Somerset Announces Restaurant Relief Funds

Somerset County today announced restaurant relief funding that will support full service restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Utilizing $113,861 in State funds, Somerset County will distribute grants to help stabilize local restaurants. Applications are being accepted until December 15. From the press release: Somerset County Restaurant Relief Funding Applications can be obtained from the Somerset County Office Complex, 11916 Somerset Avenue Suite 202; Princess Anne, Maryland 21853. They can also be downloaded via the…

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Baltimore Recognized on Global ‘A List’ for Climate Action

Baltimore is one of 88 cities worldwide to be recognized for its efforts to build resiliency and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Today, environmental nonprofit CDP published its 'A List' of cities around the world that are leading on climate action and sustainability. Baltimore is one of only 25 North American cities recognized this year, along with other regional leaders like Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Getting on the list is not a simple task. Cities must…

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Charles Dedicates $500k for Rent Relief

The Board of Charles County Commissioners is providing $500,000 to assist residents facing evictions. Many Maryland residents are struggling to make rent payments due to the COVID-19 crisis. Charles County is providing $500,000 to the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee for distribution to families in need. County residents are eligible for rent relief if they have experienced job loss, or a reduction in work hours. Useful Links: Press Release Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action…

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Wicomico to Open Restaurant Relief Grant Fund

Next Monday, Nov. 16, Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development, Inc (SWED) will begin accepting applications for its Restaurant Relief Grant Fund. SWED will be issuing grants of up to $15,000 to struggling restaurants in the county, especially those that have seen financial hardships due to restrictions on indoor dining capacity. Award amounts will be based on the number of Full Time Equivalent employees. The group has $836,000 in State funds to spend, and expects to begin issuing…

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Harford Takes Additional Steps to Protect the Public During COVID Surge

Harford County announces new actions regarding county facilities, organized athletics, telework, and testing. Following a surge in positivity rates, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman today announced new actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Public safety is my top priority in responding to this recent surge and my long term goal is to keep our economy and government services open for business,” County Executive Glassman said. “I understand the inconvenience, but I believe these actions…

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Talbot Taps Clay Stamp As County Manager

The Talbot County Council has selected Clay Stamp to be the next County Manager. The announcement comes after Andrew Hollis' decision to step down from the position at the end of this year. Stamp currently serves as the County’s Emergency Services Director and Assistant County Manager. He will bring to the position of County Manager a wealth of experience in state and local government. Stamp is an active member of MACo's Emergency Managers Affiliate, and…

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State Soil Conservation Committee to Meet November 19

The State Soil Conservation Committee will meet Thursday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. via conference call. The State Soil Conservation Committee provides guidance to the Maryland Department of Agriculture on issues such as soil conservation and water quality policy. The Committee is made up of members from various state departments and regional representatives. The Committee’s upcoming meeting is open to the public and will focus on soil conservation and water quality program implementation and policy…

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Feds Grant $100k to Help Low-Income Families With Home Repairs in Anne Arundel, Charles

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a total of $100,000 in Anne Arundel and Charles Counties to assist low-income families with home repairs. Today, members of Maryland's congressional delegation announced that Rebuilding Together in Anne Arundel County and the Charles County Commissioners will both receive $50,000 in the form of grants and low-interest loans. Funding comes from USDA's Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program that provides financial support to state and local governments…

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Harford Dedicates $1 Million to Help Residents Pay Water and Sewer Bills

Harford County is providing grants to eligible residents who need help paying their water and sewer bills. Last week, Harford County announced that it is designating $1 million of federal CARES Act funding for the Harford Community Action Agency. The money will be used to establish the COVID-19 Residential Water & Sewer Emergency Assistance Program that will provide support to residents who have experienced financial loss due to the COVID-19 crisis and are struggling to…

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Counties to PSC: Keep Communities “Plugged In” On Solar Siting

This week, MACo sent a letter to Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) Executive Secretary, Andrew S. Johnston, urging the Commission to preserve the essential role of local zoning in the solar siting process. Following a recommendation outlined in the Governor’s Task Force on Renewable Energy Development and Siting (REDS) final report, the PSC initiated a rulemaking proceeding to consider revisions to the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) process through amendments to the Code…

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