Caroline Appoints New Director of Public Works
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Caroline Appoints New Director of Public Works

The Caroline County Commissioners today announced the appointment of Ryan White as the Director of the Department of Public Works. White will be accepting leadership from previous Director Charles Copper, who retired earlier in June. “As a resident of Caroline County for more than 20 years, I’m familiar with the County’s infrastructure and am invested in our community,” said White. “I’m looking forward to bringing everything I’ve learned over my career back to Caroline County.”…

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Washington County’s Clean Street Sweeper Program Hits Major Milestone

The Washington County Division of Environmental Management recently announced that the Clean County street sweeper is well on its way to hitting the million-pound milestone. In just four months, the street sweeper has collected over 500,000 pounds of debris and trash. This collection effort is part of the Clean County Initiative that promotes Clean Streets, Clean Streams, Clean County. According to a press release: County Administrator Rob Slocum commented on the achievement of this milestone, "In a few short months,…

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Board of Public Works Moves Hogan’s Modified Traffic Relief Plan Forward

Maryland's Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted to move ahead with Governor Hogan's Traffic Relief Plan (after multiple amendments) by approving the proposed competitive solicitation for selecting a private party developer for the Program. Following contentious debate, the Board voted 2-1 to approve a restructured plan, rearranging the timetable of its steps to place the efforts on Interstate 270 first, and delay work on the Washington Beltway and interstate 295 until later phases. The Governor…

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Prepare Today for the 2019 Hurricane Season

FEMA Region III, serving the Mid-Atlantic region, advises residents and governments to be prepared for the storm season ahead - with specific tips to help you be ready. Everyone should know their risk for hurricanes and take steps to prepare. “We continue to work with all of our partners to prepare for the 2019 hurricane season,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “The past few years have seen hurricanes impact states across the…

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Frederick Announces Innovative Stormwater Management Prototype Project
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Frederick Announces Innovative Stormwater Management Prototype Project

State and local officials will hold a "tap-opening" ceremony at 10 a.m. on June 5 to launch an innovative project to demonstrate stormwater management options for property owners. The project is a collaboration of the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources, the University of Maryland Extension Services, and the Master Gardener Program. “This project uses captured rainwater to feed beautiful gardens,” said County Executive Jan Gardner. “Eight different techniques to harvest rainfall are showcased so…

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State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan
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State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan

State and local elected officials today held a press conference to discuss alternatives to Governor Larry Hogan's Traffic Relief Plan. The ambitious $11 billion project aims to relieve Maryland's traffic congestion woes by enlisting a private company to build and manage toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1135586905620398080 The Hogan administration says the plan will provide residents with much-needed traffic congestion relief without having to pay for it with taxpayer dollars. Officials…

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The County Program: Local Duties, Local Powers

State preemption of local laws, in particular those laws seeking to advance health, environment, and community preservation aims, is a national issue. This article is the first in a series exploring local government powers, their preemption, and implications for Maryland. What Makes Maryland #Countystrong? As compared with other states in the US, Maryland’s county governments have a relatively large role in the delivery of public services. This is in part because Maryland, unlike other states,…

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ELBC Highlights Latest Environmental Business Trends

The Maryland Environmental Service has announced a revised list of speakers and topics for the 2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference (EBLC). Speakers include members from the administration of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, county officials, academics, and representatives from private businesses. EBLC can be educational to not only private sector environmental businesses, but also to the government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. From the MES webpage on EBLC: At the 2019 EBLC, you’ll build your knowledge about…

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MACo Submits Comments on “A Better Maryland”

MACo offered both praise and constructive criticism in its comments on the draft of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. State law has required the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) to develop a statewide development plan for several decades. The Administration of Governor Martin O'Malley created the first plan, called PlanMaryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rescinded PlanMaryland and ordered the drafting of a new plan via Executive Order in 2017. MDP developed the new plan…

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