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Bond Bills Will Help Several Worthy Southern Maryland Causes

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Posted on March 20, 2006:

Senator Dyson Each year before the General Assembly Session convenes, groups of citizens of St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles County ask me to introduce bond bills which help fund worthy projects of all types in the district I am so proud to represent.

Last Saturday and this Monday many of these very same people came up to testify on their requests.

This year’s bond bill project requests totaled more than $136 million. The capital budget, Senate Bill 370, includes $15 million in new Senate projects. While certainly not all needs were met, assistance will be provided to more than 90 local initiatives.

Today in the Senate we voted for Senate Bill 370 which includes many of these requests. St. Patrick was very good to Southern Maryland.

Among the bond measures of which I sponsored or co-sponsored include:

St. Mary’s Hospice House. This project provides a grant of $125,000 to the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Hospital for the planning, design, acquisition, construction and capital equipping of the St. Mary’s County Hospice House which will be located in Callaway, MD. I was pleased to be the lead sponsor of this very important measure.

I was able to also gain $125,000 for the St. Clement’s Island Lighthouse. This grant will provide the Board of Directors of the St. Clement’s Hundred, Inc., funds to help replicate the historic lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island.

Without question, the largest bond request that I was able to get approved was $762,300 for St. Mary’s Hospital. This will be used to renovate and expand the medical and surgical unit at the hospital. St. Mary’s Hospital is the only hospital left in the county.

Capital improvement projects in the amount of $8.6 million and $1,050,000 million were also approved for St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The first project provides funds to supplement previous appropriations to construct the new Student Services Building for the College.

The latter project provides funds to equip the new Academic Building.

In Calvert County, $150,000 was provided to the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum which is working in conjunction with the Maryland Historical Trust and Calvert County Soil Conservation District for the planning, design, construction and capital equipping of the Indian Village Project. This important project will further enhance an already top-of-the-line facility and Jefferson Patterson Park.

Another great Calvert project that was approved was a $150,000 grant for Annmarie Garden. This amount will provide state funding to the Board of Directors of the Koenig Private Foundation, Inc., for the planning, design, construction, engineering and capital equipping of the new building holding a visitors center, exhibition hall, educational facility and community room at the facility.

Since the Senate got the budget and capital budget first this year, several other worthy projects for Southern Maryland are now being considered in the House of Delegates. I am a co-sponsor of several of these projects as well and expect several of them to pass as well.

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