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Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Sept. 13 Board of Appeals Meeting Canceled

The Charles County Board of Appeals meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13 is canceled.

Board of Appeals meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, unless otherwise noted, in the Commissioners' meeting room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore St., La Plata). The next regular meeting of the Board of Appeals is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

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

County to Launch National Citizen Survey This Month

Select households to receive invitation by mail

Charles County Government is partnering with National Research Center, Inc. to conduct the National Citizen Survey™ (NCS™). The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and resident use of services. The NCS™ is designed to provide a baseline of how Charles County Government is serving residents, to better gauge perceptions of the county, and to make comparisons with peer local government agencies.

"The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our residents the highest quality service possible," said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy. "The National Citizen Survey will help us to identify what we are doing well, and how we can continue to improve our service to the community."

"It is important for county governments to benchmark successes and programs with their residents. By participating in the National Citizen Survey, our county is continuing to strive towards a more effective and efficient government," said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff.

A random and scientific sample of 1,500 households will receive invitations by mail to participate in the NCS™. Residents are encouraged to look for a postcard invitation in the coming weeks. Responses are confidential.

Residents who do not receive invitations will have the opportunity to participate at a later date via online portal. When the link for the online survey is available, information will be provided on the Charles County Government website at

About The National Citizen Survey:

The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™) was among the first scientific surveys developed to gather resident opinion on a range of community issues, and has been used in more than 350 jurisdictions across 46 states. The NCS™ is a high-quality cost-effective scientific survey of resident opinion and an important benchmarking tool that allows for comparison among communities. Communities using The NCS™ have reported that the tool helped improve performance, strengthen communications with community stakeholders, and identify clear priorities for use in goal and budget setting.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Sept. 3

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m.—3 p.m.

Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.

Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener, or sawdust to aid in drying it out.

Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2016 collection dates are: Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3.

For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Public Library Partners with Hoopla Digital

Library card-holders can instantly access free movies, music, eBooks, and more

The Charles County Public Library is happy to announce that movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics are available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital (

Charles County library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles—from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers—available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

"We are an integral resource for our community," Executive Director of the Charles County Public Library Janet Salazar said." This is done through strategic partnerships like our new relationship with Hoopla Digital, which enables our community members to instantly stream thousands of new titles to their devices. The easy-to-use interface and elimination of late fees enables us to satisfy all of our patron's needs in a modern way."

For more information visit or contact your local library branch:

• La Plata: 301-934-9001

• Waldorf West: 301-645-1395

• Potomac: 301-375-7375

• P.D. Brown Memorial: 301-645-2864

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Charles County Government September Holiday Schedule

The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of September. All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.

Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day):

• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.

• The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will be closed.

• Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the entire week, Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10.

• VanGO services will not be operating.

• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, and all school based community centers are closed.

• All indoor pools will be open 1 p.m.—9 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point).

• Charles County Public Library is closed from Saturday, Sept. 3—Monday, Sept. 5.

• Charles County Health Department is closed.

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Commissioners Meeting Agendas for Aug. 23 and 24

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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