SMC Commissioner Colvin’s Weekly Update

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

Today’s meeting began with the usual pledge and invocation followed by approval of the minutes from last week. We then presented four proclamations; National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Case Management Recognition Week, and the 40th Annual National Oyster Cook-off.

We then held a public hearing on the proposed new ordinance to allow private landing strips and helipads in the Resource Conservation Area—this ordinance makes wording changes to our previously adopted ordinance based on recommendations from the Critical Area Commission. No one spoke. We then approved a LGIT Training Grant for $2,500 for Lifting and Loading Training for Animal Services.

Moving into County Administrator time, we approved the Opioid Operational Command Center grant award of $58,700 for the Board of Education.

Next, we approved the Maryland Highway Safety Grant for FY2020 for $21,000 for the Sheriff’s Office (no match required)—the funds will be used for Aggressive Driving, Impaired Driving, Occupant Protection, and Distracted Driving Initiatives.

After that, we approved the Pre-Trial Services Grant Award for $58,808 for the Sheriff’s Office (with a county match of $19,855 that will be covered from a realignment within the Sheriff’s Office budget). These funds will provide for a Case Management Coordinator. The next item of business was a budget realignment for the Local Management Board to set up three new programs and accept an additional $4,972 from the Governor’s Office on Children.

Next, we authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maryland Stadium Authority that outlines the role of Crossroad Consulting in providing a marketing and economic analysis regarding the feasibility of a sports complex in St. Mary’s County.

We then approved budget amendments to close out or realign various CIP projects for $2,566,936. Following that the Department of Human Resources presented the results of the 2019 Employee Satisfaction Survey—284 county employees provided feedback and responses.

Our last item of business was approval of a Wi-Fi Policy for public wi-fi access in county parks. We then entered into Closed Session to discuss Safety and Security.

A reminder that there will be a Public Forum this evening at 6:30 pm in the Commissioners Meeting Room. All are invited to attend and participate!

All images via Commissioner Colvin’s Facebook


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