Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Local Nonprofits, Businesses Needed to Assist with Plumbing Program

The Department of Community Services Housing Authority is soliciting local nonprofit agencies and businesses to assist eligible homeowners without indoor plumbing. Assistance is needed to help homeowners through the application process and construction phase of the Economic Development Initiative Grant Plumbing Program. The program is designed to assist low-income homeowners in Charles County obtain indoor plumbing for their principal residence.

A kickoff meeting for local nonprofits and businesses will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at New Life Church (9690 Shepherds Creek Place, La Plata).

Through this newly structured program, local nonprofit agencies and businesses will have the opportunity to act as advocates for eligible homeowners, provide homeowners with assistance through the application process, and work with contractors to complete necessary construction/repairs. Participating nonprofit agencies and businesses may be awarded up to $2,000 for each referral of a homeowner that successfully completes the program.

"I am delighted that we are bringing together local nonprofits and businesses to provide these needed services. By serving these homeowners and helping them improve their quality of life, we will change lives. We are proud to be a part of this phenomenal initiative," said Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly.

For more information, call 301-934-9305 or visit

Charles County Holiday Trail Keeps Tradition Alive this Christmas

The Charles County Holiday Trail will offer locals and visitors alike an opportunity to get into the spirit of Christmas, while visiting 10 county landmarks. Two contemporary sites and eight historic sites will be open to the public. The Holiday Trail is open from Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8. Admission costs, dates, and times vary with location. For more information and a detailed schedule, visit

The following are featured Charles County locations:

-- African American Heritage Society (7485 Crain Highway, La Plata): Come out to the Heritage Christmas event and bring non-perishable food for Southern Maryland Food Bank.

-- Charles County Fair: Kris Kringle Christmas Market (8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata): Enjoy holiday music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats.

-- Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum (3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf): Step into the Victorian era, as well as visit Santa Claus, take in Christmas decorations, enjoy a superb collection of antique dolls, and sample a variety of sweet Christmas goodies.

-- Friendship House (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata): Visit the house for a tour, cider, cookies, and a closer look at one of Southern Maryland's historic treasures.

-- Mattawoman Creek Art Center (2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury): Stop by for cocoa, holiday treats, music, and one-of-a-kind gifts.

-- Mount Aventine, Chapman State Park (3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head): Come enjoy the house, refreshments, nature walks, and the sounds of the season with performances from various music groups over the course of its two-day holiday celebration.

-- Mount Carmel of Port Tobacco (5678 Mount Carmel Road, La Plata) Visit the historic building, the chapel built in 1954 by the "Restorers," and a new gift shop that has many seasonal items for sale.

-- Port Tobacco Courthouse (Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco Village) Drop by for light refreshments and learn more about the facts and legends of Port Tobacco.

-- Smallwood Retreat House (2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury) Indulge yourself in hot cider and cookies around the fire while Revolutionary War interpreters outfitted in period clothing provide a "taste" of life during the War for Independence.

-- Thomas Stone National Historic Site (6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco) Enjoy a candlelight tour through the restored Haberdeventure conducted by costumed staff who will discuss the life of the Stone family during the midst of the revolution.

For information about locations on the Holiday Trail, please visit For additional information about the event, contact Ms. Catherine Carroll at 301-396-5819, or by email at CarollC(at) Those citizens with special needs please contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

2014 Charles County Planning Commission Meeting Schedule

The Planning Commission consists of seven citizens appointed by the Charles County Commissioners. The Planning Commission is charged with implementation, rezoning requests, approval authority for subdivision of a property in the county, and developing and recommending a comprehensive plan for the county to adopt.

The 2014 Charles County Compensation Commission meeting dates are as follows:

-- Monday, Jan. 6 and 27

-- Monday, Feb. 10 and 24

-- Monday, March 10 and 24

-- Monday, April 7 and 21

-- Monday, May 5 and 19

-- Monday, June 2 and 16

-- Monday, July 7 and 21

-- Monday, Aug. 4 and 18

-- Monday, Sept. 8 and 22

-- Monday, Oct. 6 and 20

-- Monday, Nov. 10 and 24

-- Monday, Dec. 8 and 22

Meetings will be held at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata) in the County Commissioners' Meeting Room at 6 p.m.

All dates are tentative until an agenda is published. Please note that meetings may be cancelled at any time, due to severe weather or lack of a quorum.

For additional information, contact Ms. Theresa Pickeral at 301-638-2409, or PickerTh(at) Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

The Charles County Planning Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2, has been canceled.

Planning Commission meetings are generally held on the first and third Mondays of every month, unless otherwise noted. The next regular meeting of the Planning Commission is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' meeting room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).

For more information, contact Ms. Theresa Pickeral, Clerk to the Planning Commission, at 301-645-0638 or PickerTh(at) Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Fiscal 2013 Annual Report Now Available

The Charles County Commissioners announced that the Fiscal 2013 Annual Report to the Citizens of Charles County is available online. The annual report may be viewed and/or downloaded at

The 2013 Annual Report provides a summary of the County Commissioners' legislative actions during fiscal 2013, budget highlights, completed projects, photos, and important messages from the Commissioners.

Printed copies of the Fiscal 2013 Annual Report (one per household) are available upon request. If you wish to receive a printed copy, send your request to Ms. Donna Fuqua, Public Information Specialist, by email at FuquaD(at), or by phone at 301-885-2779. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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