$250M Agreement Reached to Settle All Purple Line Claims and Terminate Litigation
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$250M Agreement Reached to Settle All Purple Line Claims and Terminate Litigation

The State of Maryland and its partners - Meridiam, Star America, and Flour - today announced they have reached a $250 million agreement that settles all outstanding financials and terminates the current litigation regarding the Purple Line project. While the agreement is pending review by the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW), the parties have agreed to put all pending claims and litigation on hold. As a part of the settlement agreement, Purple Line Transit…

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Hogan Deploys State Police to Assist with COVID-19 Compliance

Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland State Police will expand its COVID-19 Compliance and Coordination Center and deploy "High Visibility Compliance Units" across Maryland, with additional troopers assigned in each county to work in partnership with local governments to investigate reports of violations of state law. Governor Hogan emphasized the…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – December 2, 2020 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Harford Names Dr. David Bishai as County Health Officer
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Harford Names Dr. David Bishai as County Health Officer

Harford County has named Dr. David Bishai as the new County health officer, following the retirement of Dr. Russell Moy in September. Dr. David Bishai has been appointed as Harford County's new health officer following recommendations from the County Council and will officially begin his duties on January 1, 2021. Bishai hops to continue the success of Harford County's Health Department, as it is "one of only a few accredited health departments in the nation,"…

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Howard Announces CARES Act Spending Dashboard

Howard County announced the launch of a dashboard that will track spending of its allocated CARES Act funding. The dashboard will track the County's actual and projected spending as the December 30 federal deadline for expending funds approaches. From the press release: “We believe it’s imperative that the federal government act to provide an additional round of stimulus funding to local governments as we endure another spike in cases,” said Ball. “We are confident that…

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November 18 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its November 18, 2020 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $26,550 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County for the following two projects at Bel-Air Community Park: $14,850 to install four new pickleball courts (Item…

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Montgomery Council Introduces Bill to Prohibit School Resource Officers

The Montgomery County Council introduced Bill 46-20, which would prohibit the Montgomery County Police Department from deploying School Resource Officers (SROs) to Montgomery County Public Schools. Montgomery County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer are the lead sponsors for this proposed legislation. A school resource officer is a sworn uniformed law officer trained in emergency preparedness, crisis management, community policing concepts and problem solving who is assigned to work as a liaison to Montgomery County Public…

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Frederick Announces $425k Grant Awards for Community Nonprofits

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced $425,000 in one-time grant awards to help two nonprofit community projects. Funds will support construction of an emergency family shelter, a project of the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs as well as support the development of a heritage center being established by the African American Resources - Cultural and Heritage Society of Frederick. From the County press release: “Frederick County is a caring community, committed to making life…

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Hogan Rolls Back Reopenings: “This Is Not the Flu”

Governor Larry Hogan announces new restrictions as COVID-19 infections skyrocket across the state. Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. “In addition to masks, avoiding crowds, and social distancing, one of the most important things you can do to protect your friends and family is to get tested for COVID-19" said Hogan. Maryland today reported 2,149 new COVID-19 infections, the fourteenth consecutive day of at least…

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As COVID Cases Surge, Some School Systems Reevaluate Reopening Plans

While all Maryland public school systems began the academic year virtually, many jurisdictions hoped to transition into in-person learning, especially for certain groups of students. Now — with COVID-19 cases surging and Maryland in the "Red Zone," Governor Larry Hogan ordered reduced capacity for bars and restaurants statewide, issued an expanded public health advisory for out-of-state travel, and "strongly recommended" 25 people or less at in-person gatherings. Many counties have followed suit and further implemented even tighter…

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