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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Briefing: Capital Clubhouse

Board Docs - Apr 21, 2015 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.09 [9:30 a.m.] Briefing: Capital Clubhouse (Ms. Eileen Minnick, Director and Mr. Sam Drury, Chief of Recreation, Department of Community Services and Ms. Melissa Newberry, General Manager, and Jim Littlejohn, Marketing, Rink Management)

CCH Presentation 2015 Recreation.pdf (3,475 KB)

CCH Presentation 2015 RMS.pdf (1,882 KB)

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Request to Change Zoning from Rural Conservation (RC) to Heavy Industrial (IH)

Board Docs - Apr 20, 2015 - Charles County Planning Commission

[6:35 - 7:35] PUBLIC MEETINGS

CCSG1, ZMA 14-50, Request to Change Zoning from Rural Conservation (RC) to Heavy Industrial (IH), Applicant: CCSG1, LLC (entity of Chaney Enterprises, LP (Soltesz)

5.01 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT (CPA) 13-02, Re-hearing, (Related to the potential re-location of an existing Chaney Entrprise sand and gravel processing plant and ready-mix concrete plant from the west side of Mattawoman-Beantown Road, to the east side of Mattawoman-Beantown Road, approximately 1/2 mile to the north of the Maryland Transit Authority Park and Ride Facility) Request: To change the land use designation per the Land Use Concept Plan, Figure 3-2 from a Rural Conservation District designation to an Employment and Industrial Park District designation for Parcels 50, 97, 101, 102, 103 and 104 found on Tax Map 9, comprising 211.21 acres in the 8th election district. Applicant: CCSG1, LLC (an entity of Chaney Enterprises, LP)(Soltesz)

CCSG 1 zma14-50_AdjPropertyMap.pdf (361 KB)

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US Route 301 Park & Ride Phase II

Bid Number: 15-23    Type: IFB
  Open Date: 04/16/2015     Close Date: 5/19/2015 before 3:00pm
Pre-Bid/Proposal Meeting: See solicitation
  Bond Requirements: See Solicitation

Brief Description: The County Commissioners of Charles County are hereby requesting sealed bids from qualified contractors to perform construction services on the US Route 301 Park and Ride Phase II upgrade project. Upgrades include a 2” mill and overlay of the existing parking, striping, bus shelters, benches, bike racks, security lighting, new sidewalks, and handicap ramps that meet the current ADA regulations. The County Commissioners reserve the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informality in the bids received when such waiver is in the best interest of Charles County. Small, local and Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to respond to this solicitation.

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Montomery County appeals ruling on Purple Line fence
Katherine Shaver ― Gazette

The case of a Chevy Chase homeowner who built his back fence in the path of the proposed light-rail Purple Line might be headed to the state’s highest court.

A final ruling in the fence fight could affect dozens of Chevy Chase and Bethesda residents who live along the rail alignment. It also could complicate the state’s Purple Line plans and add to the property acquisition costs of a project already under scrutiny for its $2.4 billion price tag.

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2015 End of Session Wrap Up: Environment
Les Knapp ― Maryland Association of Counties - Conduit Street

This post summarizes the status of various environment bills MACo took a position on for the 2015 Regular Session.

Stormwater Remediation Fee – Partial Repeal and Modification of 2012 Law: SB 863 partly repeals and heavily modifies the 2012 stormwater law which mandated the 10 counties subject to a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit to adopt a stormwater remediation fee. The 10 affected local jurisdictions include: Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties.  The requirements of SB 863 will also apply to any jurisdiction that is subsequently required to obtain a Phase I MS4 permit.

Sammy 06:53 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Those giant radar balloons at APG didn’t alert officials to gyrocopter pilot
Ian Duncan ― Baltimore Sun

When the ever-present white balloons floating above Aberdeen Proving Ground were launched at Christmastime defense officials said they would be a useful tool to detect unusual activity in the Washington’s sensitive airspace.

So this week, when Florida mailman Doug Hughes made a decidedly unusual flight to the lawn of the Capitol to protest money in politics did the balloons send warnings flashing across the screens of watching military officials?

No, says Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Sammy 06:49 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Hogan issues new smog-fighting rule with “flexibility” for coal plants
Timothy B. Wheeler ― Baltimore Sun

Gov. Larry Hogan is reconsidering his predecessor’s attempt to make coal-fired power plants install costly new pollution controls, switch to cleaner-burning fuel or shut down.

Three months after yanking a clear-air rule issued by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration, the Republican governor on Friday unveiled his own smog-fighting plan. It retains a requirement that the state’s coal plant operators minimize emissions during the upcoming summer smog season, which begins next month.

But in a concession to the operator of two power plants, the Maryland Department of the Environment agreed to take another look at what coal-burning facilities would be required to do over the next five years to reduce harmful emissions even more.

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Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5
REUTERS

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, said on Friday that he will make an announcement on May 5 about whether or not he will run for president in 2016.

Huckabee said in an interview on Fox News that he will announce his plans in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas.

Huckabee, who left office in 2007, first ran for president in 2008. He hosted a Fox News television show but quit early this year to weigh another run at the Republican nomination.

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Feds wasted $41 million deporting illegal immigrants on nearly-empty charter flights
Sarah Westwood ― Washington Examiner

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials squandered $41.1 million by hiring charter aircraft flights to deport illegal immigrants without making an effort to fill empty seats.

Although the Department of Homeland Security agency deporting 930,435 detainees between October 2010 and March 2014, it spent $116 million on charter flights that were less than 80 percent full, according to a report released Friday by the department’s inspector general.

The immigration agency spent nearly $12 million on flights that were less than 40 percent full.

Sammy 06:42 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Far fewer callers seeking assistance are getting through on IRS help lines
Ethan Barton ― Washington Examiner

Barely a third of the 45 million taxpayers seeking help with their federal taxes on the Internal Revenue Service’s customer helplines got it and they had to wait for nearly half an hour during the first three months of 2015, according to a government watchdog.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said three-fourths of callers to the IRS helplines received assistance in 2014 and they only to wait on average about 12 minutes. Tax counselors answered two-thirds of the calls with average hold-times of about 15 minutes in 2012 and 2013.

The federal tax agency’s performance thus far this year has been worse than expected as officials there predicted prior to the 2015 tax season that their staffs would only be able to connect with about 40 percent of callers due to budget cuts.

Sammy 06:40 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Think before you post: Here’s the new federal-workforce guidance on social media
Eric Yoder ― Washington Post

Federal employees would be wise to ponder before posting and to think through their tweeting in order to avoid running afoul of government ethics policies, according to newly released guidance from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Rules called the Standards of Conduct apply to social media in areas such as fundraising, seeking outside employment, use of an employee’s title and more, the office said.

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Report: DOJ leaning toward nixing Comcast bid for Time Warner Cable
Roger Yu and Elizabeth Weise ― USA TODAY

Shares of Comcast fell 2.1% Friday after Bloomberg News reported that the Justice Department will likely recommend blocking the cable giant’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable and consolidate the nation’s two largest cable companies.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg News reported that staff attorneys at the department’s antitrust division “are nearing” their decision and could submit their findings by next week.

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Five years after spill, Gulf Coast waits for fine money
Deborah Barfield Berry and Ledyard King ― USA TODAY

Five years after the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf Coast communities are still waiting for the billions promised to help them recover from the nation’s worst environmental disaster.

Local officials and environmentalists from the five affected states — Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — have taken steps to identify which projects would be financed with fine money paid by BP.

But they’re still waiting for those funds, on hold until a federal court in New Orleans decides exactly what the company should pay.

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Dr. Oz defends medical advice amid calls for firing at Columbia U.
Jim Lenahan ― USA TODAY

Mehmet Oz (“Dr. Oz”) defended himself Friday against criticism from other medical professionals, who say that some of the TV host’s advice and product endorsements lack scientific backing.

A group of doctors has sent a letter to Columbia University, asking for Oz’s dismissal from the medical school’s faculty.

“I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves,” Oz said in a statement released through a representative of The Dr. Oz Show. “We provide multiple points of view, including mine, which is offered without conflict of interest. That doesn’t sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts.”

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