Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a joint meeting with members of the St. Mary’s County Legislative Delegation on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider requests by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, as well as proposals from organizations and citizens for the enactment of legislation during the 2020 session of the General Assembly of Maryland.
Citizens are encouraged to attend. Copies of the Legislative Proposals are available for viewing in the County Attorney’s office and online at: https://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Legislative Proposals 2020.pdf
Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities should be requested by contacting the St. Mary’s County Communications Director at (301)475-4200, extension 71342.
INDIAN HEAD, Md. ? It’s been more than 20 years since the last collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was signed between Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD) and American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), local 1923. On September 12, both union and command representatives officially recognized the new CBA at a signing ceremony at the NSWC IHEODTD Velocity Center.
“Reaching the agreement on the new CBA took a significant amount of work by both parties,” said Bill Shea, NSWC IHEODTD Director of Human Resources. “Collectively, we were able to come up with a new agreement that struck the appropriate balance between employee-friendly policies and mission accomplishment. At times, this required compromise by both parties. The impact of these efforts; however, will be felt for years to come, and I look forward to continuing our partnership with AFGE, local 1923 as we implement the new provisions contained within the CBA.”
Following the 2013 disestablishment of NSWC Naval EOD Technology Division at the Stump Neck Annex in Indian Head, Maryland, and its subsequent reorganization under then-NSWC Indian Head, the newly merged organization had seven separate bargaining units, each reinforcing different policies and practices. The different sets of rules for each bargaining unit made difficult to manage.
The command, with the backing of its union partners, filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to consolidate the seven separate bargaining units into one bargaining unit to become more efficient and effective as a command.
“The signatures on the master agreement are promises made by both parties and a document worth defending,” said AFGE, local 1923 Vice President Donnie Bicknell. “The joining of commands into one, and the joining of labor unions into one is a tough road to walk; but once achieved, that pathway to the future is open to all.”
In November 2015, FLRA designated AFGE, local 1923 as the exclusive representative of the newly created bargaining unit at Indian Head. After several years of negotiations, the new CBA became effective on July 23, 2019.
“This is a historic milestone for the command,” said NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraft. “The CBA ensures the command’s union employees are adequately represented while ensuring the warfighter and the joint services continue to receive the critical products they need with the professionalism they have come to expect from our command.”
NSWC IHEODTD – a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy's Science and Engineering Establishment – is the leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions. The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.
The St Mary's County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate missing person Ishaan Javon Young (Blk-M-09-12-03). He is 5-07, 115lbs, with black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen on 09-12-19 and was wearing a blue and gray jacket, white V neck tee shirt, blue jeans, and multicolor tennis shoes. He may be in the area of Patuxent Homes.
Thirty Firefighters from the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single family home fire on Grandiflora Court in Mechanicsville. It took them thirty minutes to control the blaze. The cause of the fire which originated on the exterior of the residence, remains under investigation at this time. Both occupants escaped the residence without injury, however the family dog perished in the fire. The occupants are being assisted by other family members and friends. The total estimated loss in the fire is $375,000.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – The Department of the Navy and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3, with concurrence from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), completed the Fifth Five-Year Review of existing Record of Decision (ROD) documents and ongoing remedial (environmental cleanup) actions at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. A Five-Year Review is required by Section 121 of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for remedial actions which result in any hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants remaining at a site at levels that do not allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure.
The purpose of the Five-Year Review was to ensure that these remedial actions are providing adequate protection of human health and the environment. The final report was completed in March 2019 and is available to the public through the two public repositories at these libraries:
Naval Air Station Patuxent River Library
22269 Cedar Point Road, Building 407
Patuxent River, MD 20629
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
St. Mary’s County Public Library
Lexington Park Branch
21677 FDR Boulevard
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Five-Year Review contains information on the following ER Sites: Site 1 Fishing Point Landfill and Site 12, Landfill Behind Rifle Range, Operable Unit (OU)-1, Site 6/6A, OU-1 – Bohneyard Site, Site 11 OU-1 and OU-2- Former and Current Sanitary Landfills, Site 17, OU-1 – Pesticide Shop (Building 841), Site 31 – Tire Shop Building 307, and Site 39 – Waste Tetrachloroethene (PCE) Storage Area (Building 503).
Community members who have questions or information about the effectiveness of the remedies and protection of human health and environment are encouraged to contact the Public Affairs Officer:
NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs
22268 Cedar Point Road, Building 409
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154