St. Mary's County Times December 07, 2017 - Page 6

6 Local News The County Times Thursday, December 7, 2017 Business Park Returns To Planning Commission By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Customer Appreciation Day S ATURDAY , D EC 9 TH STOREWIDE SALE ALL IN STOCK MERCHANDISE I T ’ S NOT TO LATE TO FIND THE PERFECT GIFT FOR A LOVED ONE THIS C HRISTMAS . | 301-737-4241 22595 Three Notch Rd. California, Md. 20619 A project proposed near the intersec- tion of Route 5 and Great Mills Road is returning to the county’s planning com- mission Dec. 11. The new name for the project is J.F. Taylor Engineering and Integration Fa- cility but it first came before the plan- ning commission as Cecil’s Mill Busi- ness Park. The new concept site plan up for ap- proval by the planning commission con- sists of a 28,736 square-foot, two-story office building including a one-story as- sembly warehouse that is 54,000 square feet in size. The project was delayed when mis- takes were found in the zoning map pertaining to the property on which the project would be built; the developer also left off the project to deal with other business concerns but planned to revisit it. The family-owned company works closely with the defense industry, par- ticularly in avionics, flight testing and unmanned systems. The property is nearly 25 acres in size and the original plans for the project in- cluded a residential development. The nearby residents, already weary of heavy traffic and long delays at the intersection of Great Mills Road and Route 5, have expressed opposition to the project because they believe it will further exacerbate traffic jams. County Officials to Join 2017 MACo Winter Conference Exploring partnerships across every level of government and the private sector … that’s the goal of the 2017 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter Confer- ence. The conference is expected to attract over 500 attendees interested in working together for the residents of Maryland. The conference takes place De- cember 6 – 8 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland. The conference’s theme, “The Power of Partnership,” focuses on intergovernmental cooperation and ways counties can partner with entities in the public and private sec- tors to achieve the best results for its citizens. Attendees will learn this and more during 28-educational break-out sessions, general sessions, meetings and briefings at the 3-day event. Representing St. Mary’s County Government at the conference are Commissioner President, and Leg- islative Committee member Randy Guy. He will moderate a panel en- titled Basics of Risk Management. Commissioners Tom Jarboe (1st Dis- trict) and MACo Legislative Com- mittee member Mike Hewitt (2nd District) will also attend the con- ference. County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, Public Works and Transportation director John Deat- rick and Public Information Offi- cer Tony Jones will also attend the conference. County elected officials, legisla- tors and other representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Bal- timore City gather in Dorchester County, Maryland, for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter Conference. The goal of the event is to provide county decision- makers and other participants with tools for more effective leadership and a clearer perspective on the is- sues which will be addressed during the upcoming Maryland General As- sembly Session. The ultimate result of attendance is more effective and efficient county government. “The conference’s theme ‘The Power of Partnerships’ is a goal we are striving to achieve here in St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner Randy Guy. “There are a number of initiatives on our wish list but in or- der to accomplish them we may need to consider public-private partner- ships. So what we are able to take away from the MACo conference will help us in our future decision making.” From St. Mary’s County PIO