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, Feb. 1, 2022.

The Commissioners recognized Black History Month, Dating Violence Prevention Month and Transit Equity Day with proclamations.

Norine Rowe was recognized with a Commendation for her retirement following 10 years and 10 months of service to St. Mary’s County Government.

The Commissioners held a Public Hearing to consider a request from the Department of Land Use & Growth Management to amend the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map and Zoning Map to change the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map category from Rural Preservation to Residential Mixed-use and Zoning Map from Rural Preservation to Residential Mixed-use for the properties located at 23595 Pike Lane and 23556 Three Notch Road, Hollywood. The Commissioners will continue to accept public comment on the request until Feb. 9, 2022.

Dr. Maureen Murphy presented the annual College of Southern Maryland State of the College Report detailing past and current projects and ongoing pandemic challenges.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland also presented a State of the College report. Dr. Tuajuanda C. Jordan briefed the Commissioners about initiatives, enrollment and challenges in higher education.

The county attorney’s office provided a legislative update, detailing bills that are currently before the General Assembly in Annapolis.

The Department of Emergency Services went before the Commissioners for an Emergency Medical Services staffing update.

The Commissioners approved a request from the Department of Emergency Services to purchase an ambulance and provide staffing support for the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. The purchase will be made in partnership with the State of Maryland and the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and will provide emergency response and transportation for residents of the Veterans Home and other calls for service in the Charlotte Hall area.

The Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPWT) received Commissioner approval on two agenda items. The first vote approved an Ordinance establishing the designation of the multi-way stop at the intersection of South Coral Drive and Lei Drive in Lexington Park. The second approved item allows DPWT to submit a grant application to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to request funding for improving the shoreline at the Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum.

The Commissioners approved a request from the Department of Finance to use American Rescue Act allocations to fund a request for the Department of Emergency Services to Rescue Squads for $836,775. The requested funds will be used to upgrade county Rescue Squad’s supplies.

The Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Building for a Public Hearing for the Department of Land Use & Growth Management for a request to Amend the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map and Zoning Map for property located at 29871 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, to change the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map category from Mixed-use Moderate Intensity and Residential Mixed-use to entirely Mixed-use Moderate Intensity and Zoning Map of the split-zoned property from Residential Mixed-use and Town Center Mixed-use to entirely Town Center Mixed-use.

The Commissioners next business meeting will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.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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