MACo Summer Series Schedule & Details Now Available!

MACo's Summer Series will bring county leaders and others involved in local government the timely and crucial information and discussion opportunities they need on a weekly basis. MACo announced last week that with the cancellation of the Summer Conference, a Summer Series of e-learning opportunities would be available to members and the wider government community in Maryland. MACo’s Summer Series will offer online educational and dialogue opportunities through live and interactive virtual sessions. Forums, presentations,…

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Kaiser, AP Investigate the State of Public Health Infrastructure

An underfunded workforce and lack of basic tools were some of the findings of the investigation into the nation's public health infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Kaiser Family Foundation and the Associated Press teamed up for the investigation which sought to understand the economic and other threats the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on the nation's public health infrastructure. As announced in a news release: Among the key findings in the series’s first story, “Hollowed-Out Public…

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June 25th IAC Meeting Minutes Available

Maryland's Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) was established by the Board of Public Works to administer Maryland's Public School Construction Program and is chaired by State Superintendent of Schools, Karen Salmon. The IAC operates under the provisions of the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures for the Administration of the School Construction Program which are approved and amended by the Board of Public Works. It meets once a month and the meetings are open to the…

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Keeping Up With Climate Change: Submit Your Questions Now!

Have questions about climate change and the actions both state and local governments are taking to mitigate its effects? Submit them now and then attend part two of MACo's Summer Series "Keeping Up With Climate Change" next Wednesday, July 8 from 12:30 pm -1:30 pm. Title: Keeping Up with Climate Change Description: Maryland has committed to achieving ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Maryland Commission on Climate Change is tasked with advising the Governor…

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Calvert Announces Minor Organizational Restructure to Increase Efficiency, Services
Board of Calvert County Commissioners
Calvert Announces Minor Organizational Restructure to Increase Efficiency, Services

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announced a minor reorganization plan designed to improve overall government operations and services to the public. The changes, which do not call for staff reductions, took effect on July 1, 2020. To better meet the needs of the residents, the County made minor changes in the General Services and Public Works Departments. First, the departmental reporting structure will be realigned, and all departments will report to Calvert…

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Overdose Epidemic Quietly Rages as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Surge

Jurisdictions nationwide are seeing spikes in overdoses and factors related to COVID-19 isolation, economic devestation, and disrupted drug trade are suspected as contributing to the spike.  According to federal data March, April, and May of 2020 respectively saw 18, 29, and 42 percent increases in overdose deaths nationwide compared to the same months last year. As COVID-19 continues to surge experts worry we will likewise continue to see an increase in overdoses and need for…

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Harford Offering Curbside Pickup for Tax Payments

To limit the spread of COVID-19, Harford County is offering curbside pickup at its Bel Air office for residents who choose to pay property taxes and other fees in person. County residents, and especially senior citizens, are still strongly encouraged to pay by mail or electronically. The curbside service, which coincides with the annual issuance of property tax bills, will begin on Monday, July 6. Residents may pull up outside the county administration building, remain…

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Carroll Announces New Director of Fire and EMS
Robert McCoy (photo courtesy of Carroll County Government)
Carroll Announces New Director of Fire and EMS

Carroll County announces first-ever director of the newly established Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners today announced that Robert McCoy will serve as the first director of the Carroll County of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. McCoy will step into his new role with Carroll County Government on July 9, 2020. McCoy brings 37 years of fire service experience, 20 years in senior management, and direct experience…

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State AGs Urge EPA to Strengthen Air Quality Standards

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined a coalition of state attorneys general in calling on the Trump administration to institute stricter air quality standards. In April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they were proposing to forgo revision of particulate matter air quality standards and maintain those put in place in 2012. Yesterday, attorneys general from 17 states including Maryland wrote to EPA explaining their view that federal air quality standards are due…

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Governor Extends Utility Shutoff Moratorium to August 1

The executive order extends the moratorium against the terminating resident’s utilities or charging them late fees to August 1, 2020.  The order helps protect individuals who have lost work or income due to the coronavirus pandemic from experiencing shutoffs of critical utilities. The Baltimore Sun reports: “No electric, gas, sewage disposal, telegraph, telephone, water, or cable television company, or internet service provider, or any company providing a combination of such services (a “Residential Service Company”),…

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Baltimore County Announces Innovative, Hybrid Summer Youth Employment Program

Amid the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will provide an innovative Summer Youth Employment Program that will offer a hybrid of virtual training and onsite opportunities. Beginning July 6, Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for youth, ages 14 to 21, offering real-world work experiences. This year, students will be placed in either virtual or onsite opportunities. “While…

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