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St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Commissioners to hold Public Forum on October 1

The St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners will hold its October Public Forum on Tuesday, October 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the commissioner's meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The address is 41770 Baldridge Street. Citizens are invited to attend the forum and address the members of the Board of County Commissioners.

The Public Forum will be televised live and videotaped for subsequent broadcast on St. Mary's County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95). The forum can also be viewed on the county's website at Click on Videos to view.

Anyone wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address Commissioners. Those wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail.

The Board of County Commissioners can be reached by e-mail at bocc(at) or by standard mail at Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

2013 State of the County Video and Executive Summary Now Available for Online Viewing

The 2013 St. Mary's State of the County reports are now available for viewing on the Public Information Office webpage at

For the first time ever St. Mary's County is using the video format to present the annual report from each of the county's departmental activities. The video provides viewers with visual images of what is currently taking place around the county and replaces the usual four page written document. The video is only available in the Windows Media format.

For those wishing to have a written document a two page executive summary has been developed and is also available for viewing and downloading. The summary provides a quick snap shot of county activities and acts as an accompanying piece to the video.

Full-Scale Emergency Exercise to Occur at St. Mary's County Regional Airport October 5

The St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services & Technology will conduct a Full-Scale Emergency Exercise at the St. Mary's County Regional Airport on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m.

A simulated aircraft accident will be used to evaluate the Airport's emergency response plan and provide hands-on training to airport personnel, Fire and EMS Departments, and mutual aid emergency response personnel.

The exercise will take place on the taxiway and will not affect normal airport operations. It will include the following elements to simulate the realism of an actual emergency:

-- Aircraft crash at the end of the runway

-- A trainer aircraft will be lit on fire, producing visible smoke

-- Participation by Local Fire, EMS Department, Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, St. Mary's County Airport, Naval District of Washington Fire Department (Patuxent River), Advanced Life Support Unit, Civil Air Patrol and MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

Responding emergency vehicles will be staging on Smoke Hill Lane and respond to the Airport.

-- Over 20 volunteer actors, moulaged to simulate injuries sustained from the incident, will be transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital as part of the exercise.

NOTE: Some of the exercise elements may be seen or heard on Saturday morning October 5 from communities surrounding the airport - especially near Rt. 235 and the Wildewood Community. Due to site security concerns, the exercise is not open to the public and there will be limited access on Airport Road from Cotton Parkway to the Airport.

Please remember, this is only an exercise.

St. Mary's Transit System to Restructure Routes October 1

As a part of the approved Maryland Transit Administration's Transportation Development Plan recommendations, the St. Mary's Transit System will implement the newly restructured STS Public Transportation Routes in order to make service more efficient, easier to understand, and more convenient. Several routes would be joined together in order to reduce the number of transfers riders must make. Routes would connect with each other at Tulagi Place in Lexington Park, the Governmental Center in Leonardtown, and at the Food Lion in Charlotte Hall. These changes take effect Tuesday, October 1.

Descriptions of the enhanced STS Public Transportation routes and the respective bus schedules will be distributed on the buses. They will also be available at the St. Mary's Transit System office, 44829 St. Andrews Church Road, California during regular business hours. The approved Transportation Development Plan recommendations may be viewed at The proposed routes and schedules, as presented at the September 4, 2013 public hearings, may also be found on the County's website at Some riders may experience minor changes in bus schedules during the initial implementation of the new routes.

If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to the St. Mary's County Transportation Division Office at (301) 863-8400 extension 1122 or 1123.

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