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Citizens Encouraged to Get Involved in Local Government

The Charles County Commissioners are seeking county residents to fill vacancies on the following boards, committees, and commissions:

* Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board

* Animal Matters Hearing Board

* Area Council on Aging

* Board of Electrical Examiners

* Board of Fire and Rescue

* Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board)

*Disadvantaged Business Loan Review Committee

* Ethics

* Heritage Commission

* Historic Preservation Commission

* Homeowners' Association Dispute Review Board

* Monument Commission

* Newly Established Neighborhood Traffic Calming

Task Force

* Nuisance Abatement Board

* Wicomico Scenic River Commission

There are 5 vacancies on the Newly Established Neighborhood Traffic Calming Task Force. There is one vacancy for a member representing each of the following areas: Resident in the Charles County Development District; A resident in a rural neighborhood; a member of an HOA Board; A member of the Volunteer Fire Department and a resident in a community or neighborhood with no HOA. This

Task Force will assist the Department of Planning & Growth Management in developing a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program in Charles County. The Task Force will research the subject as well as provide suggestions and feedback for use in drafting Neighborhood Traffic Calming regulations. Charge is complete when traffic calming regulations have been proposed and acted upon by the Board of County Commissioners.

There is one vacancy on the Board of Electrical Examiners for a Charles County Licensed Master Electrician. The task of the Board of Electrical Examiners is to examine the qualifications and capabilities of all persons who are or desire a license for Master Electrician and/or Journeyman. Members serve 4-year terms.

There are 2 vacancies on the Disadvantaged Business Loan Review Committee. This Committee serves as an advisory review body for the purpose of reviewing and approving loans to eligible businesses under the procedures of the Disadvantaged Loan Fund. The Committee meets only when applications are received on an as needed basis.

There are 3 vacancies on the Heritage Commission for citizen members. The task of the Heritage Commission is to manage, procure, preserve and disseminate materials relating to the local history of Charles County. Members serve 4-year terms.

There is one vacancy on the Board of Fire and Rescue, which reviews the financing of the Fire Departments and Rescue Squads in Charles County and makes appropriate recommendations with regard to formulas for distribution of fire tax revenues, purchases of equipment and facility needs. The vacancy is for a resident member to serve a 4-year term.

Positions remain open until filled. Applications and a detailed list of all current vacancies are available on the Charles County Government website at www.CharlesCounty.org or by contacting Ms. Carol DeSoto, Commissioner Specialist, at 301-645-0691 or DesotoCCharlesCounty.org. A separate application must be submitted for each membership for which you wish to apply.