Leonardtown, MD – St. Mary’s County Government is committed to providing safe and accessible services to all residents of our community and we recognize that inclement weather can affect residents differently depending upon location.
The forecast for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2020, is a slight chance of snow before 10 a.m., then a chance of snow and sleet between 10 a.m. and 1p.m., then rain after 1p.m. The temperature will only have a high near 41, South wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected. Saturday Night’s forecast calls for rain likely, mainly before 10 p.m., mostly cloudy, with a low around 37 and southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70% with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Preparation is underway at the County Department of Public Works & Transportation. Should you encounter unsafe conditions or any impediments to public safety, please call the non-emergency Citizen Notification System line at 301-475-8016. Unsafe conditions can vary from icy sidewalks or roadways, trees or limbs down, to other weather-related safety concerns.
This non-emergency number is monitored 24 hours a day and can be used to report conditions or situations that will activate a response from St. Mary’s County public agencies. Play it safe, if you see it, report it.
In cases of emergency, immediately dial 911.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit prepare.stmarysmd.com.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution that would temporarily suspend approval of site development plans or Certificates of Use and Occupancy for any property whose use will include adult entertainment in Charles County. Commissioners took this action so the county can update its zoning regulations to limit adverse public impacts of adult entertainment activities. The resolution will take effect immediately and expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
“Recent efforts to open an adult entertainment club in an area near churches, schools and residential neighborhoods were unwelcomed by the community and it necessitated the Board’s action today,” stated Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “We need this resolution to give the county time to conduct a thorough review of our zoning ordinances and a study regarding the adverse impacts of adult entertainment establishments to ensure they are addressed.”
Charles County’s zoning regulations do not currently provide specific guidance or restrictions on adult entertainment clubs and related activities. The resolution requires all applicants seeking a Certificate of Use and Occupancy to provide a written statement that no adult entertainment activities will occur on their property as part of its business operations. The county’s Zoning Officer is authorized to deny any application that does not include it.
The Board of County Commissioners has directed staff in the Department of Planning and Growth Management to study the issue and draft a zoning text amendment that will legally regulate the location, signage, security requirements, hours of operation and related activities of adult entertainment establishments. The Board of County Commissioners has directed staff to present the zoning text amendment for the Board’s consideration by Jul. 1, 2020.