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Charles County, Maryland

Oct. 8 Commissioners Meeting Update

For Immediate Release
2019-108
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:30pm

Oct. 8 Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Charles County Board of Commissioners celebrated the opening of the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center. County Commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the milestone, a first-of-its-kind facility that combines both daytime programming for seniors and recreational activities for the community. The center is open daily and features sports courts, a fitness room, group fitness, meeting rooms, and special events held throughout the year.

Open Session Briefings:

  • Commissioners were briefed on the county’s drainage system improvement program. Staff highlighted current stormwater challenges that lead to localized flooding. The county has invested $3.2 million in capital improvement programs that are underway to address flooding concerns, including roads maintenance and drainage pipe rehabilitation projects. They discussed the process for how drainage issues are identified and addressed, but emphasized additional investments are needed to pay for a comprehensive study and implement a thorough stormwater management plan.
  • Commissioners received a briefing on the Charles County Fire and EMS Study. Mission Critical Partners, the consultant that conducted the study, analyzed the current volunteer structure to estimate its cost savings to the county; identified opportunities to strengthen relationships; and presented recommendations for reorganization, staffing, and financial considerations related to operations, capital, and revenue.
  • Commissioners received an update from representatives for Rebuilding Together, who shared statistics on project assistance they have provided through volunteer labor and donation of construction supplies. They highlighted specific home projects they are currently restoring and challenges faced in completing necessary renovations.
  • Commissioners reviewed the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan based upon the July 1, 2018 Actuarial Valuation Update. They received information on the employer contribution, key risks, trend in investment returns, costs, unfunded liabilities, plan provisions, and actuarial assumptions. Commissioners also received an update on the pension investments, as of June 30, 2019.

Approval Items: 

Commissioners approved the following requests:

  • A budget transfer request of $49,700 from transportation capital outlay to the special revenue fund for the purpose of providing matching grant funds that partially pays for the cost of new VanGO services to the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center.
  • A reconsideration and decision to include a legislative proposal that would create a quasi-judicial body to hear and resolve disputes between a homeowners association and a homeowner.
  • Review and approval of an update to the Charles County Pension Plan, based on the July 1, 2018 actuarial evaluation. Prudential representatives reviewed the plan’s results, funded status, participant statistics, and actuarial funding methods and assumptions. Commissioners also received an update on the pension investments, as of June 30, 2019.

Recognitions:

  • Commissioners presented a citation in honor of the United States Navy’s 244th Birthday. Employees who served in the Navy were recognized for their service, valor, and sacrifice. View photos in Flickr.
  • Commissioners proclaimed October as Global Diversity Awareness Month and recognized employees who serve on the Emergency Services Diversity Work Group and employees who participate in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. View photo in Flickr.

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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.