Charles County, Maryland

Oct. 23 Commissioners Meeting Update

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 2:30pm

Oct. 23 Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Board of Commissioners held a wall-breaking ceremony to recognize the beginning of a renovation project that will result in the opening of the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Facility next year. The new facility will provide 30,000 square feet of space to expand services and recreational programs that meet the diverse needs of residents of all ages throughout the county. View photos in Flickr.

Approval Items

  • Commissioners approved legislation to ban plastic drinking straws and stirrers at all Charles County restaurants and businesses. The legislation is effective beginning on July 1, 2020, but Commissioners amended the legislation to delay any enforcement action until July 1, 2021 and reduced the penalty to $150. This action is intended to reduce waste, protect the environment, and keep plastics out of waterways.
  • Commissioners approved amendments and a restatement of the Charles County Pension Plan document, reflecting changes that have been made through the collective bargaining process. Detailed information about the changes and the plan restatement are posted in BoardDocs.

Work Session

Commissioners held a work session on the Indian Head Science and Technology Park Conservation Easement to vote on additional amendments to the deed. They received comments on the deed at the public hearing, and the record remains open to receive comments on it until close of business, Monday, Oct. 29.

Public Hearings

Public hearings were held to receive comments on the zoning text amendment to change setback and two-story requirement in the core employment residential zone and amendments to the Adequate Public Facilities Manual. Following the public hearings, Commissioners voted to approve both items.


  • Commissioners recognized J.C. Parks Elementary School for its designation as an Ocean Guardian School for the third consecutive year. A program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds by proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation project. View photos in Flickr.
  • Commissioners hosted a ribbon-cutting at Med-Surg Pharmacy in Bryans Road, and recognized the business for becoming the seventh pharmacy in the county to participate as a drug take-back location. Residents can drop off unused or unwanted prescriptions inside the pharmacy. Commissioners also reminded residents that there is a Drug Take Back event being hosted on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Charles County Government Building parking lot (200 Baltimore St, La Plata). Residents can drive through and safely dispose of unused medications at the event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  View photos in Flickr.
  • Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 21-27 as Leadership Southern Maryland Week, recognized staff, and acknowledged all those who have participated and graduated from the program.  View proclamation photo in Flickr.

Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 10:45 a.m.

For More Information: Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv. Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public upon approval.


About Charles County Government

The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.