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Public Notice: The Calvert-St. Mary's Metropolitan Planning Organization presents the Transportation Improvement Program and Unified Planning Work Program for Public Review and Comment

On May 2, 2017, the Calvert-St. Mary's Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-SMMPO) Council published a draft of the FY 2018 - FY 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the FY 2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The TIP is a component of the prescribed Metropolitan Planning Process, and is a compendium of all federally-funded and regionally significant transportation projects that have been programmed for a four-year period for the C-SMMPO Area. The UPWP contains all the planning projects budgeted for the next fiscal year. The TIP and UPWP are available for review and comment by the public, consistent with the Organization's Public Participation Program. These documents will be presented to the Council for approval at May 18, 2017 meeting.

Public comments will be accepted from Wednesday, May 3, 2017 through Wednesday, May 18, 2017. The documents are available for review, in person, at the Land Use and Growth Management Office, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or on the MPO website: www.calvert-stmarysmpo.com. Comments can be submitted to Ashley Renshaw, MPO Planner, Land Use and Growth Management via email: ashley.renshaw@stmarysmd.com , via fax to 301-475-4635 or by mail to PO Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

The Calvert - St. Mary's Metropolitan Planning Organization does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including pregnancy) (except where age or sex are essential bona fide occupational requirements), sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry or national origin, religion, race, color, genetic information, actual or perceived disability, or gender-related identity or expression. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting Ashley Renshaw at the Calvert - St. Mary's Metropolitan Planning Organization at 301-475-4200, ext. *1505.

Volunteers Sought for Membership to Boards, Commissions and Committees

Citizens interested in playing a more active role in the community now have an opportunity to volunteer as a member of a board, commission or committee.

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County announce vacancies on the following boards, commissions and committees. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and membership applications can be downloaded from the county website at www.stmarysmd.com/voluntr/. Deadline to submit an application is May 25, 2017.

• Airport Advisory Committee

• Commission on Aging

• Commission on the Environment

• Historic Preservation Commission

• Human Relations Commission

• Transportation Commission

• The Following vacancies have special requirements:

• Electrical Examiners Board—Licensed Electrician

• Family Violence Coordinating Council—Family or Survivor of Violence, Clergy Member

• Plumbing and Fuel Gas Board—Licensed Plumber & a Representative of the Natural Gas Industry

Interested citizens can contact Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200, ext. *1700 for more information.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING—EXTENSION OF ROGERS DRIVE TO INTERSECT WITH WILLOWS ROAD

Notice is hereby given that the Commissioners of St. Mary's County will hold a Public Hearing on May 16 at 10 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland to receive comments and questions on community development and housing needs and to offer citizens the opportunity to review a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. This grant will enable the construction of an extension of Rogers Drive to intersect with Willows Road in the vicinity of John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, MD. The Commissioners of St. Mary's County proposes to submit a CDBG application on behalf of the St. Mary's County Community Development Corporation to the State to fund this community development project. Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing.

Project Title: Rogers Drive Extended Project

Public Agency: St. Mary's County Community Development Corporation

Purpose of Project: To extend Rogers Drive approximately 350 ft. from the Colony Square neighborhood to Willows Road in the vicinity of John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, MD.

Total Project Cost: $453,773

CDBG is a federal funded program administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development designed to assist units of local government with activities directed toward neighborhood and housing revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services.

CDBG reflects the State's economic and community development priorities and provides public funds for activities that meet one of the following national objectives in accordance with the Housing Community Development Act of 1974, as amended:

Give maximum feasible priority to activities that will benefit low and moderate income persons and households having an income equal to or less than the Section 8 lower income limits established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Aid in the prevention of elimination of slums or blight; and

Meet other community development needs of an urgent nature or that cause an immediate threat to community health and welfare.

For interested participants, public transportation using the county's STS bus system is available. Efforts will be made to accommodate non-English speaking residents with a notice of 5 days to Robin Finnacom at 301-475-4200, ext. *1407 or for the Deaf/hard of hearing to the Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-735-2258 (VTTY). The hearing location is fully accessible.

Written comments, questions and suggestions may be submitted on or before May 23, 2017 to Commissioners of St. Mary's County, Post office Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

COMMISSIONERS OF ST. MARY'S COUNTY

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING—RIGHT TO FARM

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary's County will hold a public hearing on May 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland to consider amendments to Chapter 254 of the Code of St. Mary's County, Maryland to amend Section 254-2. Definitions for agriculture operation and forestry; Section 254-4. RESOLUTIONS OF DISPUTES AND PROCEDURE FOR COMPLAINTS; INVESTIGATIONS AND DECISION, AND TO SECTION 254-6. Effect of other laws.

Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing. Note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearing, amendments may be made to the proposed amendment to Chapter 254 of the Code of St. Mary's County, Maryland. Written comments, questions and suggestions may be submitted on or before May 11 to: Commissioners of St. Mary's County, P. O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Copies of the proposed amendment to Chapter 254 of the Code of St. Mary's County, Maryland are available at the St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Seafood Division's office located in the Agriculture Service Center, 26737 Radio Station Way, Suite E-1, Leonardtown, MD or at www.stmarysmd.com/publichearings.asp. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities should be requested by contacting the St. Mary's County Public Information Officer at 301-475-4200, ext. *1342.

By: Chris Kaselemis, Director, St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development

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