Board Docs - November 10, 2014, Charles County Planning Commission
B. PROPOSED AMENDMENT FOR MAJOR SUBDIVISIONS IN TIERS I AND II (Draft Legisltion), Presenter: Steve Ball
Notice is hereby given that the Charles County Commissioners will hold a Public Meeting on proposed Bill No. 2014-11 (Subdivision Regulation Amendment #14-22) on November 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room located in the County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland.
The proposed amendment to the Subdivision Regulations are to revise review procedures related to the requirements for final subdivision plats.
The federal government has received, but is refusing to disclose, an urgent plan to re-test the safety of guardrails found on American highways across the country amid accusations they are dangerous to motorists.
Just under the deadline, Trinity Industries, maker of the controversial ET-Plus system, submitted plans to the government for the new tests, as 30 states have announced they’ve already banned new installations of the guardrail until it is proven safe.
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD05) announced a $1,953,630 grant today in Hughesville from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment to the state of Maryland to support economic diversification planning. The funding will be used in part to support a pilot program that will look to identify and leverage the research being done at Southern Maryland military installations for development in the private sector. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, and the Energetics Technology Center.
“I was pleased to join with the Tri-County Council, the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Energetics Technology Center in announcing this $1.9 million grant and continuing the work we’ve already begun of promoting greater diversification that will lead to economic growth and greater opportunities for Southern Maryland families,” said Congressman Hoyer. “This grant will support economic diversification planning through a pilot program to identify and leverage research being done on base for private sector growth.”
With a promised windfall from the controversial Dominion Cove Point Export Project still a few years away, Calvert County Government continues to be challenged to craft a balanced spending plan for the next fiscal year (FY).
During a Tuesday, Oct. 28 presentation, Department of Finance and Budget Director Tim Hayden reported a projected budget deficit of $9.7 million for FY 2016. The county government’s projected expenses currently total nearly $250 million. However, projected fund revenues are currently forecast at $239.2 million.
... near oil and gas sites
Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn’t go away, his wife’s hair came out in chunks and any time they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in.
They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the rural community to which they’d retired a decade ago. They blamed the gas wells all around them. But state officials didn’t investigate.
So DeTurck leapt at the chance to help with research that posed a pressing question: What’s in the air near oil and gas production sites?
Nearly 60,000 veterans were triple dippers last year, drawing a total of $3.5 billion in military retirement pay plus veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, congressional auditors report.
It’s all legal.
The average payment was about $59,000, but about 2,300 veterans, or 4 percent of the total, received concurrent payments of $100,000 or more, the Government Accountability Office said.
The U.S. federal poverty line has been determined using the same general framework since the mid-1960s. In that time, the official measure has come under criticism as an inadequate way to measure the number of people truly in need.
In 1995, a National Academy of Sciences panel made recommendations for how an alternative poverty measure could be developed. Since then, the Census Bureau has worked in partnership with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to further these recommendations. The result was the supplemental poverty measure, which produces state level poverty rates that differ considerably from the official poverty measures.
Canada’s Conservative government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of the Ebola virus.
With Friday’s decision, Canada joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.
Canada has not yet had a case of Ebola. Canadians, including health-care workers, in West Africa will be permitted to travel back to Canada, the government said.
Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of “death panels” and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama’s health care law five years ago.
The announcement came in a voluminous regulation on physician payment. It will “give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the topic,” said Medicare spokesman Aaron Albright.
Medicare will consider a change for 2016.
A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo blew apart after being released from a carrier aircraft at high altitude, said Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the accident.
A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.
The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges that the multinational company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown had failed industry tests of impermeability to blood and microbes, but it continued to claim the product provided the highest level of protection against diseases including Ebola.
Many of the gowns tested had “catastrophic” failures, according to the lawsuit, which called Kimberly-Clark’s actions “utterly reprehensible.”