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Maryland Department Of Health Launches Portal To Give Parents Access To Vaccination Records Online At No Cost

BALTIMORE, MD (October 18, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced a new portal that will enable Maryland residents to access vaccination records online at no cost. Users will be able to view and print official copies of their vaccination records, and those of their family members, on demand via MD.MyIR.net — without an additional request to a health care provider.     
 
“This free portal will be a great resource for all Marylanders — patients and health care practitioners alike,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “Not only is it a tool to help improve vaccination rates, but it will also help reduce the administrative burden of vaccination record requests.”  
 
“Having easy access to records is the first step in staying up-to-date on vaccinations,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Frances B. Phillips. “This portal will help empower patients to take greater control over their health.”
 
MD.MyIR.net is part of a pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer. The portal is linked to ImmuNet, the state’s immunization information system, where health care practitioners upload and store vaccination records.
 
Using a simple, one-time registration process, users can create an account via MD.MyIR.net, with the option to add family members. After the account is activated, users are able to view and print official copies of their vaccination records. The records will be accepted by schools, daycare facilities, camps, employers, state agencies and other organizations that require proof of immunization.
 
The system is HIPAA-compliant and records are only available to authorized users. For more information, visit MD.MyIR.net.

Cardin Votes to End President's Emergency Declaration for Southern Border and Override Veto

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful national emergency declaration. The president is using this declaration as a pretense to raid funding for projects supporting our military and military families to pay for the construction of his border wall, including $66.6 million in funds for projects in Maryland.

 

“I voted to end President Trump’s emergency declaration for the southern border and override his veto.  A bipartisan majority in both the House and Senate have rejected this wasteful expenditure of resources, which diverts funding that supports our service members and families.  In my own state of Maryland, the president’s actions have jeopardized the construction of a desperately needed new child development center at Joint Base Andrews, among other projects.  The president’s actions are an affront to the Constitution and separation of powers, our checks and balances, and congressional power of the purse to set appropriations levels.

 

“Congress needs to overturn this unlawful presidential declaration. Instead of trying to raid funds that have been designated for critical military construction and environmental projects, the president should work with Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.”


Low Altitude Fixed Wing Testing Events Oct. 17 through Oct. 18

Noise Advisory – Low Altitude Fixed Wing Testing Events Oct. 17 through Oct. 18
 
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the NAS Patuxent River airfield are advised that low altitude fixed wing testing events are scheduled October 17 and October 18, 2019 from 8 – 11 a.m.
 
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the Pax River toll-free Noise Hotline at 1-866-819-9028.

Fixed Wing Nighttime Testing Events Nov. 5 through Dec. 2, 2019

Noise Advisory – Fixed Wing Nighttime Testing Events Nov. 5 through Dec. 2, 2019
 
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the NAS Patuxent River airfield are advised that up to six fixed wing nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place between November 5 through December 2, 2019 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
 
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the Pax River toll-free Noise Hotline at 1-866-819-9028.

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at 7:59 p.m., the suspect entered the CVS in California on Three Notch Road and filled a bag with bottles of Loreal skin products. He then left the store without paying for them. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Phillip Henry at 301-475-4200, ext. *8012 or email phillip.henry@stmarysmd.com. Case # 58396-19
 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

SMECO'S SLATER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) president and CEO Austin J. Slater, Jr., submitted his retirement letter to the Board of Directors at the monthly board meeting held Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  
In his letter, Slater recounted his tenure as CEO for the past 17 years as rewarding. "I have proudly worked for our cooperative for more than 33 years," Slater said. "It is impossible for me to imagine my life without the time devoted, relationships made, and rewarding accomplishments I've experienced and shared with so many people here at SMECO and in the Southern Maryland community."
Scott White, Chairman of the SMECO Board of Directors, said, "Joe’s leadership of the co-op has been transformational. His impact on SMECO, our employees, our members and the Southern Maryland community has been truly noteworthy. We completed the Southern Maryland Reliability Project, installed smart meters throughout our service area, built a new engineering and operations facility, and invested in technological upgrades that benefit all of SMECO's members. It takes great leadership skills to run an organization like SMECO, and Joe has displayed courage, vision, confidence, inspiration, and dedication in his role as CEO." 
To allow time for the board to select a replacement and to ensure a smooth transition, Slater said that he would continue in his role as long as necessary, but that the process should be completed and a new CEO should be in place in about six months.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of October 7 – October 13 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,330 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Burglary: 19-59003
On October 9, 2019 Deputy Evans responded to Hill Top Drive in Port Republic for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised sometime between 11:00am and 6:00pm an unknown suspect(s) broke into their basement and stole multiple items. The value of stolen property is $9,000.
 
Theft: 19-58963
On October 9, 2019 Deputy Lewis responded to Willow Way in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between 7:30pm on October 8th and 8:00am on October 9th an unknown suspect(s) stole change from their vehicle and items from the center console were on the passenger seat. The value of stolen property is $2. 
 
Theft: 19-58975
On October 9, 2019 Deputy Lewis responded to the Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between 8:30pm on October 8th and 7:00am on October 9th an unknown suspect(s) entered their vehicle at their home on Foxtail Lane and stole money they had inside. The value of stolen property is $120.
 
Theft: 19-58992
On October 9, 2019 Deputy Parks responded to Willow Way in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that their SUV had been gone through overnight and the contents of the center console were out on the driver seat, and a Target gift card was missing. The value of stolen property is $50.
 
Arrests:
 
On October 9, 2019, Deputy Gilmore conducted a traffic stop on Horace Ward Road in Owings. The tags on the vehicle were reported stolen through the Aberdeen Police Department. The driver of the vehicle gave a false name on the scene. The driver was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was identified as Jeremy Curtis Sessoms (37). Sessoms had multiple warrants through the Calvert County and Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, as well as driving while revoked and suspended. Sessoms was charged with Theft: $100 to under $1,500, False Statement to Peace Officer, and multiple traffic citations. 
 
On October 10, 2019 Deputy Rzepkowski conducted a traffic stop on North Solomons Island Road at Chesapeake Beach Road in Owings. Calvert Emergency Communications advised the driver, Tasco Cassandra Plater (50), had an active warrant through the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Plater was detained and a search of her vehicle was conducted which resulted in a silver spoon with black burn marks and white residue. Plater was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where Correctional Deputy Anaya conducted a search of Plater which resulted in a folded dollar bill containing suspected cocaine, and a white piece of plastic containing suspected crack cocaine. Plater was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Contraband in a place of Confinement. 
 
On October 10, 2019 Deputy Parks responded to the Prince Frederick Dodge Dealership for the report of a suspicious person(s). The complainant advised there were two individuals walking around the lot with an impact drill. Upon making contact with the two suspects, Briane Baxter Kelley (24) and Cameron James Ronie (24), Deputies observed 2 Dodge Challenger rim and tire sets in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle. A search of Ronie resulted in 10 lug nuts in his back pocket, which Ronie advised belonged to the rim and tire set inside his vehicle. Deputies located a Dodge Challenger in the parking lot propped up with rocks and missing its driver side tires. Kelley and Ronie were placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were charged with Theft: $100 to under $1,500, Trespassing on Private Property, Malicious Destruction of Property > $1,000, Burglary- 4th Degree Theft, and Rogue and Vagabond. 
 
On October 11, 2019 Deputy Bowlan conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of D Street and 26th Street in Chesapeake Beach. Upon making contact with the driver and passenger, Deputy Bowlan observed an open beer can belonging to the passenger, Kenneth Wayne Sullivan (57). Calvert Emergency Communications confirmed that Sullivan had two active warrants through St. Mary’s County. Sullivan was detained and a search was conducted which resulted in a white and blue crusher with a white powdery residue. Sullivan was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On October 12, 2019 Deputy Bowlan responded to Chesapeake Lighthouse Drive in North Beach for a parking complaint. Upon arrival, Deputy Bowlan made contact with the complainant, John Brian Bubner (48), who advised his neighbor was parked in his spot. While Deputies spoke with the neighbor, Bubner became disorderly. Bubner was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Reasonable/Lawful Order of Law Enforcement. 
 
On October 12, 2019 Deputy Denton was conducting a patrol check at Calvert Village Shopping Center in Prince Frederick when he was approached by a citizen reporting an intoxicated male laying on the sidewalk of Safeway. Upon arrival, Deputy Denton observed Joseph Frank Partonen (56) lying on his back on the sidewalk with a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person and an open beverage next to him. Partonen was previously issued trespass warnings for this location in August of 2013 and July of 2017. Partonen was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing on Private Property. 

Vandalism Suspects' Identities Sought (Video)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying vandalism suspects.
 
On Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m., suspects traveling in a hatchback-type vehicle defaced traffic direction signs, advertisement signs and a large neighborhood monument entrance sign in the Columbia Colony subdivision in California.
 
Anyone with information about the suspects or this incident is asked to call Deputy Benjamin Luffey at 301-475-4200, ext. *2335 or email benjamin.luffey@stmarysmd.com. Case # 57344-19
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff
 


Update: Escapee Wanted (Photos)

Mr. Weber has been apprehended. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Jason Michael Weber, 38 of Mechanicsville. Weber is wanted on a retake warrant for escape from the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown. Weber was temporarily released from custody for medical treatment at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown when he absconded.
 
 
Weber is 5’10” and weighs 210 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.
 
Anyone with information about Weber’s location is asked to call Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or email melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Flu Vaccine Available for Citizens at Calvert County Health Department

With flu season rapidly approaching, Calvert County citizens are urged to get a flu vaccine early.
 
The flu vaccine will be available for adults by walk-in at the Calvert County Health Department beginning Oct. 15 on Tuesdays from 8:30-11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated early, as supplies are limited.
 
The Calvert County Health Department is located at 975 Solomons Island Road North in Prince Frederick.
 
The cost is $20 for the standard vaccine and $55 for a high-dose vaccine (for ages 65 and older). Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Medicare Part B are accepted. The Health Department will bill private insurance or Medicaid as appropriate. Most general practitioners and pharmacies also provide the flu vaccine.
 
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to prevent coming down with the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older.
 
Influenza cases usually begin in Calvert County in October or November with the greatest number of cases occurring in January and February. In an average year, influenza is the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. and leads to approximately 750,000 hospitalizations.
 
For more information, visit https://www.calverthealth.org/healthupdates/flunotice.htm or contact the Calvert County Health Department at 410-535-5400.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

Detectives Identify and Apprehend Suspects in Armed Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives arrested three men wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on October 1 in Waldorf. In that case, a suspect entered a market in the 10900 block of Berry Road, displayed a gun and demanded money. During the robbery, the suspect fired a round, which struck the ceiling. He fled in car with two other suspects. No one was injured. Detectives developed leads and linked the suspects to a robbery in Prince George’s County. On October 10, the suspects were located at an address in Charles County and arrested without incident. Lawrence Trequan Fields, 26, of Waldorf; Dimitrius Martaz Hamlett, 25, of White Plains; and  Quintin Marcell Johnson, 25 of La Plata, were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm during a violent crime and theft. Det. J. Long is investigating.   

Governor Hogan Statement on Education Funding

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement:
 
“Education is my top priority, which is why we have provided historically high funding five years in a row, created a lockbox to require an additional $4.4 billion investment into our schools, and proposed a $2 billion school construction investment—the largest in Maryland history. No governor has ever invested more in our schools. 
 
“I have tremendous respect for Dr. Kirwan and have supported many of his well-meaning recommendations, some of which can be phased in over the next several years. Unfortunately, the Kirwan Tax Hike Commission is hellbent on spending billions more than we can afford, and legislators are refusing to come clean about where the money is going to come from. Even after more than three years of meetings, there is still no clear plan whatsoever for how either the state or the counties will pay this massive price tag.
 
“We cannot recklessly expand the state’s deficit to $18.7 billion, as these proposals require. And we will not impose billions in crippling state and local tax increases on Marylanders.
 
“Our students, parents, and teachers deserve more accountability and better outcomes, not pie-in-the-sky unfunded spending proposals.”

Office on Aging 2020 Census Presentations Rescheduled

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Oct. 11, 2019 – The 2020 Census presentations scheduled to be hosted this month by the Calvert County Office on Aging at the North Beach and Southern Pines senior centers have been rescheduled. Both presentations by U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Lee Osberry Jr. will be held on the following dates and times:
 
·         Southern Pines Senior Center (20 Appeal Lane, Lusby)
Friday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.
 
·         North Beach Senior Center (9010 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach)
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m.
 
Citizens are encouraged to visit the Calvert County 2020 Census webpage at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Census2020 to stay up to date with upcoming census-related events in the community, as well as information on when and how 2020 Census information will be collected, its impact on the local community, why participation matters and more.
 
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to reapportion congressional representation among the states and determine how billions in federal funds are distributed to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

State Police Search For Suspect After Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash In Prince George's County

(BRANDYWINE, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating the cause of a fatal hit-and-run crash last night in Prince George’s county that left one man deceased.
 
Troopers report they are also searching for a driver who fled following the crash.
 
The deceased is identified as Terron Lamb, 24, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
 
At 8:45 p.m. troopers from the Forestville Barrack responded to a report from the Prince George’s County Police Department for a crash at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Moores Road in Brandywine.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a GMC Sierra heading eastbound on Moores Road collided with a Chevrolet Impala traveling northbound on Branch Avenue. The driver of the Chevrolet Impala was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
 
Troopers at the scene report the driver of the GMC identified as a male wearing a green shirt and black pants, fled after the crash and remains at large. Maryland State Police K9 units along with Maryland State Police Aviation Units are assisting in the search for the suspect.
 
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration assisted with road closures as Maryland State Police reconstructionists investigated the crash scene.
 
Please contact the Forestville Barrack (301)568-8101 with any suspect information. The investigation into the exact cause of the crash continues.

Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Armed Robbery of Liquor Store

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Raymund Antoine Bradford, 42, to 18 years in prison and 5 years of supervised probation for Armed Robbery and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.

 

On July 8, 2019, Bradford entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges in Charles County Circuit Court.

 

On March 21, 2018, officers responded to Drive-In Liquor in Faulkner for the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers made contact with store owner Pargat Mand, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. Mand was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

 

An investigation revealed that during the afternoon hours of March 21, Bradford entered Drive-In Liquor with a bookbag and a gun pointed towards Mand. Both Mand and Bradford walked behind the sales counter, where Bradford began placing money and cigarettes into the bookbag. During this process, Bradford’s gun fired, and a bullet struck Mand in the arm. Bradford initially continued to put cigarettes in the bookbag, but then approached Mand and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. Mand was then able to retreat to an office in the store and close the door. Bradford fled the scene soon afterward but dropped a knife in front of the store. 

 

During the course of the investigation, the recovered knife was submitted for DNA analysis, which identified Bradford as the suspect.

 

At sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney John A. Stackhouse addressed the judge, “Even after the victim gets shot, [the defendant] chose to mace him in the face. It’s cruel. It’s unnecessary. [The defendant] is violent; he’s not playing around.”


Information Needed in Home Invasion

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the community’s assistance in a recent home invasion incident.
 
On Oct. 5, 2019 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a home-invasion robbery occurred on Columbus Drive in Lexington Park. Two unknown male suspects arrived on foot and entered the victim’s residence, demanding money. The victim was assaulted, and the suspects left the residence on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Daniel Sidorowicz at 301-475-4200, ext. *8043 or email daniel.sidorowicz@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident In Lusby

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at approximately 9:04 a.m., deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of northbound MD Route 4 just south of MD Route 765 (HG Trueman Road north entrance) in Lusby, MD for a report of a single vehicle collision.  
Upon arrival, it was determined that 2009 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound on MD Route 4 and the driver lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle left the roadway and struck several trees on the east side of MD Route 4.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Denisha Rashida Stephen, a 27-year-old female, of Lusby, MD.  Stephen succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.  
At this time, vehicle speed and driver error are major contributing factors to this collision.
This collision is under investigation by Cpl. V. Bortchevsky of the Crash Reconstruction Team.  Anyone with additional information about the collision are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800 or e-mail Cpl. V. Bortchevsky at vlad.bortchevsky@calvertcountymd.gov

Dunkirk District Park Skate Park to Close Temporarily for Maintenance

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces the Dunkirk District Park skate park will close temporarily beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15 due to maintenance and repairs. The skate park will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8:30 a.m.
 
Dunkirk District Park will remain open with normal hours of operation during this time. Normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. through mid-November. For questions about the closure or additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation at 410-535-1600, ext. 2649.
 
For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

CCSO Detectives Investigating Death at Power Substation in Waldorf

DEATH INVESTIGATION: On October 9 at approximately 2 a.m., CCSO and the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded to a SMECO power substation located at the 12000 block of Substation Road in Waldorf for the report of an explosion and fire.  Representatives from SMECO responded and assisted first responders with entering the facility due to the presence of high voltage electricity. Once inside, an unidentified male was located deceased approximately two stories above the ground amongst the high voltage equipment. The power substation is surrounded by a tall chain-link fence with two gates that were secured with locks. At this time, it is unknown how the male gained entry. Detectives assigned to the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene to assume the investigation. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time. He was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. J. Long at (301) 609-6502. The investigation is ongoing.


October 8th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Charles County Board of Commissioners celebrated the opening of the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center. County Commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the milestone, a first-of-its-kind facility that combines both daytime programming for seniors and recreational activities for the community. The center is open daily and features sports courts, a fitness room, group fitness, meeting rooms, and special events held throughout the year.

 

Open Session Briefings:

Commissioners were briefed on the county’s drainage system improvement program. Staff highlighted current stormwater challenges that lead to localized flooding. The county has invested $3.2 million in capital improvement programs that are underway to address flooding concerns, including roads maintenance and drainage pipe rehabilitation projects. They discussed the process for how drainage issues are identified and addressed, but emphasized additional investments are needed to pay for a comprehensive study and implement a thorough stormwater management plan.
Commissioners received a briefing on the Charles County Fire and EMS Study. Mission Critical Partners, the consultant that conducted the study, analyzed the current volunteer structure to estimate its cost savings to the county; identified opportunities to strengthen relationships; and presented recommendations for reorganization, staffing, and financial considerations related to operations, capital, and revenue.
Commissioners received an update from representatives for Rebuilding Together, who shared statistics on project assistance they have provided through volunteer labor and donation of construction supplies. They highlighted specific home projects they are currently restoring and challenges faced in completing necessary renovations.
Commissioners reviewed the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan based upon the July 1, 2018 Actuarial Valuation Update. They received information on the employer contribution, key risks, trend in investment returns, costs, unfunded liabilities, plan provisions, and actuarial assumptions. Commissioners also received an update on the pension investments, as of June 30, 2019.
Approval Items:

Commissioners approved the following requests:

A budget transfer request of $49,700 from transportation capital outlay to the special revenue fund for the purpose of providing matching grant funds that partially pays for the cost of new VanGO services to the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center.
A reconsideration and decision to include a legislative proposal that would create a quasi-judicial body to hear and resolve disputes between a homeowners association and a homeowner.
Review and approval of an update to the Charles County Pension Plan, based on the July 1, 2018 actuarial evaluation. Prudential representatives reviewed the plan’s results, funded status, participant statistics, and actuarial funding methods and assumptions.  Commissioners also received an update on the pension investments, as of June 30, 2019.
Recognitions:

Commissioners presented a citation in honor of the United States Navy’s 244th Birthday. Employees who served in the Navy were recognized for their service, valor, and sacrifice. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners proclaimed October as Global Diversity Awareness Month and recognized employees who serve on the Emergency Services Diversity Work Group and employees who participate in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. View photo in Flickr.


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