Monday, July 28, 2014
Charter Board Presentation July 22

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News from the Charles County Commissioners and Charles County Government

July 28, 2014

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Women’s Fall Soccer League Registration Available

The Charles County Department of Public Works will hold registration for the upcoming Fall Women’s Soccer League, which is open now through Friday, Aug. 15. League play will take place on Sundays at Laurel Springs Park (5940 Radio Station Road, La Plata).  A “7 vs. 7” format will be played on an intermediate-sized soccer field. The franchise fee is $450.00 per team.

Teams may register at the Charles County Department of Public Works (1001 Radio Station Road, La Plata) weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Dolphins put on a show in the Patuxent

Bay Net reader Anthony Bernal and his buddy Ernest Baud were fishing around 6 a.m. on Sunday just under the Solomons Bridge on the St. Mary’s side. They were just about ready to call It quits when they got some visitors: 20 to 30 dolphins. Please see the attached pictures and You Tube video taken by Bernal that shows what they saw.

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Bay region reports five Vibrio cases
Marty Madden ― THEBAYNET.COM

Warmer weather brings warmer water temperatures to the Chesapeake Bay region which ramps up the danger of Vibrio bacterial infections. According to the Calvert County Health Department, five cases of the bacterial infection have occurred this summer in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Larry Polsky said two of the cases were the result from contact with the waters surrounding the county—one case in the Patuxent River and the other from the Chesapeake Bay.

The Vibrio bacteria lives naturally in the water and as the weather gets warmer the Vibrio multiply.

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U.S. companies increasingly fish for growth overseas
Daily Record

Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.

Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts’ projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper into overseas markets for years to come.

“The philosophy is to start your growth in the states and then take your fight overseas,” says BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis. “That’s what the big guys are doing.”

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Report says surveillance is hampering journalists
Daily Record

Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say.

Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report issued Monday that access to data as detailed in leaks by former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden, coupled with the Obama administration’s prosecution of people for leaking classified information, is having a chilling effect on reporters.

The groups are calling on the administration to be more upfront about the data it is collecting and how the information is used, and to increase protections for journalists and whistleblowers.

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Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

Medicare’s finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030—four years later than last year’s estimate.

Meanwhile, Social Security’s massive retirement program will remain solvent until 2034, officials say, although disability benefits are in more immediate danger.

The disability trust fund now is projected to run dry in 2016, unless Congress acts. At that point, the program will collect enough payroll taxes to pay only 81 percent of benefits.

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FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was against American Airlines for $24.2 million in August 2010. That one was ultimately settled for $24.9 million as part of American’s bankruptcy proceedings, although the final settlement included other safety violations not part of the original proposal.

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Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17B

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday.

The agreement includes $10 billion in emergency spending to make it easier for veterans who can’t get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees said.

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Hero’s Act and Retiree COLA Plan Amendments

Board Docs - Jul 29, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.06 [9:45 a.m.] Briefing: Hero’s Act and Retiree COLA Plan Amendments - SORP and Hero’s Act and Committee Composition Plan Amendments - Charles County Pension Plan (Ms. Megan Donnick, Acting Director, Department of Human Resources, Mr. Dave Eicholtz, Director,Department Fiscal & Administrative Services and Sgt. Robert Kiesel, Vice-Chair and Employee Rep, Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan Committee)

SORP Plan Amendments_Blackline.pdf (130 KB)

HEROs Act and Committee Composition Changes_blackine.pdf (103 KB)

HEROs Act and Committee Composition Changes_final.pdf (99 KB)

SORP Plan Amendments.pdf (121 KB)

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Planning Commission 2013 Annual Report as required by the Land Use Article…

...of the Annotated Code of Maryland

Board Docs - Jul 29, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.05 [9:30 a.m.] Planning Commission 2013 Annual Report as required by the Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (Mr. Peter Aluotto, Director/Mr. Steve Ball, AICP,LEED AP, Planning Director, Department of Planning and Growth Management)

FINAL 2013 PC Annual Report 6.30.14 with map.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro.pdf (6,104 KB)

CC Mtg. PC Annual Report 7.29.14.pdf (5,574 KB)

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Approval Items

Board Docs - Jul 29, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.03 [9:15 a.m.] Approval Items

FY 2015 Budget Message.pdf (243 KB)

Agenda Request SOP Closed Session Minutes.pdf (318 KB)
Briefing from the Maryland Veterans Museum on their future needs..pdf (93 KB)
Agenda Request - Request to Adopt Resolution in Support of Community Legacy Grant Application for Hughesville Village.pdf (202 KB)

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Reminder: Commissioner Collins town hall meeting is tonight

The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to attend July town hall meetings as scheduled below. The purpose of the Commissioners’ town hall meetings is to take questions from those in attendance and to discuss items of importance to the citizens and the community.

Reuben B. Collins, II, Commissioner Vice President (District 3)
Monday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf)

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Charles County Road Closure Begins July 28th
Southern Maryland News Net

Charles County Government would like to let the public know that MD Route 5 (Leonardtown Road) at the railroad crossing will be closed on Monday July, 28-Friday Aug. 1 to repair the railroad track.

No vehicles will be able to cross the tracks during this time. Pedestrian access will still be maintained and business access will remain open.

Motorists can use U.S. Route 301 (Crain Highway) and MD Route 5 (Mattawoman-Beantown Road).

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