MACo President and Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt, joined by MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson, visited elected officials in four Eastern Shore counties on September 10. The outreach was part of MACo’s ongoing effort to update county officials on statewide and organization issues, and to hear from membership on their local priorities. The September 10 visits included joining the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners, Caroline County Commissioners, Talbot County Council, and Kent County Commissioners for such conversations. While the meetings’ focus varied by the interests of the county officials, concerns about transportation funding, land use, and education issues were a common a prevalent theme.
From coverage of the Kent County commissioners’ meeting in the Chestertown Spy:
Rick Pollitt and Michael Sanderson came to the Kent County Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10, to review the activities of the Maryland Association of Counties.
Pollitt, who is the Wicomico county executive, is the organization’s president for 2013. Sanderson is MACo’s executive director.
Sanderson reviewed the lobbying group’s activities and said it’s impossible to predict what the General Assembly will be focused on in 2014. Restoring transportation funding to local governments is “high on the agenda for next session,” he said.
Sanderson praised the county for being in the lead on partnering with the state for emergency radio services, the so-called Maryland FIRST system.
“Kent is the case study,” he said. “You’re in the lead.”