News Release, Charles County Public Information Office

On Tuesday, March 17, the Board of Commissioners received an update from the Charles County Health Department on the latest efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Dr. Suzan Lowry, MD FAAP, the Charles County Health Officer, shared information on the process for testing, tracing, and preventing COVID-19 from being transmitted locally. The community can obtain comprehensive information on the website,www.charlescountyhealth.organd contact the call center at 301-609-6717 for urgent questions or concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, several other agency leaders provided updates on their specific efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, including Dr. Kimberly A. Hill, Superintendent of Charles County Public Schools; Sheriff Troy Berry; Dr. Maureen Murphy, President of the College of Southern Maryland; Mayor Brandon Paulin, Town of Indian Head; and Carl Schinner, Town of La Plata Police Chief. Watch the full video presentation onCCGTV.

Commissioners directed County Administrator Mark Belton to develop a plan to move all future Board meetings to a virtual platform that could be broadcast online and on CCGTV to ensure the safety of employees and residents as the county continues to manage COVID-19 as a local public health emergency. County staff will notify the public through the local media,CCGTV, andonline communication toolsto keep the public informed on viewingfuture meetings.

Budget Work Session

The Board of County Commissioners held a budget work session to review the anticipated revenues, expenditures, and requests for funding from the county’sEnterprise Fundsin the fiscal 2021 budget. County budget staff presented a detailed overview of theLandfill Fund,Environmental Service Fund,Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund,Inspection and Review Fund,Recreation Fund,Cable Franchise Operations,Water and Sewer Fund, and theWater and Sewer CIP.

Commissioners’ New Business

  • Commissioner Gilbert “BJ” Bowling (District 1) proposed that the Board consider how part-time employees could be paid during the time that they are not providing direct service at government facilities as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Commissioners directed County Administrator Mark Belton to conduct a fiscal analysis and provide an update to the Board.
  • Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. proposed that the Board consider establishing a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund that could direct resources and support to those in the community who need it. Commissioners directed County Administrator Belton to bring together partnering agencies and develop a proposed action plan for consideration.

Approval Items

Recognitions

  • Commissioners recognized March 24 asNational Agriculture Dayin Charles County. Commissioners recognized the Charles County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, and Charles County Farm Bureau for all they do for the agricultural industry.

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