Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Shred Event and Composting Demos Planned for Nov. 8

Mark your calendar for an environmental outreach event on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Charles County Government Building parking lot (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Backyard composting demonstrations will be featured, as well as free, secure document shredding.

Two backyard composting demonstrations will teach effective techniques for reducing waste by turning yard waste and kitchen scraps into valuable compost. Demonstrations are provided in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension, Charles County office. University of Maryland Extension staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about home composting.

Free document shredding services will be available for the duration of the event. Residents can bring up to five boxes (per vehicle) of personal documents for shredding and recycling.

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

Oct. 14 and 28 Board of Appeals Meetings Canceled

The Charles County Board of Appeals meetings originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 28, are canceled.

Board of Appeals meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, unless otherwise noted. The next regular meeting of the Board of Appeals is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners’ meeting room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore St., La Plata).

For more information, contact Ms. Carrol Everett, Clerk to the Board of Appeals, at 301-645-0540 or EverettC [at] Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Charles County Crime Solvers Fugitive Friday Case

Gary Donald Bean, Jr., 38, of Waldorf, Md.

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Gary Donald Bean, Jr., 38, of Waldorf. Bean currently has two open warrants: theft scheme from $1,000 to under $10,000 and 12 counts of theft scheme under $1,000. Bean is 6’1”, 280lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.

Officers with the Warrant Unit have been seeking Bean’s whereabouts since July. Anyone with information is asked not to approach him, but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see

CCSO adds new automated speed enforcement camera site to rotation and reactivates other sites

Effective Monday, November 3, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Automated Speed Enforcement Unit will be adding Grace Brethren School in Waldorf to the list of school zones in which automated speed enforcement cameras can be activated. The camera will be on the northbound side of Route 5 in front of the school near Billingsley Road.

In addition, the cameras for Thomas Stone High School and General Smallwood Middle School (which were already approved sites) will be put back into rotation. The camera for Thomas Stone High School is near the 3700 block of Leonardtown Road (northbound and southbound). The camera for General Smallwood Middle School is located near the 4900 block of Indian Head Highway (northbound and southbound). All speed enforcement cameras are placed inside school zones which are identified with signage that the speed limit is photo enforced.

The CCSO has a total of three mobile cameras which are generally rotated on a weekly basis among the following approved school zones: Berry Elementary School, Grace Brethren, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, Malcolm Elementary School, Maurice J. McDonough High School, General Smallwood Middle School, Thomas Stone High School, William B. Wade Elementary School, and Westlake High School.

As a courtesy, the locations of the cameras are posted weekly on the sheriff’s office Facebook page. Also:

-- Cameras are activated Monday through Friday, all year long, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the exception of Wade Elementary School which operates from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

-- Citations are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle and only if the speed was 12 mph or more over the posted speed limit.

-- A school zone speed camera violation is a $40 fine with no points.

For more information about automated speed enforcement cameras, visit the Charles County Sheriff’s Office website at

Charles County Commissioners Meeting Agendas for Oct. 7 & 8, 2014

Tuesday, Oct. 7

1. Recognition and Approval Items (County Commissioners' Meeting Room)

-- 1.01 [9:00 a.m.] Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

-- 1.02 [9:00 a.m.] Approval of Minutes September 30, 2014

-- 1.03 [9:00 a.m.] Commissioners' Approval Items

-- 1.04 [9:15 a.m.] Approval of Agenda for October 28, 2014

-- 1.05 [9:15 a.m.] Briefing: Employee Holiday Schedules (Mr. Mark Belton, County Administrator)

-- 1.06 [9:20 a.m.] Briefing: Front Foot Benefit Assessment (Ms. Barbara Holtz, County Attorney/Planning & Growth Management)

-- 1.07 [9:35 a.m.] Introduction of Bill: County Agricultural Land Preservation District and Purchase of Development Rights Program (Mr. Peter Aluotto, Director, Planning & Growth Management, Mr. Steve Ball, Planning Director, Mr. Charles Rice, Program Manager, Environmental Programs)

-- 1.08 [9:55 a.m.] Briefing: Homeowners' Associations Legislation (Ms. Barbara Holtz, County Attorney)

-- 1.09 [10:00 a.m.] Break

-- 1.10 [11:00 a.m.] Staff Briefing: APFO Committee Recommendation and Capital Improvement Plan Review (Mr.Jason Groth, Chief of Resource and Infrastructure Management/Mr. John Mudd, Resource Manager, Resource and Infrastructure Management)

-- 1.11 [12:00 p.m.] Lunch Break

2. Closed Session (Government Building Conference Room)

-- 2.01 [12:30 p.m.] Closed Session (Legal) All or a portion of this session may be closed pursuant to Section 10-508(a)(1)(7)(8)(9) of the Annotated Code of Maryland. A portion of this session will also concern the administrative function of the County Commissioners in their executive role.

3. Open Session Briefings/Information (Commissioners' Meeting Room)

-- 3.01 [2:30 p.m.] New Business

Wednesday, Oct. 8

The County Commissioners will not be holding public session. The Commissioners will be representing the county at other meetings and will conduct individual appointments as scheduled.


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