St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

St. Mary's County Seeks Land for New Waterfront Public Landing

St. Mary's County residents, who may be interested in either donating or selling suitable land for public recreational use, are asked to contact the Department of Recreation Parks.

St. Mary's County is interested in obtaining land along the Patuxent River for a new waterfront public landing (minimum 5 acres in size). The land is needed to provide a public boat ramp, pier, parking and picnic area. Any property presented for consideration should meet the following requirements:

-- Must be waterfront land along the Patuxent River (in the Fifth or Sixth Election Districts)

-- Must be easily accessible by County or State roads

-- At least 50% of the land should be cleared and/or reasonably flat

-- Must have zoning which allows development of a park/public boating facility

-- The soils must be suitable for developing the desired amenities

-- Must have clear title and any outstanding liens or encumbrances must be satisfied by the owner prior to settlement

-- The property must be free of boundary disputes or restrictive easements

-- The property must be clear of environmental hazards

Property owner interested in donating or selling land to the County for a public waterfront landing, and which meets these criteria, should contact Brian Loewe, St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks Director, at (301) 475-4200 ext. 1812.

Volunteers Needed for Boards, Committees and Commissions

Citizens looking for an opportunity to take a more active role in the community can do so by serving on one of the various volunteer boards, committees and commissions.

The St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners is reaching out to any citizen interested in volunteering their time to the community. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and membership applications are available on the County's website at All applications must include a resume.

Some of the boards and commissions which are in need of volunteers are:

-- Commission on Aging

-- Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board

-- Ethics Commission

-- Recreation and Parks Board

-- Human Relations Commission

-- Social Services Board

-- Zoning Board of Appeals

-- Wicomico Shores Golf Course Board

The following boards have special membership requirements. Citizens should specify which position they are applying for and ensure their resume reflects their qualifications for that specific position.

-- Commission for People with Disabilities: Representatives needed from Abilities Network and CSM

-- Electrical Examiners Board: Licensed Electrician

-- Family Violence: Person sought as an Advocate

Interested citizens can download an application from the aforementioned website or call 301-475-4200 ext. 1700.

Residents Urged to Prepare for and participate in Great Southeast ShakeOut

The St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services & Technology Emergency encourages all citizens to register and participate in the GREAT SOUTHEAST SHAKEOUT. The states of Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will participate in the earthquake drill.

The drill is scheduled to take place October 17 at 10:17 a.m. Similar to other drills, a signal will be broadcast on NOAA tone-alert weather radios and broadcast media. Once the signal goes out, all participants should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if a major earthquake is occurring. Participants should stay in that position for at least 60 seconds.

To register go to and include the total number of people who will participate. Private citizens, schools, businesses, universities and many other groups in our state have already registered on the main ShakeOut site. Resources to help you with earthquake planning are available for download on the site where you register.

Between 1758 and 1987 Maryland experienced 22 minor earthquakes. However, from January 1990 through December 1996, Maryland experienced 35 small tremors-1 in Harford County, 2 in Cecil County, 3 in Baltimore County, and 29 in Howard County. In only seven years, the number of known earthquakes in Maryland more than doubled.

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