Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

McDaniel Road to Close for Construction

McDaniel Road at the Piney Branch Stream Crossing, approximately 1,500 feet south of Hallmark Lane, will be closed to all through traffic on or about Sept. 12. McDaniel Road will reopen on or about March 31, 2015.

For more information about this road closure, contact Donna Daugherty, P.E., Highway Engineer III, Codes Permits & Inspection Services Division of the Department of Planning and Growth Management, at 301-645-0596.

Signs will be posted identifying the closure and detour routes.

Construction will involve replacing the stream crossing, widening the road, and extending the hiker-biker trail. The road closure may be postponed due to extended inclement weather or other conditions that may cause construction delays.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sept. 6

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6. The household hazardous waste collection site is held 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, 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), latex paint, 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, paint hardener, or sawdust 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: Sept. 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.

Board of Education Appoints Ethics Panel Members

The Board of Education of Charles County has appointed William Olmsted, a La Plata lawyer, to serve as chairman of the newly appointed Board of Education Ethics Panel. The panel is serving a four-year term that ends in June 2018.

Joining Olmsted on the panel are James Cornette of La Plata, Theresa Everette of Waldorf, Jessie Morris of Waldorf and Derrick Nunn of Waldorf.

The Board appoints the all-volunteer, five-member panel every four years prior to a Board of Education election. The ethics panel interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board Members and employees subject to the regulations. The panel also reviews complaints concerning any alleged ethics violation and receives and maintains all forms required to be filed under the ethics regulation.

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