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Calvert Co. Gov. News Briefs

Construction Closes Main and Church Streets in Prince Frederick for Eight Weeks

Portions of Main and Church streets in Prince Frederick are closed as the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) makes road improvements. The project involves numerous improvements including: installing a raised brick island to create a right-turn lane from Main Street to Church Street; constructing brick sidewalks on Church Street between Heritage Boulevard and Main Street and on Main Street between Old Field Lane and Armory Road; installing bicycle lanes; improving drainage and resurfacing the roadways.

Main Street will be closed between Armory Road and Duke Street. Church Street will be closed just beyond the Trinity Church parking lot. Local traffic on Church Street will have access to residences and businesses. The closure will last for eight weeks.

Public Invited to Aug. 27 Town Hall Meeting on Capital Improvement Plan

The Calvert County Department of Finance & Budget is committed to increasing transparency and the public’s understanding of the county budget process. This year, the department is hosting a town hall meeting on the capital budget. The meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center.

The goal of the town hall meeting is to review the planned projects in the current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and take questions from county residents about the process and priorities shaping next year’s CIP. This is not a public hearing, nor is it a Calvert County Board of County Commissioners meeting, although it is endorsed by the board. Representatives from several county departments will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions related to their department’s planned projects.

For more information about the town hall meeting or to request reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers, contact Finance & Budget Capital Project Analyst Julie Paluda by email at or by telephone at 410-535-1600, ext. 2286, or Finance & Budget Deputy Director Joan Thorp at or telephone 410-535-1600, ext. 2651

Citizens Cautioned to be Aware of Hazardous Tidal Currents

Following the recent, tragic drownings in the Chesapeake Bay off of Cove Point, citizens are cautioned to be aware of hazardous conditions caused by tidal currents reacting to certain geological formations.

“We are deeply saddened by recent drownings off of Cove Point,” said Steve Weems, president of the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners. ”Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families who have been impacted. In an effort to educate swimmers, we are in the process of posting signs at Cove Point Beach alerting swimmers to potential dangers of swimming in open water. We encourage everyone swimming in open waters to make sure to take all necessary precautions to avoid injury.”

Citizens are asked to review the following safety information regarding rip currents:

• Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties; permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.

• If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and do not fight the current.

• Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current.

• Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore.

• If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.

• If you can’t make it to the shore, draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help.

• If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, call 911. Throw the victim something that floats – a lifejacket, cooler, inflatable ball—and yell instructions on how to escape the current.

• Always check conditions before entering the water to make sure you know of any potential hazards. Do not swim or wade in an area where conditions exist that amplify tidal currents, such as narrow points where water depths can be extreme and little if any warning exists identifying the change in water depth or the current.

For more information about water safety, please visit and select “Services” then “Public Safety”.

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