Charles County Commissioners Dec. 20, 2019 Meeting Update

News Release, Charles County Public Information Office

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Charles County Board of Commissioners participated in a joint meeting with Boards of County Commissioners from St. Mary’s County Government and Calvert County Government.

The College of Southern Maryland and the Tri-County Council presented legislative proposals that could benefit those they serve in all three counties. Staff presented statistics and outcomes of their local government partnerships to provide mutual aid for emergency medical services. They also discussed transportation initiatives, including road improvement projects, safety considerations, and transit priorities that have regional impacts for Southern Maryland.

Commissioners received a briefing to consider the addition of a chief equity officer. Director of Human Resources Alexis Blackwell presented an overview of the county’s changing demographics, current climate, available training and tools, and anticipated outcomes being sought through the appointment of a chief equity officer. She described how equity could be applied to the goals of the Board of County Commissioners and add perspective to the decision-making process.

Commissioners discussed and deferred action so it could be considered along with other requests in next year’s budget.

Approval Items:

  • Commissioners made adjustments and approved the 2020 Board Session Calendar.
  • Commissioners approved change order #4 and change order #5 to provide additional design services for electrical and automation improvements at the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plan.

Commissioners also discussed a draft letter from the Charles County Board of Commissioners to Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) regarding opportunities to partner on providing broadband access. They discussed and recommended changes to the letter, and it will be brought back for consideration and approval at a future Board meeting.

Recognition:

  • Commissioners recognized the employees who won awards in the annual Truck Rodeo competition. View and download photos in Flickr.
  • Commissioners joined the Board of Education in recognizing students who were State Golf Champs. View and download photos in Flickr.

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