Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Charles County Commissioners Meeting Video

Date:  09/30/2014

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County Accepting Legislative Proposals until Oct. 14

Any citizen, group, or organization interested in submitting a legislative proposal or suggestion for revision or amendment to an existing state law should submit a written request by Tuesday, Oct. 14 to:

    Legislative Request
    Office of the County Attorney
    P.O. Box 2150
    La Plata, MD 20646

The Charles County Commissioners have established the time guidelines for the preparation of their 2015 General Assembly Legislative Package. Each proposal requiring Maryland General Assembly enactment will be included in a preliminary package available for distribution on Friday, Oct. 17 and presented to the County Commissioners at a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Anyone submitting a proposal will be asked to attend the hearing to provide a brief synopsis of the initiative and answer questions.

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Bank of America rolls out new security chip on debit cards
Adam O'Daniel ― Washington Business Journal

Bank of America Corp. says it has begun including a new security feature on its debit cards, becoming the first major U.S. bank to add chip technology to its cards.

All new Bank of America debit cards issued from now on will include chip technology, or EMV as it’s called in Europe, which encrypts transaction information each time the card is used in a transaction. Every time the card is used, Bank of America says, the information is changed, making it hard to conduct fraud on the account.

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3-D printing takes flight. Literally.
Drew Hansen ― Washington Business Journal

From mechanical parts to pieces of jewelry, 3-D printing is all the rage. And now the new technology is taking flight. Literally.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin is using 3-D printers to manufacture tools used to construct its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Defense One.

“There are no 3-D-printed parts flying on F-35 today, [but] we use hundreds of 3-D-printed tools for F-35 manufacturing such as bracket locators and drill templates,” Lockheed spokesman Mark Johnson said, according to the report. “We are working on 3-D printing of parts, but they are still a few years in the future.”

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State regulation of animal feeding operations remains uneven
Bay Journal

The change from state permits for large animal feeding operations to more comprehensive federal ones has not been easy for states in the watershed.

The difficulty stemmed from a 2008 regulation, long in the works at EPA, that changed the definition of a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. Under the 2008 rule, a farm with more than 37,000 birds was considered a CAFO; as such, it required a discharge permit, was subjected to federal inspections and required federal paperwork. Under the national discharge permit, if it allowed effluent of any kind to get into a waterway, it was in violation of the Clean Water Act. Hence, it could expect fines and additional inspections, which was one of the main reasons farmers did not want to be subject to the permits.

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Secret Service Chief Julia Pierson Resigns
WRC-TV (NBC4)

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid growing criticism of her agency, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johson said Wednesday afternoon.

A senior Republican lawmaker called for Pierson to resign, and a senior Democrat said he was not comfortable with her leading the agency, as support for Pierson eroded Wednesday in the wake of her poorly received testimony about the White House break-in.

House Speaker John Boehner stopped short of calling for Pierson’s resignation in a statement but backed a call for an independent investigation and said,“the president must make a swift determination on whether the agency is being well-served by its current leadership.”

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5 reasons bonds may be less safe than you think
WTOP

Burned by the stock-market crash during the financial crisis, investors have poured a trillion dollars into bond funds in the past six years. They like the interest payments that bonds throw off, and that their prices barely move day to day.

But some experts say danger signs are flashing, and prices could fall fast.

Here are five reasons bonds may be less safe than you think.

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FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony
SUE MANNING ― WTOP

Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says.

For years, the FBI has filed animal abuse under the label “other” along with a variety of lesser crimes, making cruelty hard to find, hard to count and hard to track. The bureau announced this month that it would make animal cruelty a Group A felony with its own category—the same way crimes like homicide, arson and assault are listed.

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Forget a bigger Wal-Mart, county needs a music ven
Maryland Independent - LTE

I fail to understand why the region needs a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Waldorf.

Wal-Mart is already so big that it takes too long to wander around inside of it to sometimes figure out that it doesn’t carry what I want to buy. Most people hate having their time wasted — especially by brick and mortar stores in the retail industry. That’s why more people have started shopping online.

The Wal-Mart in Waldorf is already at a convenient location if someone needs something from it. Why move it farther in either direction so buyers will have to pay for more gas to patronize it? It’s also not the cheapest store in town for bargains. There are plenty of other businesses that offer better deals than Wal-Mart on lots of items. Savvy shoppers know who they are.

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Realtors hear pitch on charter form of government
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

Members of the Charles County Charter Board spent Thursday evening trying to sell roughly 25 people, mostly real estate agents and candidates for public office, on their proposed charter that, if enacted by the voters in the Nov. 4 election, would replace the county’s current commissioner form of government with one led by a county executive and county council.

The charter would give the county government a “more traditional” structure mirroring that of the federal and Maryland governments, board member Craig Renner said. Whereas the commissioners currently serve both executive and legislative functions, a county council would deal with purely legislative matters and the executive would handle the day-to-day operations of government.

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Nanjemoy gets latest village post office
Rebecca J. Barnabi ― Maryland Independent

Nanjemoy residents coming home late from work and picking up a loaf of bread or gallon of milk at the Nanjemoy Country Store will now be able to pick up a book of stamps or mail a package.

Nanjemoy Country Store celebrated its grand opening Tuesday morning as a village post office offering stamps and other mailing supplies.

“It’s an alternate access channel,” Cynthia Dyson, U.S. Postal Service retail specialist for the Capital District, which includes Washington, D.C., and Maryland, said of village post offices. With U.S. Postal Service post offices reducing its staff and hours in recent years, residents have limited access to supplies. Village post offices make it possible for supplies to be available after normal business hours.

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Commissioners approve St. Charles VanGO route
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

The Charles County commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday the creation of a new VanGO route that would service St. Charles and simultaneously improve the program’s Indian Head route.

The new route would include a stop at the new St. Charles High School and operate on one-hour intervals as a 30-minute loop from VanGO’s new Waldorf park and ride transfer pavilion at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Smallwood Drive.

A “byproduct” of the new route would be an increase in the frequency of the Indian Head route from one bus every 90 minutes to one every hour, Transportation and Community Programs Chief Jeffry Barnett said.

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County changes rules for nonprofit grant applications
Rebecca J. Barnabi ― Maryland Independent

The Charles County commissioners unanimously approved changes to the county’s nonprofit grant application at Tuesday’s meeting.

The major changes to the application and process are that nonprofits will be able to apply separately for different programs or items, applicants will be interviewed each year by the grant committee and the committee’s scoring will change in order to make the process more fair and accurate for all nonprofits.

Charles County commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly said the commissioners give between $800,000 and $1 million per year in grant funds to local nonprofits.

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Electrical cables being pulled under Patuxent
Jason Babcock ― The Enterprise

Two tunnels were dug underneath the Patuxent River last fall. This week electric cables are being pulled through those tunnels to complete a new loop of stronger power between Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.

That loop, which will upgrade the existing lines from 69 kilovolts to 230 kilovolts, should be electrified by Thanksgiving, officials with the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative said.
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There are two tunnels under the river, each with five protective conduits in them. The Patuxent reaches a depth of 110 feet and the tunnels are at least 50 feet below that.

In one of the tunnels, there will be three electrical cables pulled through in three separate conduit pipes. The other conduit already has a communications cable, which can be used by SMECO and the Maryland Broadband Initiative, Bredenkamp said. “We’re pulling two fibers — one for them, one for us,” he said. The fifth conduit is a spare.

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Vote against longer term limits, fewer papers of record in Prince George’s
Gazette - Editorial

Questions H and J are disservice to Prince Georgians

Couched in a group of Prince George’s County ballot questions that should easily be approved are two pretty significant requests that must be soundly rejected: permission to extend term limits and to be able to reduce the number of newspapers of record, publications authorized to carry public and legal notices.

The Gazette has long been opposed to term limits; we believe voters should decide when an elected official leaves office, and it’s a disservice when a strong leader must leave because of such rules.

However, Question J seeks merely to make term limits slightly longer, extending county executive and council terms from two to three — and smacks of a gradual attempt to remove term limits.

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