Meeting Minutes August 21, 2017 |

Charles County, Maryland

Meeting Minutes August 21, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities

Meeting Minutes: August 21, 2017

Charles County Government Building, Human Resources Training Room


Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Emily Ferren, Chair.

  • In attendance: Jennifer Beach, Triniece Gillom, Jeff Barnett, Stephanie Colson (guest), Danielle Lyons (guest), Charlie M. Patterson, Marchesa Whittington, Emily Ferren

The meeting minutes from June 19 and July 17th were approved.

The Commission is one of the sponsors of the Employer Breakfast. The date is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th from 9 a.m. to noon at New Life Church. The Commission will provide centerpieces for the tables. It is the 3rd annual breakfast. We will also send an invitation to the Commissioners. The Job Developer's Alliance has had several planning meetings. Emily attended on August 18th. The next session is September 15th. Melwood is supplying food for the breakfast. Thank you to all of our sponsors. Please note that our October Commission Meeting will be the Employer Breakfast.

For those interested in additional information on the Charles County Job Developer's Alliance, their next meeting is scheduled for October 5th at 8:30 a.m. at the Charles County Health Department. The Charles County Job Developer's  Alliance is an alliance of Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) that gather to collaborate on helping individuals with disabilities gain employment. DORS (state vocational rehabilitation) and the CRPs that are a part of the alliance offer services to help individuals with disabilities become job ready, obtain employment, and maintain employment. The Allilance hosts a breakfast every year to help eliminate the stigma among employers surrounding hiring individuals with disabilities. The Alliance has goals to advance by holding more events and trainings. Their mission statement is: to support and educate the local community to further enhance employment and community integration for people with disabilities through interagency collaboration.

Reports were given on the disability exhibit at P.D. Brown and also Artists without Limits. Both events were covered on the front page of the Maryland Independent and copies of the articles were passed around to those in attendance. For links to both articles, check

Under agency updates, Jeff Barnett gave an update on the Five Year Transit Development Plan. Input can still be given and Jeff gave his contact information. For VanGo, the contract for MV Transportation began on July 1st. New buses ahve also been brought in. Currently, dispatching is provided through MV Transportation out of White Plains. Future plans will include a Maintenance and Operations Facility as a construction project. On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., MTA will host a drop in meeting so interested residents/riders can view preliminary plans for the construction project. Jeff willalso be there to respond to any additional questions.

With the new changes, training will also be provided for use of wheelchair lifts, customer service, and maintenance/quality assurance equipment. Funds were also made available through the Federal Transit Administration for improvements to bus stops and amenities. VanGo is nearly reaching one million passengers per year -- cost is $2 per day.

Meeting adjourned: 4:10 p.m.

Submitted by,

Emily Ferren


The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In lieu of the Monday, October 16th Commission Meeting, the Commission members are invited to attend the 3rd annual Employer Breakfast at New Life Church from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, October 24th.

If you are available, the MTA will host an information drop in meeting from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Waldorf Jaycee's on Wednesday, September 20th on the Maintenance and Operations Facility Plan.