Calvert Co. Gov. News Briefs

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Division of Solid Waste, is hosting the last household hazardous waste collection day of 2013 on Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Appeal Landfill, 401 Sweetwater Road, Lusby. The event will give Calvert County residents the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous substances free of charge.

During the collection day, a licensed contractor will collect household hazardous waste for proper disposal. Collection is limited to Calvert County residents only and proof of residency, such as a tax or utility bill or driver’s license, is required. Waste from commercial businesses is prohibited.

This service ensures that Calvert County meets all state and federal requirements with regard to the safe collection of household hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste commonly found in the home includes materials such as oil-based paints, gasoline, gas/oil mix, pool chemicals, solvents, fertilizers, prescription drugs, explosives and other items usually labeled with the words “DANGER,” “TOXIC,” “POISON” or “WARNING.” These items should be separated from regular household trash and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

Latex paint, however, is not hazardous and will not be accepted at the event. Latex paint may be thrown out with regular trash once it has dried. Small amounts of latex paint can be left to dry in an open can. Larger amounts can be combined with oil absorbent, kitty litter or paint hardener until it is hard.

County residents may drop off trash and recyclables at customer convenience centers and the Appeal Landfill, including motor oil and oil filters, antifreeze, batteries, electronics, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, cooking oil, cell phones, printer cartridges, textiles and all types of light bulbs.

Hazardous waste collection days are held four times a year in Calvert County – one Saturday in March and September at the Mt. Hope Community Center and one Saturday in June and November at the Appeal Landfill.

For more information, call the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Division of Solid Waste, at 410-326-0210 or visit the Calvert County website at for a full listing of materials accepted.

Calvert County Visitor Information Centers Move to Seasonal Schedule

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, Calvert County's two visitor information centers located in Owings and Solomons will operate under seasonal hours and be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Knowledgeable staff are available at each location to provide information about local attractions, hotels, restaurants and other travel information.

The Owings center is co-located with the Fairview Library at 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd.; in Solomons, the center is located at 14175 Solomons Island Road South.

Both centers are overseen by the Department of Economic Development and managed under contract by the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce.

New Website to Obtain Information on Procurement Opportunities Related to Cove Point LNG Expansion Project

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new website to help local businesses participate in the proposed major expansion of the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility in Lusby, Md. If the project is approved it is expected to bring 3,000 jobs to Maryland at the peak of construction and promises to be one of the largest construction projects in Maryland’s history. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 with export operations in 2017.

Dominion has hired IHI/Kiewit Cove Point, a joint venture of IHI E&C and Kiewit Energy Company, as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. IHI/Kiewit Cove Point will be responsible for the EPC of the new facility. IHI/Kiewit will be providing many opportunities to local, diverse and/or small businesses in the region.

The website,, was created by IHI/Kiewit for suppliers, subcontractors, construction product retailers and local businesses that would like the opportunity to work with IHI/Kiewit on the project. It also includes information about the status of the project and contract awards. The new website is currently accepting registration for material suppliers, subcontractors and service providers that have an interest in being considered for the various opportunities at the Cove Point Project.

Information on the project can be found online at

Robertson-Slagle Joins Calvert County Department of Economic Development

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development announced that Kelly Robertson-Slagle has joined the staff as business retention specialist.

Robertson-Slagle was most recently the Southern Maryland Regional Director of the Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center at the College of Southern Maryland. She has also served as a business development specialist with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and brings with her more than 15 years of experience in business analysis, marketing, grants writing, program management and technical assistance. She has worked on a regional level in various positions and has numerous contacts at the state and local levels that will be of great value to the Department of Economic Development and the Calvert County business community. She previously held the county government position as business retention specialist from 2005 to 2011.

Robertson-Slagle holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, has completed numerous continuing education courses through the International Economic Development Council and is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association and a graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2010.

Robertson-Slagle is anxious to put her skills and experience back to work in Calvert County.

“I have a passion for community-based economic development that focuses on nurturing and supporting our local businesses,” she said.

“I am excited to re-join Calvert County’s dynamic team and to help develop strategies that will retain businesses and create new jobs and opportunities.”

“Kelly brings to the position a wealth of business knowledge and refreshing enthusiasm,” said Linda Vassallo, director of economic development. “Business retention is a critical program area for the county,” Vassallo said. “A strong local business community is critical to our economic well being and our ability to recruit new business. I am confident that Kelly’s skill set will be a tremendous asset for the county.”

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