Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Residents Encouraged to Provide Input on Cobb Island Bridge Design

“Vote the Bridge” Sessions to be Held Jan. 6 and 9

The Maryland State Highway Administration is moving forward with the preliminary design process to replace the existing bridge on Route MD 254 (Cobb Island Road) over Neale Sound. Residents are encouraged to participate in one of two opportunities to review the Cobb Island Bridge proposed design, Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9-11 a.m., at the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department (17069 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island).

“This is a rare opportunity for the public to vote on the layout of the new bridge. There will be four options to choose from. I encourage everyone who lives in the Cobb Neck region to take advantage of playing a role in what the entrance to Cobb Island will look like for the next several decades. Thanks to the State Highway Administration for working with us to permit this special election,” said Commissioner Vice President Ken Robinson (District 1).

The current bridge, originally constructed in 1963, is safe for the traveling public, but is nearing its useful service life. A new bridge is essential as the current bridge serves as the only route to the island. The project is funded for construction under Governor Larry Hogan’s Investment in Highways and Bridges program.

For additional information about the Cobb Island Bridge project, visit For additional information about the “Vote the Bridge” sessions, please contact Carol DeSoto, Commissioner Specialist, at 301-645-0691 or

County Staff and Officials Participate in MACo Winter Conference

Charles County Government staff and elected officials attended the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference on December 9-11, 2015. The goal of the conference is to provide county decision-makers and other participants with tools for more effective leadership and a clearer perspective on the issues that will be addressed during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly Session. MACo is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland counties by articulating local government needs to the Maryland General Assembly.

In attendance were: Elizabeth Theobalds, Acting County Attorney; Crystal Hunt, Public Information Officer/Chief of Media Services; Bill Shreve, Director of Public Works. Back Row (left to right): Michael Mallinoff, County Administrator; William Stephens, Director of Emergency Services; Bill Smith, Public Information Officer (Charles County Volunteer Fireman’s Association and Charles County Association of Emergency Medical Services); Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy; Commissioner Vice President Ken Robinson (District 1); Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed. (District 3); and Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4).

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