Sunday, January 25, 2015
Living shorelines rising up to offset effects of higher sea levels
Leslie Middleton ― Bay Journal

Most of the shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay’s tidal reaches is composed of highly erodible soils — and it’s also mostly privately owned.

The question of what to do about the effects of sea level rise hits many waterfront property owners right in their own backyards as valuable real estate is lost to higher tides and storm surges are amplified by rising sea levels and a changing climate.

Until recently, the options for homeowners were limited — and decidedly of the brute force variety. Steel vertical bulkheads and stone riprap have been the choice of thousands who wanted immediate control of erosion.

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Worcester County considering new hockey arena
Brian Shane ― DelmarvaNow

County in talks with Maryland Stadium Authority about possibility of multipurpose arena outside Ocean City

Worcester County officials are talking about the possibility of building a multipurpose arena to lure a minor-league hockey team to the area.

It’s too early to say exactly where the arena might be built, or how much it would cost, according to Economic Development Director Bill Badger. Any such facility likely would be a public-private partnership, he said. A stadium-style arena also could host concerts, convention groups and youth sports, among other possibilities.

The project was pitched by Hat Trick Consultants, a firm based in Grapevine, Texas. They reached out to Worcester County last summer about the possibility of building a 6,200-seat facility outside Ocean City to attract a minor-league hockey franchise.

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Maryland Preservation Plan 2014

Maryland Preservation Plan 2014 Appendixes

PreserveMaryland, the Statewide Preservation Plan 2014-2018

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Senior House Republican says housing finance reform ‘huge priority’

A top U.S. Republican lawmaker will revisit a plan to reduce government involvement in the country’s housing finance system, and expects Senate colleagues to be receptive to potential changes, according to an interview aired on C-SPAN on Sunday.

Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Committee on Financial Services, said shepherding legislation to remove a government backstop for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be a “huge priority,” adding that he is willing to compromise to get a bill passed.

“We’ve got to get off that boom-bust-bailout cycle, and I fear that under government control, we are once again repeating the same mistakes of the past,” he said.

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Colorado seeks federal permission for state colleges to grow marijuana
John Ingold ― The Denver Post

Colorado has made an unusual plea to federal authorities: Let our colleges grow pot.

In a letter sent last month, the state attorney general’s office asks federal health and education officials for permission for Colorado’s colleges and universities to “obtain marijuana from non-federal government sources” for research purposes.

The letter isn’t more specific on how the state’s higher-education institutions might score weed. But it was sent pursuant to a law passed in 2014 requiring state officials to ask that Colorado colleges and universities be allowed “to cultivate marijuana and its component parts.”

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Pentagon bureaucracy grows as troops are cut
Tara Copp ― Washington Examiner

In the last several years, the Pentagon has brought more than 165,000 soldiers home from combat. It has shaved the end strength of each service, and it has put needed maintenance and modernization of its warships and aircraft on hold to scrape up the savings to meet sequester cuts.

So why does its back office keep growing?

“It makes no sense,” Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told the Washington Examiner. In the initial response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “we grew the force and we grew the civilian support.” So it would make sense that as active duty forces drawdown, so would the staff managing them.

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Obama proposes to fund tailored medical research
Robert Pear ― Boston Globe

President Obama will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for a new initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic and other characteristics of individual patients, administration officials say.

The proposal, mentioned briefly in his State of the Union address, will be described in greater detail in his budget in the coming weeks. The effort is likely to receive support from members of both parties, lawmakers said.

“This is an incredible area of promise,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, a gastroenterologist. “There will be bipartisan support.”

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Commissary hours would be cut under draft budget proposal
Karen Jowers ― NavyTimes

Many commissaries would have to cut their hours and days of operation — as much as two days a week, in some cases — under a draft Defense Department budget document that details proposed reductions in the commissary budget for fiscal 2016.

The draft document obtained by Military Times presents various options for the Defense Commissary Agency to meet a DoD mandate to come up with $322 million in annual savings — nearly one-fourth of DeCA’s annual baseline budget of $1.4 billion.

Those options are under discussion as defense officials work to finalize their fiscal 2016 budget request to Congress, scheduled to be sent to Capitol Hill in early February. Because plans are still in flux and no final decisions have been made, a A DoD spokesman declined to comment. One source said discussions are already ongoing about changes to some of the commissary proposals outlined in the document.

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Approval Items

Board Docs - Jan 27, 2015 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

2.07 [9:45 a.m.] Approval Items

PGM.FloodPlain.AgendaReq.pdf (42 KB)

Debt Refunding.AgendaReq.pdf (47 KB)


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New Employee Introductions, Years of Service Awards, Employee of the Quarter

Board Docs - Jan 27, 2015 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

2.04 [9:10 a.m.] New Employee Introductions, Years of Service Awards, Employee of the Quarter

EOQ - 2014.Oct.Nov.Dec.pdf (739 KB)

December. Years of Service.pdf (230 KB)

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Vision for Prince George’s Regional Medical Center waits, and waits, on Maryland regulators
Tina Reed ― Washington Business Journal

But so far, the dreams for that mall property have remained only that, and what was expected to be a 259-bed hospital operating in 2017 now likely won’t open until 2018.

The hospital’s board approved a deal last year to build a hospital on the site and even recently hired an architect. But the proposal has languished, because the new hospital — a partnership between Dimensions Health System and the University of Maryland Medical System — is still awaiting an OK from health care regulators. The Certificate of Need is the process regulators use to approve or deny certain health care investments in Maryland, but it has taken an unusually long amount of time for this one.

An official from the Maryland Health Care Commission said the process was so extended in part because regulators have been waiting on some answers from the partners in the Prince George’s project since March 2013.

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2015 Visitors Guide Shows Why Calvert County is the “Charm of the Chesapeake”
Southern Maryland News Net

The 2015 Calvert County Visitors Guide is now available. Use the Visitors Guide to find information on shopping, restaurants and visitor attractions like Breezy Point Beach & Campground, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Calvert Marine Museum, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, the Patuxent Wine Trail and many other places of interest.

The guide also features contact information and details on charter boating, marinas, boat ramps, campgrounds, golf courses, antique stores, accommodations and biking/hiking trails as well as a listing of major events throughout the year. Whether you come to comb for shark’s teeth or tour a historic church and one-room school house, discover amazing adventures and unspoiled beauty in Southern Maryland’s Calvert County.

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EPA Expects One Million Public Comments on Pending “Waters of the US” Rule
Les Knapp ― Maryland Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NAC0) reported in a January 21 teleconference update that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has processed close to 900,000 public comments on its proposed “Waters of the United States” definitional rule change to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and expects that total to reach nearly 1 million by the time EPA finishes.  The public comment period to respond has now closed.

NACo stated that EPA intends to release a final rule by April 2015 but members of both the United States House of Representatives and Senate plan to introduce legislation to negate the proposed rule and force EPA and the United States Army Corps of Engineers to work with the states and write a new rule.

There will be a bicameral hearing on the state and local implications of the proposed rule on February 4 at 10 AM at the House Visitors Center of the United States Capitol.  NACo intends to provide county witnesses.

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Frontages: A city’s smallest part but greatest asset
Steve Mouzon ― Better Cities & Towns

They’re the thinnest and smallest of a city’s elemental parts, but “frontages,” a geeky planning word for the space between the front windows and doors of a building and a civic space or thoroughfare, do more to create or kill value in most cities than any other part of the city. Rarely more than a couple dozen feet deep, and often as thin as a few inches, the total acreage of frontages in a traditionally-planned town is less than that of thoroughfares, and is tiny compared to civic spaces and building lots, which are the other three elemental parts. Yet they make the greatest difference in the vitality and sustainability of the city.

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Homeland Security watchdog protests TSA censorship of airport security report
Mark Tapscott ― Washington Examiner

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth is protesting the censorship by Transportation Security Administration officials of portions of a report by his investigators on airport security that is critical of the censors.

Roth’s staff reviewed the security controls for the federal government’s information technology systems at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Their report was censored in multiple places by TSA officials who classified the offending material as Sensitive Security Information. The SSI classification puts the affected passages off-limits to the public.

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