Local Government News Briefs

Nov. 24 Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

LA PLATA—The Charles County Planning Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24, has been canceled.

Planning Commission meetings are generally held on the first and third Mondays of every month, unless otherwise noted. The next regular meeting of the Planning Commission is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners’ meeting room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).

For more information, contact Ms. Theresa Pickeral, Clerk to the Planning Commission, at 301-645-0638 or PickerTh [at] CharlesCountyMD.gov.

Board of Public Works approves funding for beaches water meter installation project in Calvert County

On Nov. 12, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved funding of $759,426 (a $379,713 grant in the form of loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund and a $379,713 Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund loan) to help fund the Beaches Water Meter Installation project. The project entails the installation of new water meters throughout the Beaches Water Company service area in Calvert County to promote water conservation, accurately track water losses, increase efficiency and minimize leakage.

The Board is composed of Governor Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Board of Public Works approves funding for St. Mary's Co. to acquire 212 acres

St. Mary’s County will receive $200,000 in Program Open Space Local Share funding and $1.46 million in Open Space State Share funding to acquire 212 acres in Lexington Park. The land has beach access to the Chesapeake Bay and includes approximately 3,400-linear-feet of water frontage, which will allow for passive recreational and waterfront activities. This project is a partnership between the United States Navy, DNR and the county. The Navy is contributing $2.34 million toward the purchase of this property through the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program in exchange for a conservation easement to be placed on the property.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the funding at its meeting on Nov. 12.

Local Newspapers Now Digitized and Available to the Public

The St. Mary's County Board of Library Trustees is pleased to announce that the library's collection of local newspapers, which were available on microfilm at the Lexington Park Library, is now digitized and available to the public on any computer at the St. Mary's County Libraries or St. Mary's College Library.

This digitization project was completed with the support of the following community partners:

-- Balance Imaging Solutions, LLC

-- The Enterprise and Post Community Media, LLC

-- St. Mary's College of Maryland Library

-- St. Mary's County Board of Library Trustees Endowment funds

-- St. Mary's County Historical Society

The collection contains "The Enterprise" from 1952 to present and "The Beacon" from 1922 to 1984 with a few gaps due to missing issues. Individual issues are searchable.

A "Microfilm Cutting" Reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library to introduce and recognize the partners. A demonstration of the product is planned.

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