Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Public Meeting to Discuss Sewage Sludge Utilization Permit Located in Malcolm Set for May 12

The Charles County Board of Commissioners encourages interested residents to attend an informational meeting on Monday, May 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Malcolm Elementary School (14760 Poplar Hill Road, Waldorf). This meeting is hosted by Synagro, a biosolids and organic residuals recycler.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss sewage sludge utilization permit 2010-SRC-5574 and a plan of action that will address citizen concerns.

For more information, contact Debbie Tarbox at 301-645-0550 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Little Feet Compete at the 2014 Tot Olympics on May 10

Registration Deadline is May 3

Magnify your Olympic spirit and watch as your toddler brings their Olympic dream to life. Register your tot for the 2014 Tot Olympics Games event on Saturday, May 10 at Westlake High School (3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf) from 10 a.m. to noon. Opening ceremonies start promptly at 10 a.m.

Fun-filled events for children ages three through six include running, jumping, kicking, throwing, and balancing. Athletes will have their participation recorded on a special tracking form distributed during check-in/registration.

The registration fees are: resident $12; non-resident $15; on-site registration $20. The deadline to register is Saturday, May 3.

Each child will receive a t-shirt, award, and snack for his/her efforts. Parent/guardian participation is required for each athlete.

For more information, visit For questions, contact Kelly Layfield at 301-934-0108 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Curbside Recycling Program Offers Citizens New Notification Option

Recycling updates, latest information now available via email alerts

The Charles County Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division encourages citizens to visit to sign up for the county’s Citizen Notification Service (CNS) and select the new “Curbside Recycling” category to receive email alerts about this service. Registered CNS participants will receive timely information notices such as recycling announcements or changes in recycling pickup schedules.

Curbside recycling collection is provided to approximately 38,372 homes located in the more densely populated areas of the county with expansions occurring as often as possible. In those areas that receive curbside recycling service, single stream recycling materials are collected year-round on an every-other-week basis, and yard waste materials are collected weekly by a separate truck, April through December.

CNS is a free, subscription e-mail service that allows citizens to receive information notices regarding severe weather advisories and county government programs, on their computers, cell phones, or any device capable of receiving e-mail messaging.

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

Turkey Hill Park Disc Golf Course to Celebrate Grand Opening April 26

The Charles County Parks Division invites the public to the grand opening of the Turkey Hill Park Disc Golf Course on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. The Southern Maryland Disc Golf Club (SMDGC) is co-sponsoring the event, which is open to all ages. This 18-hole course will officially be opened to the public on this date ¾ be the first to play this exciting new facility!

Once known as “Frisbee Golf”, disc golf has evolved into one of the nation’s fastest growing outdoor sports. It is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using golf clubs and balls and aiming for a hole, disc golf players use golf discs and aim for elevated, chain-covered baskets. Starting at a designated tee, the object is to get your disc in the basket in the fewest number of throws. Disc golf is a healthy activity that is inexpensive, easy to learn, and fun for all ages.

Be one of the first 100 participants to receive a free Innova golf disc. Instructional clinics for beginners and door prizes will be available throughout the day. SMDGC will also offer several contests with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Charles County. The program will start with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening.

Turkey Hill Park Disc Golf Course is located on Turkey Hill Road in La Plata. The Disc Golf Course will be open every day between 8 a.m. and dusk. There is no charge for drop-in use of this facility. For additional information, please call 301-932-3470.

Enjoy a Historical Tour at the Fifth Annual Port Tobacco Market Days

Ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off event

The Charles County Commissioners and the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco invite citizens to attend the fifth annual Port Tobacco Market Days event on Saturday, May 3 from 9 2 p.m. at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse (Chapel Point Rd, Port Tobacco).

Port Tobacco Market Days will begin with a ribbon-cutting event at 9 a.m. to celebrate the partnership between Charles County Government and the Society of the Restoration for Port Tobacco to operate the historic courthouse, Stagg Hall, and Burch House.

This event will showcase some of Southern Maryland’s local artists and vendors. Choose from antiques, jewelry, crafts, fresh produce, and more. The Charles County Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale. Food, baked goods, and drinks will be available for purchase. Step into the 18th century and tour the Port Tobacco Court House, Stagg Hall, and Burch House.

Admission is free. Rain date is Saturday, May 10. For more information, visit

Charter Board to Hold Series of Public Hearings

The Charles County Charter Board is holding several public hearings in April and May, one in each Commissioner district, to provide information regarding the Charter form of government and obtain comments to assist in finalizing the Draft Charter. The final draft will be on the ballot in November.

The schedule for the Charter Board public hearings is as follows:

District 1
Monday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
County Commissioners' Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata

District 3
Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School
2820 Jenifer School Lane, Waldorf

District 2
Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Indian Head Village Green Pavilion
100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head

District 4
Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
2040 St. Thomas Drive, Waldorf

The Charter Board was established to draft a charter form of government. The Charter Board will draft a charter for publication by the Charles County Board of Commissioners and then to a referendum election by the voters of Charles County. The Charter is a document that will change the present Code Home Rule commissioner form of government to Charter government if approved by the voters. The proposed charter document will define the duties, powers, rules, procedures, structure of local county government, and the rights of our voters/citizens.

A copy of the Draft Charter is available on the Charles County website at:

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

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