St. Mary's County Times January 11, 2018 - Page 5

Thursday, January 11, 2018 The County Times County Votes To Fund Homeless Survey By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The tri-county agency known as the Continuum of Care undertakes an an- nual survey aimed at recording every homeless person in the region, but this year they say they have not received the grant funding necessary to get the job done. They have asked the Commissioers of St. Marys’ County to pick up the slack. “In years past we have received grant money from the state to help facilitate the point-in-time (PIT) survey,” wrote Sara Martin, board chair of the care con- tinuum in a Dec. 14 missive. “This year the grant is not being offered and we were not given any notice of this fund- ing not being available. “Without the necessary funds we will not be able to have a successful point-in- time survey.” At t heir Tuesday meeting the commis- sioner board voted unanimously to fund the survey. Martin said in her letter that a signifi- cant amount of the PIT involves spend- ing money on the homeless. “Offering a homeless person a gift card to a local restaurant or gas station is an effective tool which encourages them to open up and talk to the person admin- istering the survey,” Martin wrote. The rest of the funding for the PIT goes towards advertising, Martin wrote, which helps to solicit volunteers for the survey and to encourage the homeless to seek out those volunteers. Martin said the continuum was solic- iting help from both Calvert and Charles counties as well as St. Mary’s. “We respectfully ask that each county provide $2,000 to cover the costs associ- ated with a successful PIT. Three Oaks Center in Lexington Park takes the lead on the PIT homeless sur- vey in St. Mary’s County; it is set to take place Jan. 24. Local News 5 8th Annual Southern Maryland Bridal Expo S unday , J anuary 14 th 11:30 - 2:30 Bay District Fire Department Braddock Hall The Grand prize will be a new wedding gown from Today’s Bride up to a value of $1,000.00. The drawing for the Grand prize will be at 2:30 pm. Admission is FREE and tickets are not required. Registration & Information For more information contact Patrick Stanley Jr. at 301-863-1029 or 46900 South Shangri-La Drive | Lexington Park, Maryland Town Commissioners Approve Extra ENR Project Money By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Leonardtown Town Council ap- proved Monday an extra $79,000 be paid to the construction management firm overseeing the upgrades to the town’s waste water treatment plant. Town Administrator Laschelle McK- ay said the extra money was to cover costs incurred by GHD, Inc. of Bowie to manage the project four months after it was to be completed. The project, which the town under- took years ago with a lengthy design phase and then had to halt because of funding problems due to the economic downturn, aims to improve the plant’s ability to remove pollutants. The enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) upgrades allow the plant to remove even more nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater before it is discharged back into open water. The upgrades do not increase the plant’s capacity, however. The $17 million project has run into several delays, McKay said, and the la- goon at the facility has also had to have repairs. The contractor installing the up- grades is MEB General Contractors of Virginia. “Those repairs were unforeseen,” McKay told The County Times. “It’s a very large project.” The project was mandated by the state’s Department of the Environment. Town officials expect the project to be completed by Jan. 31. Just Listed ! LIST PR $329 ICE: ,900 6235 TROTTERS GLEN DR., HUGHESVILLE, MD 20637 ONLY $329,900!! 4 Bed 3 Full baths, Full Unfinished Basement, Secluded Private Wooded One Acre Lot, backs to Enormous Park Land! Brickfront, Side-Load 2 Car Garage, Wraparound Front Porch, 2 Story Foyer, Fireplace, Office on 1st Floor, next to Full Bath, Could be 5th Bedroom! Hardwood Floors, Tray Ceiling Master Suite with Super Bath! Steve Atkocius Broker/Realtor Purple Post Real Estate 301-399-3089 I HAVE SOLD MANY HOMES IN YOUR AREA RECENTLY AND IN THE LAST 20 YEARS ! L I S T I N G P R I