MACo President and Washington County Commissioner John Barr and MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp addressed the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners on May 24. Each MACo President attempts to visit the elected officials in every county and Baltimore City at least once during his or her term. These visits allow MACo to hear about county concerns, provide updates on MACo’s activities, and strengthen relationships with member jurisdictions.
Barr complimented the willingness of both Calvert County elected officials and professional staff to engage with MACo. In particular, he singled out the participation of Board of County Commissioners President and MACo Board Member Evan Slaughenhoupt and praised Slaughenhoupt’s regular attendance at MACo meetings.
Knapp then provided a brief overview of the 2016 General Assembly Session, discussing the budget, highway user revenues, liability issues, and land use issues. The Commissioners expressed appreciation for MACo’s work, particularly its defense against unfunded mandates, and asked a series of questions on current and pending policy issues. Key areas of discussion included highway user revenues, alcohol regulation, septic system best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) requirements, land use tiers, and community college curriculum. The Commissioners also noted that they were looking forward to attending MACo’s upcoming 2016 Summer Conference for both its educational and networking opportunities.