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Charter Board Scheduled to Meet on April 10 and 24

Public hearing to be held on April 28

The Charter Board will meet on Thursday, April 10 and Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the County Government Building in the Government Building Conference Room, 200 Baltimore Street in La Plata.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the County Government Building in the County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 200 Baltimore Street in La Plata. The purpose of the hearing is to provide the public with information regarding the Charter form of government and obtain comments from the public to assist the Board in finalizing the Draft Charter. The final Draft will be on the ballot in November.

A copy of the Draft Charter is available on the Charles County Website at http://www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/commissioners/boards/charter-board.

For more information, contact Ms. Melody Weschler at 301-645-0555 or CharterBoard(at)CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Begins April 5

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the first household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, April 5. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, batteries, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.

Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), expired prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, or sawdust to the liquid latex paint to aid in drying it out.

Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2014 collection dates are: April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sep. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6.

For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Waldorf Beautification Project Spring Kickoff Event Postponed Until May 17

Due to a forecast of inclement weather, the Waldorf Beautification Project 2014 Spring Kickoff event scheduled for tomorrow, March 29, at 1 p.m. is being postponed. The rescheduled event date is Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Smallwood Park-and-Ride on Smallwood Drive and Route 301 (Crain Highway).

Please R.S.V.P. by April 15 to Ms. Kenberly Stephens at StephKen(at)CharlesCountyMD.gov. More information about the Waldorf Beautification Project can be found online at http://www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.

Waldorf Beautification Poster Contest Open to Young Artists

Charles County students in grades K – 8 are invited to enter the Waldorf Beautification Contest and create a poster showing how they can keep Waldorf clean and beautiful. What does the slogan "With Pride, We Prosper...Help Keep It Clean" mean to you?

One winner will be selected from each of three age categories (Grades K-2, Grades 3 – 5 and Grades 6 – 8).

Winners will receive a brand new bike provided by the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division.

To enter, students in grades K – 8 must submit a poster (11" x 17") illustrating the Waldorf Beautification Project slogan, along with a completed contest registration form. Registration forms and contest rules are available on http://www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/WaldorfBeautificationProject. Only one submission per student will be accepted. Entries must be postmarked by Thursday, May 15, 2014.

For more information, contact the Commissioners Office at 301-645-0550 or Commissioners(at)CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Exhibitor Opportunities Available for Fifth Annual Port Tobacco Market Day

The Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco will host the Fifth Annual Port Tobacco Market Day event on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse (Chapel Point Rd, Port Tobacco). Vendor setup is available Friday, May 2 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. The rain date is Saturday, May 10.

Antiquers, crafters, and yard sale enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Fifth Annual Port Tobacco Market Day event to sell goods and showcase their talents. The Charles County Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale. Food, baked goods, and drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Kay Volman at 301-934-2474.

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