Thursday, July 30, 2015
CURRENT VACANCIES as of July 2015 For COMMISSIONER-APPOINTED BOARDS, COMMITTEES & COMMISSIONS

The Charles County Commissioners are seeking County residents to fill vacancies on the following Boards, Committees & Commissions:

•  Alarm Review Board
•  Area Council on Aging
•  Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board)
•  Board of Social Services
•  Cable Advisory Commission
•  Critical Area Commission
•  Disadvantaged Business Loan Review Committee
•  Ethics Commission
•  Gaming Permit Review Board
•  Grants Advisory Panel
•  Heritage Commission
•  Historic Preservation Commission
•  Homeowner’s Association Dispute Review Board
•  Housing Authority Board of Charles County

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Charles County Planning Commission -  Meeting Minutes


Minutes of June 22, 2015

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Comp plan to be August focus for commission
Joseph Norris ― TheBayNet.com

August will be Comprehensive Plan Month in Charles County.

The draft comprehensive plan will be the focus of the Charles County Planning Commission for the next month, members decided Monday, July 27.

Commission members voted to include a third meeting for August, and the general consensus was that they will need to scour over the proposed plan chapter by chapter in an effort to bring new board members up to snuff on the history and changes proposed for the plan, which the county has been wrangling with for a number of years.

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U.S. Senate race pulls in millions
Chase Cook ― CapitalGazette.com

With the 2016 primary less than a year away, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen is sitting on more than $3.7 million as he competes for the U.S. Senate seat of the soon-to-be-retired Barbara Mikulski.

Federal Election Commission data show that Van Hollen’s main Democratic competitor, U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Prince George’s, hasn’t broken $1 million in her first two quarters of fundraising, even with the aid of outside organizations like Act Blue, a political action committee that sends money to progressive candidates.

Edwards has represented part of Anne Arundel County since the state redrew her 4th Congressional District in 2011. But very little of her funding has come from the county.

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MD hires 4 private oyster growers to plant oyster seed in Bay
Rona Kobell ― Bay Journal

For the first time in its 55-year history of planting oysters to help watermen with their harvest, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is hiring private oyster growers to help it seed the Chesapeake Bay.

Prior to the change, the University of Maryland Horn Point Hatchery handled the seed and shell operations for both oyster sanctuaries and harvest bars. Using state money and a portion of charges levied on oystermen, the department worked through the Oyster Recovery Partnership to distribute Horn Point’s seed oysters in areas watermen thought would produce the best harvests.

But this year, department officials worked with the Oyster Recovery Partnership to identify 11 private growers interested in setting oyster spat on shell and then planting it in the Bay and its tributaries. Five bid. Four received the contracts to plant oysters in locations that county oyster committees will designate.

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Proposed gas pipeline in VA called a threat to resources, economy
Leslie Middleton ― Bay Journal

Some calling on impact study to also determine if there is even a need for a project of this size

The last slide in Nancy Sorrells’ presentation about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline shows Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” split from top to bottom by a jagged tear — a graphic challenge to assertions by pipeline builder Dominion Transmission, Inc. that the pipeline will be “invisible once in place.”

Sorrells is one of the outspoken opponents of the $5 billion, 550-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline for transporting natural gas from West Virginia. Though the pipeline would be trenched in and covered over, the project would leave visible a 100-foot cleared right-of-way cutting through forests, and public and private lands.

The pipeline’s route cuts a swath through dozens of Chesapeake headwater streams, two national forests and across the Appalachian Trail. It runs from West Virginia to southeastern North Carolina, with a spur leading east toward Norfolk.

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More millennials living with parents now than during the recession
Kent Hoover ― Baltimore Business Journal

Despite an improved job market, more millennials are living with their parents today than at the depth of the recession.

That’s according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau, which found that the share of young adults living in their parents’ homes has increased from 24 percent in 2010 to 26 percent in the first quarter of 2015. During the same period, the unemployment rate for adults ages 18 to 34 dropped from 12.4 percent in 2010 to 7.7 percent this year.

Despite the fact that there are 3 million more Americans in the 18-34 range now than there were in 2007, the number who are living independently has fallen from 42.7 million in 2007 to 42.2 million today.

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Rising global debt is increasing the risk of another financial crisis
Don Lee ― Los Angeles Times

It’s not just Greece, Puerto Rico and China. Debt is piling up around the world — stifling global economic growth and heightening the risk of more defaults and market turmoil.

World leaders are caught in a trap: More debt in the form of government and private spending is needed to stimulate today’s sluggish economies. Yet the higher the debt, the greater the danger that a pullback by creditors will trigger another financial crisis like the one in 2008.

“The post-crisis world is a world of high debt, and it doesn’t take much. It just takes a bad shock for the debt dynamics to go wrong,” warned Olivier Blanchard, the International Monetary Fund’s chief economist, as he forecast slower global growth this year, partly because of excessive debt.

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Zero-percent financing turns heads, but may not be best deal
DEE-ANN DURBIN ― WTOP

When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Yet that cheap money might not be the best deal you can get.

Dealers can offer zero-percent financing through automakers’ finance companies because, unlike banks, they make money on the sale of the car and don’t need to rake in interest payments. Zero-percent financing offers have been common in the last four years as auto sales recovered from the recession while interest rates remained low, says Philip Reed, a senior editor of consumer advice at the car shopping site Edmunds.com.

Not everyone will qualify. Zero-percent financing is generally reserved for those with the very best credit. Experian Automotive, which tracks auto loans, says 7 percent of new car loans had an interest rate of 1 percent or lower in the first quarter of this year. By comparison, 29 percent of new car loans had interest rates of 2.05 percent and below.

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GSA delays contract for services to protect OPM hack victims
Emily Kopp ― Federal News Radio

It could be September before victims of the hack of the Office of Personnel Management’s security clearance database can sign up for free credit monitoring and identity-theft protection services through the government.

The General Services Administration has pushed back the timetable for awarding a contract for those services. It expects to issue the final blanket purchase agreement and request for quotes on Thursday, according to a notice sent to vendors earlier this week and obtained by Federal News Radio. It is seeking quotations by Aug. 12, with a final award expected by Aug. 21. That’s one week later than what GSA estimated in a similar letter sent to potential bidders last week.

Whichever company is selected then will need “a couple of weeks” to prepare to enroll the 21.5 million people impacted by the breach, said Kevin Lancaster, CEO of Winvale, the company that OPM has hired to provide similar services to the 4.2 million victims of the breach of its personnel database.

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Senate cyber bill authorizes EINSTEIN for all agencies
Michael O'Connell ― Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) sent 11 bills to the Senate floor today, including legislation to enhance agencies’ ability to protect themselves from cyber attacks.

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Tom Carper (D-Md.), the committee’s chairman and ranking member, respectively, introduced The Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015 (S. 1869).

“The U.S. government’s computer networks are under attack. Hacktivists, organized crime syndicates and nation-states have successfully launched electronic assaults against vulnerable government networks, some of which house millions of Americans’ personal and private information,” Johnson said, in a release. “To protect their privacy against our adversaries, Senator Carper and I are introducing the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, which will accelerate deployment of a federal intrusion detection and prevention system that will improve the government’s cyber defense capabilities.”

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Senate poised to approve 3-month extension to highway bill
JOAN LOWY ― Associated Press

Facing a Friday deadline, the Senate is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care, leaving a raft of unresolved issues for a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.

The Senate plans to take up a House-passed bill on Thursday that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29 and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion. That’s enough money to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states through mid-December.

Authority for the Transportation Department to process aid payments to states is slated to expire at midnight Friday.

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NASA imagines a drone of your own
Elizabeth Weise ― USA TODAY

Forget getting the latest, greatest cell phone. The next indispensable tech tool may be a drone of your own. And daily life may never be the same.

“I see a time when every home will have a drone. You’re going to use a drone to do rooftop inspections. You’re going to be able to send a drone to Home Depot to get a screw driver,” said Parimal Kopadekar, manager of NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.

And this won’t happen in some long-distant future. “This is in five or 10 years,” Kopadekar said Wednesday.

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FedEx no longer to transport bioterror germs in wake of anthrax lab mishaps
Alison Young ― USA TODAY

Shipping giant FedEx no longer is willing to transport packages containing research specimens of potential bioterror pathogens in the wake of high-profile safety mistakes by an Army lab that unknowingly shipped live anthrax for years, according to a letter the company sent to federal regulators and obtained by USA TODAY.

FedEx’s refusal to transport these kinds of specimens is drawing concern among officials at major laboratories, who say it was the primary way they sent and received critical samples used to diagnose diseases and for the development of vaccines, treatments, tests and detection equipment. Neither UPS nor the U.S. Postal Service will transport the specimens.

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