Prevention Month and Transit Equity Day. After that our County Attorney provided updates on legislation currently in Annapolis. We approved the following letters:

  • Letter of opposition for SB 372/HB 568 on Voter Registration in Correctional Facilities
  • Letter of opposition for HB 42/SB 67 Public Information Act Applications for Inspection—shortens the time frame for public information requests
  • Letter of support for SB 508 Prohibiting the possession of a tobacco product for people under 21 – Sponsored by Senator Jack Bailey

Next, we held a public hearing on amendments to the Maryland Building Performance Standards and Local Amendments—no one spoke. After that Michael Blackwell, the director of our County libraries, provided a brief on the current operations of the library system. We then approved accepting the FY2020 MHAA Capital Grant Agreement that will provide $100,000 of funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority for the St. Clements Island Museum Renovations and we passed the necessary budget amendments to reflect this funding.

We approved the FY2020 Program Open Space funding of $1,440,000 that will be used to support improvements at Chaptico Park, Dorsey Park, and the Lexington Manor Passive Park. Chaptico Park will receive renovations for 3 multi-sport fields, new well, an irrigation system and lighting for 1 field, Dorsey Park will have the playground equipment replaced, enhanced ADA accessibility and fencing for child safety, and the Lexington Manor Passive Park will have the roads resurfaced, new lighting and parking and a new public restroom.

We then approved a budget amendment for $60,000 to provide additional parking at the overcrowded Myrtle Point Park. Our last item of business was the approval of the purchase agreement for an avigation easement to support the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport for $19,000—this breaks down to $17,000 from the FAA, $950 from the Maryland Aviation Administration, and $950 of county funds.

After our business meeting, we held a ceremony to present a Memorial Plaque and Proclamation in honor of Martha A. Patterson, a bus driver of our STS System who passed away last year.

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