st. mary's county commissioner meeting

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, March 1, 2022, with the invocation and pledge followed by approval of the consent agenda.

The Commissioners then recognized National Engineers Week and National Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

Kenneth Cusic and Harry Knight received retirement recognition from the Commissioners. Cusic retires from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office with 36 years and three months of service, while Harry Knight retires as Deputy Director for the Department of Land Use & Growth Management with 27 years and two months of service.

The Commissioners held a Public Hearing to receive input for a Department of Finance request for a Supplemental Appropriation Ordinance. The Commissioners will continue to accept public comments on this request until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

The Commissioners convened as the Board of Health to receive a COVID-19 update from County Health Officer Dr. Meenakshi Brewster.

Following the Board of Health Meeting, the Commissioners approved the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance for new uses of Solar, Major and Solar, Minor as requested by Bill Hunt, Director of Land Use & Growth Management. The approval followed a Public Hearing held Feb. 15, 2022.

The Commissioners were briefed by Robbie Gill, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of the Chesapeake, and Brian Rigby, Director of Architecture, GRO, on updated plans for the construction of a YMCA in St. Mary’s County.

The Department of Finance received approval for a Board of Education request for an FY2022 budget adjustment of $1,500,00 for the Food Service Fund.

The Commissioners also approved the Department of Finance to award an Asphalt Overlay Service Contract for the calendar year 2022 to Aggregate Industries. The award provides funding for the maintenance of existing county infrastructure, including roads and parking lots.

The Department of Recreation and Parks received approval for a Legislative Bond Grant Agreement from the State of Maryland in the amount of $150,000 awarded for the concept design of the St. Mary’s County Sports Complex.

The County Attorney’s office provided a legislative update detailing bills before the General Assembly in Annapolis.

The Commissioners adjourned for a closed session and reconvened at 1:30 p.m. for the FY2023 Budget Work Session for follow-up Capital Improvement Project budgets and Board of Education Operating Budget requests.

The Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. to hear public comment on a County Attorney’s office request for a Resolution to Establish the St. Mary’s County Police Accountability Board and St. Mary’s County Administrative Charging Committee.

The Commissioners next business meeting will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in the Chesapeake Building. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.

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