Saturday, July 04, 2015
Approval Items

Board Docs - Jul 07, 2015 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.05 [9:20 a.m.] Approval Items

A-Commissioners’ Agenda Request FORM INTERNAL.pdf (169 KB)

FAS.GFOA Certificate Agenda Req.pdf (137 KB)

ED Incentive Fund Agenda Req.pdf (8 KB)

CSM Pettition.pdf (2,029 KB)

HarryNiceBridge.BruceGartner.Letter.pdf (238 KB)

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Briefing and Request for Approval: Purchase Development Rights Program Purchase Price Cap

Board Docs - Jul 07, 2015 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.08 [9:50 a.m.] Briefing and Request for Approval: Purchase Development Rights Program Purchase Price Cap ( Mr. Charles Rice, Program Manager, Planning & Growth Management)

Decision Paper (Purchase of Development Rights 2015).pdf (827 KB)

Letter of Recommendation from the Land Preservation Board FY 2016.pdf (595 KB)

PDR Bill Signed Nov 2014.pdf (2,016 KB)

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Charles County Economic Development - Economic Development News


July 2015

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Department of Health Investigating Possible Rabid Raccoon
Charles County Government

On July 2, a Charles County sheriff killed a raccoon in the vicinity of 1014 St Paul’s Drive, Waldorf. This animal had been trapped under a box for an extended period of time. Neighbors in the area reported that the animal approached domestic pets and behaved in an erratic manner.  It is presumed that the raccoon was rabid. If you believe you may have had contact with this raccoon please call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office 301-932-2222 or Mark Williams Charles County Department of Health, Environmental Services at 240-299-8597.

Rabies is a disease of animals and people, and the virus is spread through the saliva of a rabid animal. This usually occurs when a rabid animal bites or scratches another person or animal, but secondary exposure can occur from saliva off of the coat or fur of an animal that was exposed to a rabid animal. The virus may get into the body through open cuts or wounds, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Domesticated animals like dogs, cats, and ferrets can get rabies from wild animals such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, opossums. Getting your pets vaccinated against rabies will prevent this from happening.

A current rabies vaccination for your pet is vital in light of the current evidence of rabies in the area.  Your local veterinary clinic or the Humane Society of Charles County can help assess your pet(s). For further information regarding rabies visit the Department of Health website at www.charlescountyhealth.org.

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Blue Crab population doing better
Chesapeake Bay Program ― TheBayNet.com

While blue crab numbers increased from last year, a report encourages resource managers to maintain a “risk-averse” approach to setting regulations in order to promote healthy numbers of the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crabs in the future.

The 2015 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report was developed by the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC), which includes scientists and representatives from federal and state governments and academic institutions. The report is based on data collected in the Bay-wide winter dredge survey (a cooperative effort of Maryland and Virginia) and on annual estimates of blue crab harvest; it indicates:

Overall, blue crabs are doing fairly well. They are not overfished, and overfishing is not occurring.

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Radio Commentary on Redistricting Case and Maryland Effects
Michael Sanderson ― Maryland Association of Counties - Conduit Street

As the US Supreme Court has weighed in on two cases regarding an independent redistricting commission from Arizona (upholding its creation, but agreeing to hear a separate case regarding its work), WYPR’s “Inside Maryland Politics” reviews how this might alter Maryland’s own debate over district designs.

Click here to listen to the WYPR analysis (using an mp3-cpmpatible audio player).

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Climate Change Commission Hosting Series of Public Listening Sessions on Greenhouse Gas Plan
Les Knapp ― Maryland Association of Counties - Conduit Street

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change is hosting a series of public listening sessions throughout Maryland to seek feedback on how to proceed with Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan.  The Plan proposes a series of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 25% from their 2006 levels by 2020.

The Commission will host a five listening sessions throughout the state:

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Drones to deliver medicine to rural Virginia field hospital
Jenna Portnoy ― Washington Post

The sprawling field hospital that springs up in rural southwest Virginia every summer has been called the largest health-care outreach operation of its kind.

This year, the event may have another first.

Unmanned aerial vehicles — drones — are supposed to deliver medicine to the Wise County Fairgrounds in part to study how the emerging technology would be used in humanitarian crises around the world.

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Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016
ROBERT PEAR ― New York Times

Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government and state insurance commissioners and interviews with insurance executives.

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Navy, Marine Corps Extend Maternity Leave to 18 Weeks

Effective immediately, women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps will have 18 weeks of maternity leave available to use during the first year of her child’s life. Previously, women serving had six weeks maternity leave available.

The policy also applies retroactively to any woman who has been authorized convalescent leave following the birth of a child since Jan. 1, 2015. Under the new policy, commanding officers are required to grant to a woman up to a total of 18 weeks, using a combination of maternity leave and convalescent leave beyond 30 days. A mother does not need to take all of her leave at once. However, she is only entitled to the use of this type of leave within one year of her child’s birth.

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Now no doctor’s note needed for blood test in Arizona
Marco della Cava ― USA TODAY

The Fourth of July may be the big holiday for the rest of the nation. But for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, July 3 is party time.

On Friday, an Arizona law co-authored by Holmes’ high-tech company goes into effect, allowing patients to order blood tests without involving a doctor. It represents a significant step towards Holmes’ ultimate mission: giving consumers control over monitoring their health via inexpensive and comparatively painless tests.
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A simple finger prick would appeal to both the squeamish and those requiring frequent tests, while Theranos’ transparent and low pricing – it offers more than 100 tests at less than $10 – is meant to eliminate cost as a reason for not being tested.

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IRA distribution rules every retiree should know
Dan Caplinger ― USA TODAY

It takes most people their entire career to save up enough money to retire comfortably by using IRAs and other retirement accounts to help them make the most of their investments. Yet when it comes time to take money out of an IRA, failing to follow the rules can be a costly mistake. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the IRA distribution rules that most often trip up people and how you can make sure you follow them correctly.

When you can take money out of an IRA

The best-known rule about IRAs is that if you take money out too early, you’ll pay a penalty. The magic age for penalty-free IRA withdrawals is 59 1/2, but if you take withdrawals before that, you’ll have to cover a 10% IRS penalty on top of any tax liability you owe from any traditional IRA withdrawal that gets added to your taxable income for the year.

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Plan to curtail public records laws sparks uproar
Madeleine Behr ― USA TODAY

A vote by Wisconsin’s budget committee to dismantle the state’s open records laws has caused an uproar across the Badger State.

Under these measures, lawmakers would be able to draft bills in secret and hide their communications from the public. The changes would also apply to local government officials, including school board members.

No other state in the country would have similar statutes, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that helps legislators draft laws.

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The Internet is officially too big
Benjamin F Mitchell ― USA TODAY

The Internet has (sort of) run out of space.

The regional organization tasked with assigning IP addresses in North America, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), is now wait-listing all applicants because it has almost exhausted its supply of IP addresses under the current protocol.

IP addresses are the numerical labels that identify any device connected to the Internet. These addresses enable smartphones, tablets, PCs and servers to find and communicate with one another. Each IP address is a unique label that provides a destination for information as it travels through the Internet.
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But this is more of a milestone for the Internet than a death sentence.

The imminent exhaustion of available of addresses under IPv4 was announced last year by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international organization that allocates addresses to regional registry groups like ARIN. And a new protocol that was developed in the 1990s, Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6), has already been deployed in response.

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Open Thread - July 4, 2015

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