Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Dec. 22 Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

The Charles County Planning Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, Dec. 22, 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, Jan. 12 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]

Swim with Santa on Dec. 13

Bring your swimsuit for the annual “Swim with Santa” event at Lackey High School pool (3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head) on Saturday Dec. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Play holiday pool games and take underwater pictures with Santa Claus. Registration is $5 for all ages. Online registration is available at On-site registration will be available the day of the event based on availability.

For information on “Swim with Santa” or other events offered by the Charles County Department of Community Services, visit, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Commissioners Proclaim December Impaired Driving Prevention Month

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Charles County Board of Commissioners proclaimed December 2014 as Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Impaired driving impacts the entire United States, causing at least one alcohol-related fatality every 51 minutes. Preventing impaired driving can save and enhance the safety of citizens throughout the country.

In Maryland, approximately 32 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by alcohol or drug impaired drivers. Impaired driving leads to injury and property damage, as well as physical, emotional and economic hardship for thousands of people annually.

The Charles County Commissioners recognize the importance of preventing impaired driving and encourage residents to drive responsibly this holiday season. In effort to prevent impaired driving, the Commissioners also encourage citizens to designate a sober driver or make alternative transportation arrangements when needed.

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