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Commissioners Proclaim Week in Honor of Nurses

Focusing on the important role nurses play in the county, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County held a ceremony to recognize National Nurses Week.

The week, recognized nationally May 5 - 11, 2015, is celebrated for the well-being and honor of the Nursing profession, which continues to promote wellness and caring for the citizens of the community.

In mentioning the efforts of the nurses at the St. Mary's Nursing Center Commissioner Tom Jarboe (District 1) said "the St. Mary's Nursing Center, a not-for-profit organization serving the elderly in St. Mary's County, is recognizing the theme, 'Ethical Practice Quality Care' during National Nurses Week."

The Commissioners thanked all nurses for their untiring and unselfish dedication to the health and well-being of St. Mary's County citizens and recognized the competent services nursing professionals provide daily.

Board of Appeals Cancels May Public Hearing

The monthly public hearing of the St. Mary's County Board of Appeals, scheduled May 14, 2015, has been canceled due to a lack of cases ready to proceed to hearing.

The next scheduled public hearing is Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Commissioners to Host May Public Forum

Citizens not attending in person can participate via social media

The next Commissioners of St. Mary's County Public Forum will occur on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the commissioners meeting room, inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.

New with this forum … citizens who wish to voice a concern or ask a question, and are unable to attend in person, can take to social media to present their issue or question. Citizens can post comments or questions using the hashtag #CSMCforum to the county's Facebook page ( or twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov.) Time permitting, comments and questions will be read at the forum. Citizens are asked to include their full name and mailing address as the comments will become part of the official record.

The remaining Commissioner Public Forums for 2015 are scheduled to take place as follows:

-- Tuesday, September 1

-- Tuesday, October 6

All Commissioner of St. Mary's County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary's County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Metrocast Cable and streamed live for online viewing on the county's website at Click on the LIVE link at the top of the page (note: this feature is not available on Apple or mobile devices).

The May 5 Public Forum will be rebroadcast on SMCG TV 95 on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Forums are also available for viewing on the county's YouTube channel at

Individuals wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail.

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County can be reached via e-mail at or by U.S. mail at Commissioners of St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

Citizen Volunteers Needed for Boards, Commissions and Committees

St. Mary's County residents, looking for an opportunity to take a more active role in the community, can now have their chance to serve.

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County is seeking citizens interested in volunteering their time to the community by serving on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and application can be found at All applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than May 29, 2015.

Some of the Boards, Commissions and Committees with vacancies include:

-- Airport Advisory Committee

-- Commission on the Environment

-- Agriculture, Seafood & Forestry Comm.

-- Historic Preservation Commission

-- Board of Trustees, Museum Division

-- Social Services Board

-- Building Code of Appeals

-- Transportation Advisory Commission

-- Commission for Women

-- Wicomico Scenic River Commission

-- Commission on Aging

The following vacancies have special requirements:

-- Adult Public Guardianship Board - Registered Nurse

-- Electrical Examiners Board - Licensed Electrician

-- Family Violence Coordinating Council - Family or Survivor of Violence, Member of the Clergy and Advocate Member

-- Length of Service Award Program for Fire/Rescue/ALS Volunteers - Must have financial/investment experience

-- Metropolitan Commission Board - Must live in the 3rd District

-- Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board - Must complete a biographical information form and Disclosure form found at

-- Tri County Community Action - Must attend classes while sitting on this board. Call Swynice Hawkins at 301-274-4474 ext. 253 for more information.

Citizens with questions or need for additional information can call Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200 ext. 1700.

Healthy St. Mary's Partnership Seeks Public Comments On Local Health Improvement Draft Plan

The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) is seeking comments on its draft for the 2015 – 2020 Local Health Improvement Plan for St. Mary’s County, “Healthy St Mary's 2020”.

HSMP members and community partners have engaged in a strategic planning process to draft Healthy St. Mary’s 2020. This process was informed by quantitative and qualitative local and state data. Healthy St. Mary’s 2020 will provide a framework and consensus-based recommendations for improving the health of St. Mary's County residents. It will provide insight into long-term health solutions and present a road map for achieving optimal health for all community members.

Public participation will help shape objectives and targets for Healthy St. Mary’s 2020. HSMP will provide opportunities for public input periodically to ensure that Healthy St. Mary’s 2020 reflects current health priorities and public input. The updated set of Healthy St. Mary’s 2020 objectives will be published on the HSMP website at and will reflect further review and deliberation by the HSMP Steering Committee.

Written comments will be accepted until Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00 P.M. (EST). Comments may be submitted via an online public comment form, by fax at 301-475-4350, or by email to Comments may also be mailed to the following address:

Healthy St. Mary's Partnership
c/o St. Mary's County Health Department
Attn: Jenna Mulliken
P.O. Box 316
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

For further information, please contact Jenna Mulliken at 301-475-4323.

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