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LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18. During their regular work session, the Commissioners recognized law enforcement professionals, approved a budget adjustment for the Board of Education, convened as the Board of Health, approved grants and grant applications for the Sheriff’s Office, approved additional funding allocations for small business affected by COVID closures and, approved changes to the CARES Grant Spending Plan.

The Commissioners recognized 10 law enforcement professionals from various agencies during a modified Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Event. Traditionally, the recognition event takes place in May but this year it was postponed due to the pandemic. Hosted by the Department of Aging & Human Services, the day is set aside to remember officers killed in the line of duty while also recognizing outstanding officers within our area. Commissioner President Randy Guy read a proclamation, and the Commissioners presented Commendations to the officers.

Sheriff Tim Cameron appeared before the Commissioners to request approval for the FY2021 Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant application. The grant will be for the purchase of PredPol software, which will support the Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force Program. The Commissioners approved the $100,000 grant application.

A budget adjustment, including a budget increase, amendment, and category transfer of grants for the Board of Education was unanimously approved by the Commissioners. This action provides an additional $1.5 million for broadband expansion services to identified need areas to improve online learning access to St. Mary’s County students.

Just after 10:30 a.m., the Commissioners met as the St. Mary’s County Board of Health and heard a briefing by Health Officer Dr. Meenakshi Brewster. The briefing included an overview of the COVID-19 data dashboard on the county health department webpage, www.smchd.org/covid-19-data, and a detailed discussion about the effectiveness of certain types of face coverings. Citing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Brewster’s brief reviewed the use of face coverings for everyone 2 years of age and older, indoor and outdoor settings when in public. A full copy of the brief with evidentiary diagrams is found in BoardDocs on the county government webpage.

The final item on the County Administrator’s agenda was a Department of Finance CARES Grant Update. The update included an amended spending plan for funding Emergency Service’s request for EMS medical equipment, a part-time Court Navigator for the Department of Social Services, technical upgrade requests from Information Technology and a part-time position to support Recreation and Parks. During this agenda item, the Commissioners also directed Chris Kaselemis, Director of Economic Development, to allocate an additional $1000 to each of the small businesses who previously received grants through the COVID-19 Small Business and Non-Profit Relief fund earlier this year.

Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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