Monday, January 25, 2010
North Point, Huntingtown Dominate at the SMAC Track Meet
John Hunt ― The Bay Net

The North Point boys and Girls Indoor track teams ran away with the SMAC meet at the PG Sports Complex in Landover on Saturday. The Huntingtown boys finished second and the HHS girls had a third place showing.

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Governor Martin O’Malley Announces Legislative Agenda to Create Jobs, Strengthen Small Businesses

Agenda includes legislation to provide immediate tax relief to small businesses, keep Maryland families in their homes, protect children from predators, fuel green innovation, and improve the nation’s best public school system

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 25, 2010) –Governor Martin O’Malley submitted his legislative agenda today, focusing on strengthening small businesses and creating jobs to bring Maryland through the national recession.  The Governor also proposed additional protections for Maryland families facing foreclosure, and specific reforms to further improve the nation’s number one public school system.  And the Governor’s energy agenda focuses on fueling innovation to create green jobs, and position Maryland as a national leader in renewable resources.

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Opportunity to Provide Written Comment or Request an Informational Hearing
Maryland Independent

The Water Management Administration is reviewing the following applications for State Wetland Licenses, Private Wetland Permits and/or Water Quality Certifications.
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200963137/10-WL-0369: Chiaramonte, Francis P. has applied to emplace 500 linear feet of stone revetment extending a maximum of 20 feet channelward of mean high water line, emplace 1800 linear feet of stone breakwaters extending a maximum of 80 feet channelward of mean high water line, and emplace 1400 feet of living shoreline extending a maximum of 50 feet channelward of mean high water. The purpose of the project is shoreline erosion control. For more information contact Jonathan Stewart at 410- 537-3059 or jstewart@mde.state.md.us. The project is located at 9505 Blossom Point Road in Welcome, Maryland on Nanjemoy Creek in Charles County.

200963218/10-WL-0437: Bridgett, Mel / Aqualand Marina has applied to mechanically dredge 1 area 210 linear feet by 50 feet wide to - 6.5 foot depth at mean low water in the Aqualand Marina, transport approximately 2,265 cubic yards of dredge material to the approved upland disposal site located on the Aqualand Marina property in Charles County and provide for periodic maintenance dredging for six years. The purpose of the project is to provide navigable access to Aqualand Marina. For information contact Jonathan Stewart at 410-537-3059 or jstewart@mde.state.md.us. The project is located in the Aqualand Marina on the Potomac River near the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Toll Bridge in Charles County.

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Pepco Opens Electric Vehicle Charging Station
WJLA-TV (ABC 7)

Pepco officials have opened two electric vehicle charging stations in Washington, the first of 10 the utility says it plans across its coverage area.

Pepco says other stations are planned in Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey.

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Obama to announce aid for middle class
JULIE PACE ― WTOP

President Barack Obama is set to announce a series of economic initiatives aimed at helping struggling middle class families.

The proposals, to be announced Monday, include a doubling of the child care tax credit, caps on student loan payments, and aid for families taking care of elderly relatives. The plan would also offer retirement savings options for workers who don’t get an employer-based plan.

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What’s up with this?

Did anyone notice the Board of Zoning and Appeals has two new members (Natalie Sneed McKinney and Jean Ann Schappet) and Ken Robinson is still an Alternate?  Standard operating procedure usually has the alternate filling a seat when it becomes vacant.

What’s up with that?

The Quack 02:05 PM | (3) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Md. bill: No strip searches for minor violations
WTOP

Maryland police would be prohibited from strip searching people suspected of some misdemeanors and minor traffic offenses, under legislation proposed by a Baltimore County lawmaker.
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The bill provides exceptions if officers have a reasonable, fact-based suspicion that the individual may be concealing drugs or weapons.

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Home sales plunge nearly 17 percent in December after tax credit deadline extended
ALAN ZIBEL ― Baltimore Sun

Sales of previously occupied homes took the largest monthly drop in more than 40 years last month, sinking more dramatically than expected after lawmakers gave buyers additional time to use a tax credit.

The report reflects a sharp drop in demand after buyers stopped scrambling to qualify for a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homeowners. It had been due to expire on Nov. 30. But Congress extended the deadline until April 30 and expanded it with a new $6,500 credit for existing homeowners who move.
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The report “places a large question mark over whether the recovery can be sustained when the extended tax credit expires,” wrote Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics.

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Volunteers Sought to Educate Students about the Chesapeake Bay, Environmental Issues
The Bay Net

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking interested adults to become TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) volunteers. “Our volunteers’ mission is to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland environmental issues,” said TEAM DNR Coordinator Amy Henry.

Since its inception in 1998, TEAM DNR volunteers have delivered 1,000 classroom programs to more than 30,000 students in Maryland.

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Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Raw Sewage Spills into Local Tributary
The Bay Net

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Charles County Department of Utilities and the Charles County Health Department report that an accidental sewage overflow occurred at the main pump station serving the Swan Point WWTP in Newburg.

According to the Department of Utilities, the pump station problem was a result of a failure in a circuit board controlling the station’s pumps, which resulted in the overflow. The overflow entered into a tributary to Matthews Cove near the Swan Point golf course. Initial investigation by the Department’s staff indicates that, based on station records, the volume of raw sewage discharge may be as high as 90,000 gallons.

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Briefing/Introduction: Bill Number 2010-01 Zoning Text Amendment #09-109 - Minimum Square Footage

Board Docs -  Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting - TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010

1.16 [2:45 p.m.] Briefing/Introduction: Bill Number 2010-01 Zoning Text Amendment #09-109 - Minimum Square Footage (Mr. Chuck Beall/Mr. Steve Ball, PGM)

Bill 2010_10 Minimum Housing Square Footage ZTA.pdf

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Briefing:  Proposed changes to the Stormwater Management Ordinance

Board Docs -  Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting - TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010

1.15 [2:00 p.m.] Briefing: Proposed changes to the Stormwater Management Ordinance to include Environmental Site Design and Drainage Ordinance (Mr. Chuck Beall, Director of PGM, Ms. Karen Wiggen, Planner, Mr. Robert Harrington, SWM Engineer, and Mr. Michael Clar, P.E., Ecosite, Inc., Project Consultant)

CCCo_ESDManual_Appendix_B4.pdf

CC-ESD Final_Body

ESD_SWM Ord Briefing Final

ESDManual_Cover.pdf

MDEComments to Draft SWM Ord

MNCBIA RESPONSE.pdf

Response to MDE

SD Ord Final Latest.pdf

SWM 3 Step Review Process.pdf

SWM ORD draft_C Verson.pdf

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Local homes with Chinese drywall to set bar for remediation
Josh Brown ― Virginian-Pilot

Richard Serpe paced behind his desk, a wireless telephone headset affixed to his ear as he discussed courtroom strategies with other attorneys.

For months the Norfolk lawyer has worked with scientists and contractors, cutting holes in walls in seven Virginia homes, testing corrosion, and developing estimates for what it will take to remediate homes that contain drywall made in China.

The product emits a noxious gas that, government agencies have found, apparently corrodes electrical appliances, and some homeowners contend that it causes illness.

Read more...

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Thousands of vets could get benefits upgrade
KIMBERLY HEFLING ― Virginian-Pilot

The military has agreed to expedite a review the records of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder to determine whether they were improperly denied benefits.

The agreement stems from a judge’s order in a class action lawsuit originally filed by seven combat veterans who alleged the military illegally denied health care and other benefits to those discharged because of the disorder during a six-year period that ended Oct. 14, 2008.

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Couple finds Thomas Jefferson letter at Old Town Alexandria’s American Legion
Anne Miller ― Washington Post

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What makes the Old Town discovery special, one historian says, is that the note sheds light on Jefferson’s private life during his chaotic last year as the nation’s third president.

“It’s a nice, personal interlude in a life that is very difficult for him,” said Barbara Oberg, a historian and professor at Princeton University who serves as the general editor of a massive project compiling every one of Jefferson’s papers into more than 50 volumes. “The personal notes are rarer than the presidential notes.”

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