Monday, October 17, 2011
Work Session/Introduction: Bill Number 2011-13 Grants

Board Docs - Oct 18, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.07 [2:30 p.m.] (VOTE) Work Session/Introduction: Bill Number 2011-13 Grants (Ms. Barbara Holtz, Acting County Attorney)

Grants Legislation.pdf (301 KB)

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County Business: New CCG Website

Board Docs - Oct 18, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.06 [2:15 p.m.] County Business: New CCG Website (Ms. Deborah Hudson, Director/Ms. Evelyn Jacobson, Acting Chief of IT, Department of Fiscal & Administrative Services)

ccgwebsite_powerpoint.pdf (5,682 KB)

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Work Session/Briefing: Low Voltage Motorized Vehicles

Board Docs - Oct 18, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.04 [1:30 p.m.] (VOTE) Work Session/Briefing: Low Voltage Motorized Vehicles (Cobb Island)(Mr. Bill Stephens, Director, Emergency Services/Ms. Amanda Hill Gibson, Assistant County Attorney)

Slow Moving Vehicles Safety Campaign.pdf (270 KB)

2011-73 Low Speed Vehicles on Cobb Island Resolution.pdf (155 KB)

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Briefing: VANGo Pavillion

Board Docs - Oct 18, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.03 [1:00 p.m.] Briefing: VANGo Pavillion (Ms. Eileen Minnick/Mr. Jeff Barnett, Department of Community Services)

VanGO Presentation.pdf (2,801 KB)

MTA 906 Service Eff. 11-7-11.pdf (316 KB)

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Presentation: Auditor’s Risk Assessment

Board Docs - Oct 18, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.02 [12:30 p.m.] (VOTE) Presentation: Auditor’s Risk Assessment (Mr. Joe Freiburger, SC&H Consultants)

CCG_Internal_Audit_Universe_and_risk_factors_2.pdf (20 KB)

Power Point Chas Cty Govnt Internal Audit_Plan-FY2012.pdf (310 KB)

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Baltimore judge launching nonprofit to help support drug courts
Glynis Kazanjian ― Daily Record

A Baltimore judge who set up the state’s first drug court is trying to launch a nonprofit group to help support the services for drug addicts like Clinton Worrell, on heroin for 20 years.

“The program helped me get back to being a person and not an animal,” said Worrell, 46, of Baltimore. This month he will graduate from adult drug court and move to New Jersey to begin work at Campbell’s Soup Co., “hopefully in shipping and handling.”

Maryland District Court Judge Jamey Hueston founded the state’s first adult drug treatment court in Baltimore 17 years ago. The program offers habitual law-breaking drug addicts the choice of entering a voluntary, long-term drug rehabilitation program run by the court over going to prison.

The program has graduated 1,000 drug addicts since it began in 1994. Most of its participants have been addicted to heroin or cocaine for 10 to 30 years. Many have lost contact with their families, become homeless and committed crimes to feed their daily habit, which Hueston says can cost $50 to $250 per day.

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Study: Incinerator energy more polluting than coal

An environmental group says Maryland is rapidly becoming the nation’s capital for waste-to-energy plants which are more polluting than coal-fired plants.

The Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project released its report Thursday. It says Maryland has three waste-to-energy plants permitted or under development and two in operation.

The group says its data shows the Maryland’s two largest incinerators create more pollution per hour of energy generation than each of the state’s four largest coal-fired plants. The plants are Baltimore’s Wheelabrator incinerator and the Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility in Dickerson.

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Teens get a high-tech distracted driving lesson
WTOP

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The teens got into the driver’s seat of a real car, that was hooked into a virtual reality simulator. They put on goggles to get the virtual reality view ahead of them, and used their cell phones to type text messages. It’s all part of the programing for teens from across the country who are attending the National Organizations for Youth Safety National Distracted Driving Summit in Arlington.
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He says texting increases your risk of crashing more than 23 times. That’s equivalent to the risk of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.16, double the legal limit.

Even if you just look down to read a text message, at highway speeds you can travel more than 100 feet each second - that’s a football field every three seconds.

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Vincent Gray campaign under vigorous federal scrutiny
Nikita Stewart ― Washington Post

Federal investigators digging into irregularities in the campaign of Mayor Vincent C. Gray have interviewed several of his associates and election staff members, subpoenaed reams of documents, and granted immunity to at least one witness who testified before a grand jury, according to nearly a dozen people familiar with the probe.

The criminal probe began after onetime mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown alleged in March that he was paid by the Gray campaign to disparage then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty during last year’s Democratic primary. Brown also claims that the Gray campaign promised him a city job in return for his political attacks on Fenty.

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Obama allies’ interests collide over Keystone pipeline
Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson ― Washington Post

In May, environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben — pondering a simmering energy issue — asked a NASA scientist to calculate what it would mean for the Earth’s climate if Canada extracted all of the petroleum in its rich Alberta oil sands region.

The answer to McKibben’s query came a month later: It would push atmospheric carbon concentrations so high that humans would be unable to avert a climate disaster. “It is essentially game over,” wrote James E. Hansen, who heads NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is one of the nation’s leading voices against fossil fuel energy.

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Walden Invites Participants to “Recovery Discovery Walk”
The Bay Net

Walden Sierra hopes to kick-off an ongoing celebration of the lived experience of recovery from addiction and/or trauma on Saturday, October 22nd, when the organization will host the first Recovery Walk in St. Mary’s County in Leonardtown.  This event features an easy ¾ mile walk accessible to all mobility levels and suitable for pets, strollers or wheelchairs.  We encourage participants of all ages, and pets on a leash are welcome!  In addition to the walk, the event includes an Open Mic session for participants to speak about the life and work of recovery or to honor others who struggling to overcome addictive disease or traumatic experiences.  The morning will also include art-making activities and a light breakfast. 

There is no cost to participate in this event, although donations are gratefully accepted and are tax deductible.  Event t-shirts are available with a minimum donation of $5.  Any proceeds raised beyond the cost of the event will benefit Walden’s crisis and recovery support services or recovery community initiatives.  Walden is a community-based behavioral health non-profit that has served the community since 1973.  Walden sites include the Anchor Treatment Center, Compass Half-Way House and Hope Place of Walden.

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Cardin Joins Senate Colleagues to Introduce Bill…
The Bay Net

...to Support First Responders

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have introduced legislation to strengthen and improve a federal program that provides an important safety net for first responders who are killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. 

The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act was first enacted in 1976, and provides benefits for certain survivors of public safety officers who die or are disabled as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty.  The law, however, excludes certain classes of safety officers and trainees.  The legislation will fill these gaps and further strengthen the important program, in addition to making some needed improvements to the administration of the program.

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Senators protective of potato in face of USDA limits
Gregory Korte and Fredreka Schouten ― USA TODAY

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to limit how many starchy potatoes American schoolchildren eat each week as part of the federal school lunch program, beginning next year.

A bipartisan group of senators from potato states such as Maine, Idaho and Colorado says the USDA proposal is half-baked, and lawmakers will try to block the rule Monday with an amendment to the 2012 agriculture spending bill.

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Cellphone users will be warned before hitting plan limits
Mike Snider ― USA TODAY

A deal between the government and the wireless industry, to be announced today, will give users of cellphones and other mobile devices warnings before they exceed monthly talk, text or data limits.

At least two of the alerts, which also include one for international roaming charges, will be implemented within 12 months, all within 18 months, under the member guidelines adopted by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association and prompted by the Federal Communications Commission. CTIA members cover 97% of U.S. wireless customers.

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Open Thread - October 17, 2011

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