Chesapeake Bay Gets Its Annual “Fiscal” Checkup

A far-reaching legislative analysis reviews both fiscal and policy issues related to the Chesapeake Bay Each year, among its many agency-by-agency budget analyses, the Department of Legislative Services has presented a review of the Chesapeake Bay. Bay programs stretch across multiple agencies, as well as local governments, and the report is a tidy spot for deep information on the status of Bay programs - both monetary- and results-oriented. The federally-mandated Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)…

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From Rehabilitation to Recreation – St. Mary’s Increases Scholarship Funds

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County approved a transfer of $44,000 into the scholarship fund for county kids to participate in Recreation and Parks Programs. The money is from the remaining funds from the St. Mary's County Juvenile Drug Court program. The program is shutting down after 14 years, due to low enrollment. Currently, only two students are enrolled. This is a wonderful gift for the youth of St. Mary’s County. It will allow some…

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2019 Legislative Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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Economic Benefits of Parks & Rec, Program Open Space, and Synthetic Turf at #MACoCon

A full audience of attendees to the MACo January 2019 Winter Conference learned about importance and benefits of county parks and recreation departments, Program Open Space, and some of the benefits and issues surrounding synthetic turf fields. The panel, More Than a TV Show: The Real Issues of "Parks and Recreation", was held on Thursday, January 3. Maryland Association of County Park and Recreation Administrators President and Harford County Parks and Recreation Director Kathleen Burley discussed the…

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Smart Growth Subcabinet Answers County Questions at #MACoCon

Returning county officials received an update from the Smart Growth Subcabinet on key land use, transportation, environmental, and economic development issues at the MACo January 2019 Winter Conference. The panel, A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet, was held on Wednesday, January 2.   The Subcabinet oversees and advises on Maryland’s growth policies and laws. Its members are mostly Cabinet secretaries or their designees. Maryland Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters serves as the…

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Here’s What the Smart Growth Subcabinet Will Discuss at #MACoCon

As previously reported by Conduit Street, the Smart Growth Subcabinet will be responding to county questions about land use, economic development, transportation, the environment, and other critical issues at the MACo January 2019 Winter Conference. While there will be time for an open question and answer session with the Subcabinet, the Subcabinet will mainly focus on answering questions that were previously submitted by the counties through MACo. Here are the county questions that the Subcabinet will…

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Get the Latest on Parks & Rec Issues & Controversies at #MACoCon

County park and recreation departments must juggle many different policy balls while providing your county with recreation, health, and economic benefits. Learn more about the benefits county park and rec departments bring to your residents and budget and the challenges they face at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference. More Than a TV Show: The Real Issues of "Parks and Recreation" Description The hit television show “Parks and Recreation” highlighted the challenges facing county parks and…

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Get Grant Funding For Your Outdoor Recreation Project Through the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) news release (2018-10-03) announced that the window for county and municipal governments to apply for grant funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund runs through December 18, 2018. All projects submitted for funding must be directly related to public outdoor recreation. The Fund is managed by the National Park Service and provides up to $800,000 to counties and municipalities through a 50 percent matching fund. Proposals…

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Sustainable Growth Commission Discusses A Better Maryland, Transportation, and Parks Plans

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission heard on updates on the new State Development Plan, A Better Maryland; the 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan; and the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan at its September 24, 2018, meeting in Leonardtown. A Better Maryland Maryland Secretary of Planning Robert McCord, Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters and other Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) representatives provided an update on the new State Development Plan, A Better Maryland. The plan,…

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Cecil Enhances Security, Wi-Fi at Calvert Regional Park

Visitors to Calvert Regional Park can now enjoy the benefits of no-fee Wi-Fi service, as well as an added sense of security as Cecil County recently updated and implemented new technology at the facility. According to a press release: Seven (7) wifi access points will provide coverage to the main activity field, the adjacent activity fields to the east and west in the main park, as well as additional coverage for the parking lot, basketball…

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