St. Marys Seeks Volunteers For Boards, Committees and Commissions - Southern Maryland Headline News

St. Marys Seeks Volunteers For Boards, Committees and Commissions

The Board of Commissioners for St. Mary’s County is seeking citizens who are interested in volunteering their time in public service to the community by serving on various Boards, Committees, and Commissions. Interested citizens can pick-up an application in the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office, located on the first floor of the Governmental Center in Leonardtown or call 301-475-4200 extension 1341. Applications and meeting dates and times can be found on the County’s website at All applications must include a resume. To be considered for appointments effective July 1, 2006, applications must be submitted by May 2, 2006.

The following Boards, Committees and Commissions have existing and potential vacancies:

BOCA Code Appeals Board

To hear citizen’s appeals of the code official decisions. To review updated building codes as they are published; propose local amendments to the codes, and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners as to their adoption.

Coastal Resource Advisory Committee

The Coastal Resource Advisory Committee guides Maryland toward best uses, management, conservation, restoration and preservation of coastal area resources as prescribed for the State in the Program document. The Committee provides the formal opportunity through which members and their constituents are kept aware of Program actions and present views on Program development. Through the use of public forums, the Committee brings together diverse interests of coastal Maryland to act as a sounding board to the Coastal Resources Division. The Division considers the concerns proposed by the Committee regarding policy and technical, environmental or economic aspects of Program decisions. The Committee also seeks common ground on which to develop recommendatdions and policy position on State coastal management issues for appropriate decision makers.

Commission for Women

Study issues of concern to St. Mary’s County including, but not limited to, employment, education, child care, health, women in elected office, financial management, entrepreneurship, banking and credit, housing, land ownership, domestic violence, and legal rights; recommend to the Board of County Commissioners, when appropriate, course of action dealing with those and other issues having high priority and importance to the women of St. Mary’s County; educate the public regarding those and other issues having high priority and importance to the women of St. Mary’s County; work with, support, and build coalitions with other agencies, public and private, dealing with those and other issues having high priority and importance to the women of St. Mary’s County; and represent St. Mary’s County to the Maryland Commission for Women.

Commission on Aging

To advise and assist in the content, administration, and financing of county programs designed to serve the elderly residents of the county; keep the Board of County Commissioners informed of developments related to the elderly population and adult day care at the national, state and local levels. Present to the Board of County Commissioners the consensus of the general population of St. Mary’s county as it relates to the County’s elderly residents and adult day care clients, and to recommend appropriate steps to take in addressing the common consensus. To provide general support and assistance of the operations of the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and report to the Commissioners on the performance of the Department of Aging in achieving the goals established by the St. Mary’s County Area Plan for elderly services.

Development Review Forum

To oversee the implementation of the subdivision streamlining report as prepared by ERM; to investigate additional subdivision and development review process; to establish review time targets and evaluating agency performance in meeting those targets; to serve as a forum to review concerns and new needs through time; and to report annually to the Board of County Commissioners on progress and additional recommendations for improvements.

Electrical Examiners Board

To enforce the Public Laws of St. Mary’s County entitled Electrical Examiners and may be amended and any additional rules and regulations so adopted by the Board. The Board shall review all applications for the Master and Limited Electrical License, administer and grade the examinations and issue or renewed licenses as required. The Board serves as the authority having jurisdictions over all electrical issues, as defined in NFPA 70, National Electric Code (NEC) for St. Mary’s County.

Ethics Commission

To interpret and administer the provision of the St. Mary’s County Public Ethics Ordinance.

Historic Preservation Commission

To assist in the identification and designation of historic districts within St. Mary's County in accordance with the St. Mary's County Zoning Ordinance.

Human Relations Commission

To encourage and ensure equal treatment to all, without regard to race, color, religion, ethical or moral conviction, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status or physical or mental handicap, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws or regulations in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

Metropolitan Commission

To provide the Commission with a wide range of authority necessary for the operations of the public water and sewer system within the County.

Plumbing Board

To execute or to cause to be executed all the provisions of the St. Mary's County Plumbing Code.

Social Services Board

To deal with policy, programs and problems of the local Department of Social Services and Public Assistance Administration.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee

To review solid waste management issues in St. Mary’s County and to participate in planning for waste management.

Teen Center Advisory Board

To advise the Recreation and Parks Board and County Commissioners on matters affecting the Teen Center including programs, budget, fundraising, and community involvement.

Zoning Board of Appeals

To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of this article or of any ordinance adopted pursuant thereto; to hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the ordinance upon which board is required to pass under such ordinances; and to authorize upon appeal in specific cases a variance from the terms of the ordinance.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200 ext. 1341.

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