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The developer is Armory Square LLC. The development team has a proven, successful record in Calvert County. They are local, and they are experienced in creating economically viable, attractive commercial properties throughout Maryland.
The development will occur after the study period is complete.
Kelly Robertson-Slagle, Director, Calvert County Department of Economic Development. Additional information may be found by visiting the developers’ website, www..thearmorysquare.com or by calling 301-842-6014.
The Board of County Commissioners may not legally develop commercial land.
The prior 2010 Comprehensive Plan and current Comprehensive Plan calls for economic development in all town centers. The property will be sold to encourage economic development in the Prince Frederick Town Center.
As referenced by the Calvert County Code of Public Laws § 6-104 - Contracts for sale of real property. [1985, ch. 715, § 2]., notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, the county may grant and convey any county interest in real property other than by formal bidding procedures if the Commissioners determine that it is in the best interest of the county to do so, provided that:
The board approved the purchase and sale agreement as presented based on the following: (1) the project will add approximately 125,500 square feet of new commercial space, (2) create 450 new jobs, (3) increase commercial tax revenue (4) allow for acquisition of strategically located land for the previously planned county bus transfer station.
The price was determined by taking the highest of two independent appraisals as called for by public law.
The building was in a state of disrepair and demolished in 2012.
None. The proposed multi-use development does not require any text amendments or new zoning regulations.
As with any public decision we do anticipate opposition to the decision to sell the property. However, while the county owns the property, the property is not generating tax revenue that can ultimately be used for other services such as public safety, education, etc.
This project will complement other commercial projects in Prince Frederick by offering a space for multi-use to thrive, creating foot traffic for other businesses in the Prince Frederick Town Center, and offering another location in the county to procure services instead of going outside the county to obtain similar services.
An update to the Prince Frederick Town Center Zoning Ordinance does not stop development in the Prince Frederick Town Center. Businesses can still obtain site plan approvals under current zoning regulations if they desire. Based on the anticipated size of the project, it can be developed under current regulations.
The developer will be required to conduct an independent traffic analysis for the project and make any required changes identified by that study.
The property acquired by the county will serve as a transfer station for Calvert County Public Transportation and will serve bus routes already served by Calvert County’s public transportation system.
No. At this time, no decision on the future of the old Armory building has been determined. The County will retain ownership.
Please contact Buildings and Grounds, ext. 2233 on how to obtain hand sanitizer and other cleaning/disinfection products.
Human Resources will be considering the situation with automatic payroll deduction related to local gym closures.
I have asked that question to our Director of Technology Services, Joe Klausner. Our resources are currently limited to deploy additional VPN access, but we are investigating how we can accomplish this moving forward.
Please contact your supervisor with a recommendation on how to best accomplish appropriate staffing levels, without degrading operational efficiency. I have trust in our leadership that every option brought before them will be considered.
Our hourly folks represent a critical component of how we operate on a daily basis while providing quality service to our citizens. We are going to do everything in our power to take care of all employees; hourly included. We have never been faced with a situation like this before, we aren’t there yet, but we are working on ensuring proper care is provided to all employees.
Liberal leave and telework have already been authorized. Employees should speak with their supervisors about options for both. We are also looking at other options for use of leave when utilizing Liberal Leave. We are absolutely considering the use of administrative leave. The decision to do so will not be arbitrary, but calculated; meaning, we have a responsibility to serve the public while considering your safety as well. Please know the safety of the entire county population is under constant consideration.
We are monitoring the situation, sometimes hourly, to protect your safety. We are currently discussing when/if to close our buildings to the public. Before doing so, there are several factors to consider; we are weighing each of them. One action already taken by a director with my approval was to stop Fast-Track Wednesday for the time being in Planning & Zoning. I appreciate everyone’s willingness to work with me while we work through the logistics of this decision.
We are currently asking that individuals attending a venue like those mentioned above allow for a self-imposed quarantine of at least a week. Should symptoms develop, a doctor’s review would be necessary to return to work.
We are concerned about the number of people in the parks who are there in large groups and are not adhering to recommended protective actions. Director Nazzal and I have already spoken on this matter and she is developing appropriate action plan. To Director Nazzal’s credit, she provided opinion against my early decision to shut the parks completely down. I agree with her in that eventually, citizens will need somewhere go with large enough open spaces within which they may contemplate for a better tomorrow. If each of us are the masters of maintaining social distancing, and not selfishly endangering others by traveling around either sick or with symptoms, use of large park areas remain beneficial. In the end, I made the decision to keep the parks open and will bear the burden of the same.
Absolutely. A shut down would be temporary and would not impact your healthcare benefits.
Liberal leave and telework have already been authorized. Every potential option allowing employees to telework will be considered. Directors with recommendations for outside the box thinking would contact TS personnel immediately. We must also consider the safety of our data system. Employees should speak with their supervisors about options. If we were to close county government, and you are not considered an essential employee, there would be no need to telework.
At this time, no. But we will continue to monitor this and provide an update when we have more detailed information.
Public/drive through testing is currently not set up in Calvert. We are monitoring this with the Calvert County Health Department and will keep staff informed of changes. I do know if you demonstrate symptoms, and your health care provider feels it’s warranted, a test can be prescribed. During a conference call with the Governor’s office on three of the last four days, the topic of obtaining enough test kits for all has been discussed. President Trump has taken action that will provide assistance to ensure production and delivery of necessary medical supplies becomes more efficient in the coming weeks.
If we were to close county government, all non-essential employees would not be required to come to work. Further, the decision to allow for administrative leave is being considered should the county shut down.
Our hourly staff represent a critical component of how we operate on a daily basis while providing quality service to our citizens. We are going to do everything in our power to take care of all employees; hourly included. We have never been faced with a situation like this before, we aren’t there yet, but we are working on ensuring proper care is provided to all employees.
Staff should exercise social distancing while at work. You should know that the Governor has reduced the gathering number to 10 or less. Having said that, a distance of no less than six feet should be maintained when possible. This may not be possible at all times, such as when riding in a vehicle. This is why your first level of defense is to ensure if you feel sick, you identify this to your supervisor. Highway Maintenance Crew Leaders are credible and responsible individuals. Each crew leader has the entire maintenance yard with which to gather their crew together to enforce the 10 person rule. Maybe some hard charger should suggest that crew assembly areas be designated around the site. All credit would be bestowed upon that person.
The State of Emergency notifies the public and elected officials that we are in an enhanced state of readiness to respond to COVID-19. It also provides some leeway to my office and the County Commissioners to relax some policies to make it possible to quickly respond to emergency needs such as purchasing and staffing. In short, it removes the potential for red tape.
The only staff receiving administrative leave are a limited number residing in the courthouse; their offices were closed due to an order by the Maryland Courts system. The position of these individuals are either forced to vacate daily operations; or remain in place as essential personnel.
This is a question that is not beyond my ability to conquer. I will tackle this question tomorrow and respond accordingly. We will find a solution. Families in this situation should not have the added burden of such fear.
Most supervisors would take offense to this question, but I will not. I’ll assume you are not aware of the many actions already put in place designed to protect our employees. We all have a job to do. If we feel the protective measures available to us are not sufficient, we may take leave, work from home if appropriate, request a more flexible schedule, maintain the recommended distance from others, create a more sanitary space around us, etc. If these actions don’t work, meet with your supervisor and work together to seek a solution. I suppose I could send all law enforcement home, all firemen and ambulance drivers, those that care for the elderly, those who maintain our public infrastructure allowing our hospitals and grocery stores to remain open, those hourly and temporary employees that believe they will not get paid if they are sent home, the judges that protect against domestic violence, the active duty military and national guard, the President and Governor just called to active duty for our protection, etc. The list is actually endless if one takes the time to think about, as I must for each and every one of you. Until recently, there were no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Calvert County. I am in constant contact with my Directors to make the best possible decisions for you; and yes, for our citizens that need us. If everybody went home, who would track this situation and feed you the necessary information from which positive decisions need to be made. Help me find a way to support all, and I mean all…and to you will be bestowed all credit.
I not only expect the leaders in charge of each department, division, section, etc., make decisions on behalf of their valued staff, I demand it. Every office is different, and not every decision made early is best for all. I would hope that each of you would address these issues with your supervisor. As the Administrator, I have asked each Director to consider actions they feel are needed to maintain the necessary support to our public, and equally to our fellow employees. They discuss major desired actions with me directly before major decisions are made. I authorize those decisions based on their ability to maintain operational support to our citizens. When appropriate, I’ll make similar decisions on behalf of all employees. If we focus on our specific jobs, we’ll be less distracted by the actions of others. Again, never hesitate to approach your supervisor and ask for consideration to take a particular action. 99% of all good leaders welcome the thoughtful input of others.
The Governor spoke about essential and non-essential businesses. For county government, each department maintains an essential and non-essential roster of employees. It is unusual for an entire department to be essential or non-essential for that matter. I recommend checking with your supervisor to determine which category your position falls under. If you cannot get a specific answer, then let me know and I will speak with your Department Head.
This question will be forwarded to the Director of Parks & Recreation for consideration.
We will handle child care issues on a case-by-case situation. If you are in this situation, please let your supervisor know and then contact Human Resources. We will work with you to the best of our abilities. The 2 week advance notice will not stop us from supporting our employees to the fullest appropriate level.
Human Resources will be considering the situation with automatic payroll deduction related to local gym closures. If you are charged inappropriately for a gym pass, the county will work to correct this situation.
I have personally submitted your concern to Dr. Polsky; he will follow up directly with me and I should have guidance for you shortly.
Since we try to work without using the names of employees within any particular department, we depend on your ability to communicate your desire directly to your supervisor. It will never be my intent to override a Director’s decision on staff business as related to operational readiness. I’m assuming that if a junior supervisor has not allowed you to telework, you have requested to go to the Director for additional consideration. Since liberal leave and telework have already been authorized, I encourage you to speak with your supervisors about options for both. We are also looking at other options for use of leave when requesting Liberal Leave alone doesn’t fit your exact need. We are absolutely considering the use of administrative leave. The decision to do so will not be arbitrary, but calculated; meaning, we absolutely have a responsibility to serve the public while considering your safety as well. Please know the safety of the entire county population is under constant consideration.
I recommend that you speak with the business owner; it wouldn’t be fair for me to speculate on a private business. Calvert County Government provides essential operations. If your question is specific to our organization, we have enacted a list of our precautionary actions that are available on our COVID-19 portal, www.calvertcountymd.gov/Coronavirus and will weigh closure decisions on a day-to-day basis.
I’m not sure I understand your point about not having heard about precautions. Precautions have been broadcast almost every day for at least the last two week in one form or another. Not simply on our website, but on the internet, the TV, the radio, newspapers, magazines, and even flyers left on doors and counter tops. We maintain a list of our precautionary actions on our COVID-19 portal, www.calvertcountymd.gov/Coronavirus. While the situation is changing daily, the precautions have not. With your point about plans; Again, plans have included the precautions mentioned, along with teleworking, taking liberal leave, using flextime, practicing social distancing while away from work, same as while at work. If you are meaning when will all building be shut down, that has be authorized as appropriately necessary. For example, the Animal Shelter was shut down because when school was shut down, kids swarmed the Shelter and forgot all about social distancing; endangering themselves, our employees, and even the animals. Most employees are trying to use the Courthouse partial closure as how we should act. That was not the action of the Governor, but the action of the State Judiciary that issues two Administrative Orders. The Governor did not follow that action but followed a calculated path to closures that made sense as related to the overall situation; keeping in mind that state employees must still serve the public. Having said that, we are weighing the closure decision daily.
I cannot emphasize enough to all employees that liberal leave and telework have already been authorized. These are unprecedented times that call for unprecedented decisions. Employees should speak with their supervisors about options for both. I have authorized the absolute stretching of the existing regulations where possible to try and find a way for every employee to be productive at her/his work, while also caring for young or elderly family. We are also looking at other options for use of leave when utilizing Liberal Leave. If you cannot obtain satisfactory resolution with your supervisor or Department Head, email me again. As mentioned above, it is not my desire to override any supervisor. Please try to have that calm and meaningful conversation to find the best solution for both you and your supervisor’s operational commitment.
At this time, we are staying the course. Liberal leave and telework have already been authorized. Employees should speak with their supervisors about options for both. We are also looking at other options for use of leave when utilizing Liberal Leave. We are absolutely considering the use of administrative leave. The decision to do so will not be arbitrary, but calculated; meaning, we have a responsibility to serve the public while considering your safety as well. Please know the safety of the entire county population is under constant consideration.
I will reach out to the Health Department and ask them to update their website.
Because I do care about you I must point out that this questioning really disappoints me. You think so little of the rest of us, but certainly quite a bit of yourself to make the comments above. Have you given thought that with your negative attitude whether this is the right place for you to work? This Coronavirus didn’t create any of our personalities, leadership abilities, personal faults, or ignite the fire of how any of us can make a positive difference. Each of us on our own decide who we are, what we do. There is a book by Jim Collins entitled “Good to Great”. The analogy used is of: the Driver is to the bus as the Director is to the department. Both the driver and the director must make sure folks are in the right seat on the bus or in the department. If not, there is discontent and jealously among the members; actions that will no doubt drive negativity. Sometimes the member is simply in the wrong seat; and, sometimes the member is simply on the wrong bus. You should read it. You have a strong personality and with training, maybe you can be a big shot.
This is how the “Big Shots” have tried to help; I know, because I’m the biggest deadbeat “Big Shot” in the county Government:
• Directed county employees to institute social distancing over and over again.
• Obtained approval from the board to establish very loose Liberal Leave guidelines.
• Directed Department Heads to accommodate employees for a variety of concerns including child care telework.
• Directed Department Heads to quickly deploy telework options and to exhaust all resources to do so.
By the way, our deputies within the Sheriff’s Office most likely fear the Coronavirus like everybody else. Yet, they are brave enough to move among the public at risk of the Coronavirus along with their already dangerous responsibilities. They can’t just go home. Let’s throw in the Fire & Rescue as well. They don’t watch the fire from their protected porches, they charge into the fire.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, among other things, requires certain employers (including Calvert County Government) to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 and requires employers to provide paid sick leave up to 80 hours, (or a prorated amount for part-time employees), to eligible employees when they are unable to work, or telework, due to a covered reason as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. These provisions will apply from the April 1, 2020 effective date through December 31, 2020.
More information regarding eligibility and leave benefits will be shared by the Department of Human Resources in the coming days.
You can stay home and telework if eligible.
You can ask your supervisor to move you to a less forward-facing position to ensure social distancing.
If an accommodation is not possible, you can stay home with approved leave (annual, personal, compensatory leave or leave without pay).
With a physician’s note indicating a medical need to self-isolate, you may request the use of Family Medical Leave or sick leave.
You can also ask your supervisor to move you to a less forward-facing position to ensure social distancing.
If an accommodation is not possible, you can stay home with approved leave (annual, personal, compensatory leave, Family Medical Leave or leave without pay).
Request Family Medical Leave, leave without pay or use other accrued leave.
Employees who have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19 and have been quarantined by Maryland Department of public health or other health officials, can return to work upon completing the isolation/quarantine protocol, which includes two negative tests.
If you are told to self-quarantine or self-isolate by your healthcare provider or a state/local public health official, even if you are not symptomatic, stay home. Notify your supervisor that you were instructed to self-quarantine by your healthcare provider.
You may use any leave type, Family Medical Leave or request leave without pay for self-quarantine.
If you are not symptomatic during the period of self-isolation or self-quarantine and telework is feasible, you may coordinate with your supervisor to telework during that period.
Contact your healthcare provider and follow their guidance. You are encouraged to use a telemedicine service.
If you are sick, stay home until you are fully recovered before returning to work.
Annual, personal, compensatory leave or leave without pay.
Effective immediately, all employees on initial probation will be granted their personal leave .
Effective immediately, all employees on initial probation may use accrued annual leave.
You can stay home and telework while caring for your children.
If it is not possible for you to telework, you can use leave (annual, personal, compensatory leave, Family Medical Leave or leave without pay).
Merit, part-time, grant-funded, contract and appointed employees are eligible for administrative leave, as are sworn employees of the Sheriff.
Temporary, hourly, and seasonal employees are not eligible for administrative leave.
Some employees may be designated as essential (as determined by the Department Head) and required to report for work or remain on duty when the County Government is closed during normal business hours.
Automatic payroll deductions for gym dues for Results Health and Fitness and Evolution Training Athletics memberships will be deducted from employee pay through the month of April. Should the mandate to close gyms remain in effect through April, the County will not process payroll deductions for gym dues in May.
That being said, all employees may cancel their gym memberships (and payroll deductions) without penalty at any time by completing the Gym Payroll Deduction form on the S drive under Human Resources, Wellness and emailing it to email@example.com. HR will ensure the payroll deduction is canceled and notify the gym of the membership cancellation.
No, your benefits will remain in effect, regardless of the county closing. Open Enrollment is scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020 to Friday, May 15, 2020 and will be conducted virtually. The benefits team is available at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any specific questions.
To ensure the benefits team can reach you even if the County is closed, please visit the Employee Access Center (EAC) to update your contact information, including personal email address. If you do not have access to the EAC, please email your preferred email address to email@example.com.
The due date for your performance evaluation will be extended thirty (30) days beyond the expiration of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, or June 30, 2020; whichever comes first.
Calvert County cannot restrict personal travel unless the employee is subject to call-in. However, since Governor Hogan has requested Maryland residents to limit unnecessary travel, employees will not be permitted to return to work within 14 days of returning from any personal travel that exceeds a 100 mile radius from their primary residence. The employee must be placed in an approved leave status or telework (if eligible) during this time. Annual Leave, Personal Leave, Compensatory Leave or Leave Without Pay may be requested for this use.
Employees who have traveled should stay home to self-monitor for coronavirus symptoms or lack thereof to preserve the health, safety and well being of staff, the public and the welfare of County operations. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information for Self-monitoring at:
Contact your supervisor to report the exposure.
Complete an Employee’s Report of Injury form and provide to Human Resources and your supervisor. The form can be found at S:\Human Resources\Risk Management and Safety\WORKERS’ COMP\Employee Injury Report Procedures.
Stay home with approved leave (sick, annual, personal, compensatory leave, Family Medical Leave or leave without pay) for 14 days.
You can telework if eligible.
I will make sure that all departments are maximizing social distancing to the fullest extent. I would rather authorize an additional vehicle be used than chance overexposure by any of my staff. Again, this is an example of helping with the overall leadership within any department by providing positive information up the leadership chain.
Yes, in light of the current local state of emergency, the Department of Human Resources has been authorized to implement changes to personnel policies regarding leave for employees on initial probation. Effective immediately, full time employees on initial probation (and part time employees with benefits with less than six months of service) have been granted personal leave and can request the use of their accrued annual leave.
In a time of so much uncertainty, we trust having this leave available now will provide staff with some sense of security.
I need to do follow up on this question so that I may provide a more informed response.
You can see the latest information by visiting the county’s virtual resource center: https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/coronavirus. Information is also available on our official social media page, Facebook, by visiting https://www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd/
The agreement maintains a requirement that service be extended to any area that has at least 15 homes per mile. This density requirement is the lowest density approved in Maryland.
County staff worked with Comcast to identify unserved areas that do not meet density requirements. Four unserved areas have been identified as eligible for build by Comcast.
The County will continue to work with Comcast to find opportunities to make expansion into unserved areas more affordable.
While internet service is not covered in the franchise agreement, the County will also pursue options and technologies to address internet coverage in unserved areas.
1974 Pleasant Peninsula Plan: “Control Our Own Destiny”1983 Comprehensive Plan: “Maintain the Rural Character” and “Promote a Strong Economy” 1997 Comprehensive Plan: “Establish 10 Visions”2004 Comprehensive Plan: “Stay the Course”2010 Plan Amendments: “Address State Laws”
For Comprehensive Plan Questions: Jenny Plummer-Welker, AICP, Long-Range Planner Calvert County Department of Community Planning & Building 150 Main Street, Suite 300; Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-1600, ext. 2333 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2333 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For Zoning Ordinance Questions: Mary Beth Cook, Director Calvert County Department of Community Planning & Zoning 150 Main Street, Suite 300; Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-1600, ext. 2334 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2334 Email: email@example.com
The current Comprehensive Plan update draft aims to better define town center boundaries by considering existing land use patterns, the size of the core community, the roadway network, utility extension policies, preservation priorities and environmental constraints.
New boundaries would simply include areas that naturally enhance the town centers; that is, the boundary now follows the natural parcel boundary lines. Redefining these boundaries will make future development in these locations more predictable and better identified with the associated town center. Using this method, the town centers of Solomons, Huntingtown, Lusby, Owings, Prince Frederick and St. Leonard would expand. Dunkirk Town Center is not expanding.
While the plan draft recommends expansions of some town centers, it does not automatically expand the boundaries. That can only be done through zoning amendments which involves a full public process.
The Prince Frederick Town Center is proposed to expand in two phases. The first phase, as outlined in the draft Comprehensive plan, would incorporate the areas currently zoned Employment Center, which has no assigned density and shares a border with the current town center and the area to the southeast zoned Residential. This would expand Prince Frederick Town Center by approximately 23 percent.
The proposed second phase would occur only after a future Comprehensive Plan update, Transportation Plan update, Zoning Ordinance update, and the Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan update is completed. To include this phase would require formal action by the Board of County Commissioners following completion of the state-mandated Comprehensive Plan update process.
Traffic studies completed by the state of Maryland are used in the comprehensive plan process, including a Prince Frederick area study conducted in 2011 and updated in 2013. The Board of County Commissioners also directed staff to update the county’s existing transportation plan that dates to 1997. An updated transportation plan will be done before the updated zoning regulations, which will dictate future density, are adopted. The transportation plan will cover near and long-term transportation statistics and goals countywide. By contrast, traffic studies are generally limited to smaller scales – a single intersection or a town center. The updated transportation plan will be used to determine if individual traffic studies are necessary during the future updating of all seven town center master plans.
Updating the county transportation plan prior to conducting new traffic studies follows the same logic of updating the comprehensive plan (countywide goals and vision) prior to developing zoning ordinances (specific implementation actions).
On the other hand, minor town centers contain a mix of uses, with concentrations of commercial, retail and civic and/or community uses. Minor town centers have more local-serving commercial uses when compared to major town centers. The county’s minor town centers are Huntingtown, Owings and St. Leonard.
Before lifting the moratorium, a detailed audit of the TDRs already existing had to occur. This type of audit had not been conducted in the 40-year history of the program. An electronic auditing program is nearing completion, which will be used when developing recommendations to reopen the Agricultural Preservation District program for future preservation. Meanwhile, other land preservation practices have been added over the years and remain in place.
Last year, over $1 million dollars in the county Purchase and Retirement (PAR) Fund went unused by property owners for the sale of associated Transferrable Development Rights (TDRs). This year, there is approximately $3.2 million set aside in the PAR fund. These funds directly impact preservation.
The BOCC also removed some restrictions to make it easier for the holders of TDRs to sell their holdings. Property owners holding TDRs are no longer restricted to 10 TDRs per annual transaction.
-- 9 changes between 1990-2000 (2/15/94; 6/13/95; 3/12/96; 3/19/96; 4/2/96; 12/23/97; 1/20/98; 12/8/98; 4/20/99)-- 8 changes between 2000-2010 (7/3/01; 5/29/01; 10/28/03; 12/2/03; 5/18/04; 8/10/04; 5/1/06; 3/25/08)-- 5 changes between 2011-present (5/4/12; 8/5/15; 11/30/15; 4/15/16; 7/29/16)
-- “…scale TDRs to match the type of development and require perhaps one TDR for an apartment, two for a condo, three for a duplex and five for single family residences.”-- The Prince Frederick Town Center charrette report made several key recommendations, one of which was to reform the TDR program
Based on growing concerns about the TDR program, in 2015 the Department of Planning & Zoning held several joint meetings with the agricultural and development community to discuss TDRs. To make certain that all there was even representation from both the development and agricultural community, four representatives were chose from each of the communities that included: Susie Hance-Wells, Wilson Freeland, Hagner Mister and Steve Oberg (agriculture); and Randy Barrett, Rick Bailey, Rodney Gertz and Anthony Williams (development). The group’s recommendations were presented to the Board of County Commissioners in May 2015; the new regulations were adopted and became effective in November of 2015. The group’s recommendations followed the process for zoning ordinance text amendments, including agency review, public hearing, recommendation by the Planning Commission and adoption by the BOCC.
The changes were also made in order to jumpstart the sale of TDRs within the Prince Frederick Town Center, text amendments were enacted. The County’s TDR program is designed to protect and preserve the rural character of the county by directing growth in the county’s Town Centers. Text amendments were necessary for Prince Frederick to reverse the trend of residential development occurring outside of the Town Center and to encourage residential growth in the Town Center, where previously it had been minimal.
Calvert County Government is now using eMaryland Marketplace, the State of Maryland bidding website, to bring you more efficient and effective bidding and procurement opportunities. The Purchasing Office is located in the County Services Plaza, 150 Main Street, Suite 105, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678. Please contact 410-535-1600 x2288. eMaryland Marketplace
The Board of License Commissioners, also known as the Liquor Board, provides information on how to apply, related documents and a meeting schedule.
The Department of Economic Development provides several services to support the local business community. Some include online business resources, marketing assistance, an ombudsman program and training and workshops. Call 410-535-4583 for full details. The department also works with several resource partners, such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), to provide additional programs. An SBDC business counselor is co-located with our office and provides free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling. To arrange an appointment, call 410-535-4583.
The county publishes several electronic newsletters available via email.
The department administers the Calvert County Economic Development Loan Fund, an alternative funding source for Calvert County businesses. Information on other funding sources can be obtained from the Small Business Development Center. To talk with a local business counselor, call 410-535-4583 or visit www.sbdchelp.com.
The county maintains a list of its major employers.
The Ecalvert.com economic development website has a host of information about the county, including demographics, economic facts and more.
A Commerce Zone is a designated location where businesses that locate in the pre-determined zone can receive a real property tax credit. Real property tax credits are a common economic development tool used by jurisdictions across the nation. Commerce Zones also allow the county to direct development to appropriately zoned locations. In Calvert County, Patuxent Business Park is a designated Commerce Zone.
On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, the Department of Economic Development offers an array of services to the business community. Presently, the county has a variety of incentives for new and expanding business. They include business counseling services, online business resource guides, free online employment classifieds for local businesses, fast-track permitting, financing assistance, the Calvert County Incentive Fund, the Calvert County Economic Development Loan Fund, real property tax credits, a free online commercial real estate tool for local realtors – CalvertProspector.com – and tailored training programs. Additionally, new initiatives to attract business such as zoning changes to the Prince Frederick Town Center and updates to the Calvert County Incentive Fund are examples of attractive selling points for businesses looking to locate in Calvert County.
Lists of potential jurors are pulled from both voter registration and MVA records; therefore, anyone with a driver's license or MVA-issued Maryland ID card is eligible to be called for jury duty even if they are not registered to vote.
The voting hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day, except for a Presidential General Election when the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
If this information is not provided at the time of registration, identification will be required before voting can proceed. However, there are residency and identification requirements for same day registration.
Maryland's top two political parties, in their bylaws, declare who can vote in their primary election. A voter who insists on voting a different party ballot will be required to complete a provisional application and ballot. Then after the election, office staff will research to determine if a request was received before the deadline or if a clerical mistake was made. If neither situation applies, the ballot will be rejected. In any event, the voter will receive credit for voting.
Note: In a General Election, parties have no bearing and all voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of political affiliation.
a. First, the agent picks up or downloads an Absentee Ballot Application as well as the Designation of Agent form.
b. Second, the agent would return the voter's Application and Agent form in person after the voter has signed both forms. If properly completed and signed, the ballot will then be given to the agent to hand carry to the voter.
c. The voter's ballot may be returned in person by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day or by mail, bearing a postmark on election day.
The Calvert County Election Board has no regulatory authority in Election Law over the placement of campaign signs. In general, campaign signs fall under the purview of Free Speech. There are no longer any time limitations as to when signs may be erected. Common sense is encouraged to maintain the beauty of our county. The State Highway Administration (SHA) prohibits any and all signs in the State's right-of-way. For more information, visit www.marylandroads.com, or call 410-545-2819. Calvert County's Community and Planning Building department follows the same guidelines as SHA for placement of political signs on county roads. For more information, visit their web page to view the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 6-8.05.E), or call 410-535-2348. A candidate should report any theft or destruction of signs to the Sheriff's Office at 410-535-2800.
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Registered voters may call the Election Board office to request information and an application. In most cases, election judges are assigned to work in their own precinct or as close to home as possible. Training is required, for which each judge will paid $25 along with election pay. Judges are paid a minimum of $175 for each election or early voting day worked.
Positions available to County employees only are clearly labeled as “In-House Position Announcements” and are emailed to employees and posted at sites without computer access. Non-county employees who apply for internal jobs will be informed that the application will not be accepted.
Hours are 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Appointments are required to file for disability or retirement. For general inquiries and appointments, contact their office at 1-888-866-5181. Their main office is in Suitland, at 6110 Allentown Road.
Social Security also has an office in Annapolis, at 180 Admiral Cochrane Dr. (Suite 210). You can also obtain information on their website. Social Security Administration
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This program is a partnership of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development with the Maryland Department of Aging.
Locally, the Calvert County Office on Aging and the Housing Authority of Calvert will be working with Calvert residents to enable them to make their homes more accessible through this project.
Improvements may include, but are not limited to, installation of grab bars and railings, widening of doorways, installation of ramps, accessible showers, and lever handles. Additions to accommodate first floor bathrooms and laundry rooms will be considered on a case by case basis.
The program provides 0 percent interest, deferred loans for a term of 30 years. Loans must be repaid upon sale, transfer, or refinance of the property. All closing costs will be included in the loan.
Seniors living with relatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Call the Calvert County Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.
You may join a Medicare Part D Plan when you first become eligible for Medicare, during the period that starts three months before the month you turn 65 and ends three months after the month you turn 65. If you get Medicare due to a disability, you can join three months before to three months after your 25th month of cash disability benefits.
You can join, switch, or drop a Medicare Drug Plan from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 of each year, or at any time you qualify for extra help.
You may still apply for extra help to help pay for your monthly premium, deductibles, and co-pays for medication. Call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213, visit their website, or call the Calvert County Office on Aging for more information or to apply.
The Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program will help pay up to $25 a month toward the cost of the monthly prescription drug premium for persons with annual income under $30,630 for a one-person household and $41,070 for a two-person household. Call this program at 800-551-5995, visit their website, or contact the Calvert County Office on Aging for an application and more information.
Call your prescription drug company to determine what medications are covered to treat your medical needs. You may request an exception from your plan for your medication and you may also appeal their decision.
For more information about the Medicare Prescription Drug Program, contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227, visit their website, review the Medicare and You handbook, or call the Calvert County Office on Aging Senior Health Insurance Program, 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.
There are several options for registration: Online: If you are an existing household with CCPR, online registration is available to you through WEBTRAC. Phone: Call the Main Office at 410-535-1600, 2225 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center at 410-414-8350 Mondays through Friday from 6:15 am to 8:45 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and register over the phone with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit/debit card. Walk in: Walk in registration will be taken at the following locations during normal hours of operation; Mt. Hope Community Center, Northeast Community Center, Southern Community Center, the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center and the Parks and Recreation Main Office. Note: Registration for minors (under 18 years of age) requires adult authorization and input.
Yes, visitors to Calvert County recreation and nature parks can recycle their plastic, glass and aluminum bottles and cans by placing them in blue bins adjacent to trash cans at each site.
The Procurement Office advertises all solicitations on the State of Maryland’s bidding website, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), which is free to all vendors. Registration is not required but in order to automatically receive bid notifications by email, vendors must register with eMMA on their website.
Additionally, formal bids are also posted on https://www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd/, on the bulletin board; outside of the Procurement Office which is located on the first floor of the County Services Plaza at 150 Main Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland and advertised for two consecutive weeks in at least two local newspapers.
Once your company is registered on eMaryland Marketplace Advantage as a vendor, you automatically receive email notifications of available bids, based on commodity codes. Since all Maryland State and Local agencies utilize this service, it will broaden your opportunity to provide goods and services statewide.
Once registered as a vendor, with your specific commodity codes, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) will email you with the link to view more detailed information on that particular bid. You will then be able to download the detailed bid package.
It is preferred that vendors contact the Procurement Office to make an appointment. This allows staff to dedicate uninterrupted time to the vendor to make their presentation.
Offline bidding refers to mailing or hand delivery of sealed formal bids directly to the Procurement Office. This is the current Calvert County Government procedure, we do not accept on-line bids.
Online bidding is an electronic filing of a bid through the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage website. The online bidding format on eMaryland Marketplace Advantage is not conducive with Calvert County Government’s sealed formal bidding document requirements.