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The BOCC meets for public hearings in the Winchester Hall 1st floor hearing room on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month at 7:00 p.m.
The BOCC meeting dates are subject to change.
You may speak for three minutes at the end of a "worksession" meeting agenda topic about that particular item. "Administrative" agenda items are not open for public comment, as they most likely have already been through the public hearing process, or are BOCC managerial action items. You may also speak for three minutes about any item at the end of a meeting.
You may sign up to speak for five minutes at a public hearing (which often takes place in the evening). A sign-up sheet is available at the door when entering the designated meeting room.
Also, there is no charge for a copy of any of the commissioners' meetings. Simply drop off a blank DVD(s) along with a request for the meeting dates(s) that you would like copied to the commissioners’ receptionist, third floor, Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland.
Once the DVD(s) has been copied, you will be contacted to pick up your copy at the reception desk. Please allow up to one week for your request to be completed.
If you have any questions, please contact Administrative Coordinator Patti Morrow at 301-600-6083 or via e-mail at pmorrow@FrederickCountyMD.gov.
Proclamation presentations are made by the BOCC at their Thursday meetings at 10:00 a.m., and usually no more than two proclamations are scheduled for the same day. The Commissioners issue proclamations recognizing national and local events and organizations in Frederick County. Proclamation presentations are televised live on Frederick County Government Television, cable channel 19, and on the Internet at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/video.
Once a certificate has been completed and signed by the BOCC, it will be mailed to you or you may pick it up at Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, at your convenience.
The district court commissioners are judicial officers who perform judicial functions for the District Court of Maryland. You may contact the district court commissioners 24 hours/7 days a week at 301-600-2009, 7300 Marcie's Choice Lane, Frederick, Maryland, or Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 301-600-1501, 14 West Patrick Street, Suite 110, Frederick, Maryland.
Does the individual understand that a decision needs to be made? Dies the individual understand the options available in making a decision? Does the individual understand the potential consequences of the decision and options? Can the individual direct the decision to appropriate parties? The areas of decision making on which most guardianships are focused are living conditions, medical care, vocations and educational services, ancillary professional services, caring for dependents, and managing finances.
provide a description of the nature and type of disability and an explanation of how that disability impacts the individual's decision making; offer an analysis and results of evaluations of the individual's mental and physical condition, educational level, adaptive behavior and social skills as appropriate; state an opinion about the need for guardianship, and provide supporting reasons for this opinion; and recommend suitable living arrangements and treatment or habilitation plans. This report should accurate reflect the skills and abilities of the person as well as the deficits and problems. Finally the report must be signed by all involved in the evaluation. Two Physician's or Psychologist's Certificates must also accompany the evaluation. The report must be timely and meet a time frame that is usually stated in the statute
A petition, which is the official request for the appointment of a guardian, will be prepared and signed by someone alleging incapacity, and the need for guardianship; it is then filed.
A hearing date will be set and usually a Summons is served. The summons is the official notice to the person with disabilities about guardianship proceedings, the time, and place.
Notice of the date, time and place of the guardianship proceedings is given to any interested parties, family members, proposed guardian, etc., in order that they can be present at the hearing if they choose.
A hearing will be held and evidence presented about the need for guardianship. The potential ward is usually represented by an attorney during the hearing process. Although, at times, the hearing may seem to be quite informal, this is an adversarial process and the petitioner must clearly demonstrate to the court that the individual needs a guardian of some sort.
The above includes very broad and general descriptions. During the appointment proceedings of a guardian the alleged disable person has specific due process rights that are enumerated in the various state laws. Although an attorney may not be required to establish guardianship in some areas, this is a legal process. It may be best to consult an attorney familiar with guardianship proceedings and disability.
Individuals - 18 years of age, not convicted of a felony, and not adjudicated disabled. Non-related professional Guardian - 18 years of age, not convicted of a felony, and not adjudicated disabled. A public or private institution, not supplying housing. Financial institutions (for estate matters only).
Person - makes decisions about person, programs, medical care, residence, release of confidential information. Property - manages and makes decisions about financial matters, benefits, real estate and other property often referred to as conservator. Plenary - means total and can be attached to guardianship of person or property or both. In most states there are exclusions to plenary guardianship, which may be residential placement, certain medical procedures, and sale or transfer of property. The guidelines again are in the state laws regulating guardianship. Limited - means that the guardian has only the authority specifically given by court order. The ward keeps all other decision-making rights not specifically outlines by the court order. In most states the appointment of a limited guardian does not equal a finding of legal incompetence. Successor - the court appoints another guardian when the original guardian dies, resigns, or is removed. Usually the successor has the same powers of the original guardian.
In Frederick County, the Adult Disabled Review Board meets quarterly to review each ward's case individually for appropriateness of guardianship and the need for continued guardianship services.
Information is available on the READY Frederick County website www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/READY to assist you in formulating your plan. To further assist you, links are also available to the READY.gov federal website and the American Red Cross - Frederick County Chapter. During an emergency, the County’s web site and local TV/radio stations will provide emergency information.
You also want to be prepared to “shelter in place” for 3 days. (For example, a big snow storm.) To shelter comfortably, you will want to have the basics: 1 gallon of water per person per day, food and manual can opener, a week’s supply of prescription medication, battery powered radio with extra batteries, extra batteries for hearing aids or other assistance devices, flashlight with extra batteries, a list of contacts with family members, friends, doctors, and first aid supplies. Any items you normally use that you would need for 3 days should an emergency occur should also be included. If you have a pet, you will need 3 days supply of food and water for each pet. Should you have to evacuate, these supplies should go with you. More extensive lists and information can be found on websites dealing with preparedness, such as www.ready.gov.
It is also a very good idea to have a “go bag” ready in case you have to evacuate either your home or work place. This small bag could include those personal items you would need if you had to leave without any notice as well as copies of financial records, pet’s veterinarian records, extra keys for house and car, cash, spare glasses or other special needs items, such as medications, batteries for assistance devices and copies of family documents.
Ask your supervisor for the company’s emergency plan and make sure you understand fully what their plans and policies are. You may also want to plan and practice an evacuation if the company does not routinely offer drills.
If you need assistance, make sure you coordinate with your supervisor and plan with co-workers in advance so they can provide assistance.
If you have hearing loss, you may also want to consider purchasing a close captioned battery operated TV in case of power outage.
For Frederick County Schools please visit www.FCPS.org
A variety of public and private entities notify local cable news and radio stations.
930 WFMD AMWFRE 99.9 FM WAFY KEY 103.1 FM NBC 25 WHAG - TVCable Channel 19 - Frederick County GovernmentCable Channel 18 - Frederick County Public SchoolsCable Channel 99 - Some of Frederick County's Municipalities, call your town office for more information
These exercises imagine incident-based scenarios that are most likely to occur and the County’s proposed response to the situation, based on available resources. The learning experiences gained from these exercises allow emergency managers to act as facilitators to emergency responders by providing support, expertise, and avenues to obtain resources that may be required to manage a particular incident.
Being aware and staying informed is key to reducing threats to life or property during a disaster. The Division of Emergency Management’s role is to support public safety agencies, continuity of government operations, and to provide reliable and timely information to the public during an emergency. The Emergency Operations Plan provides guidance across County departments, agencies and response organizations by describing an overall emergency response system.
The County offers emergency notifications through a variety of different methods such as text, television, website and radio.
During an emergency, the County’s resources may be scarce. That is why we encourage all residents to plan in advance, with neighbors, friends and family so if you should need assistance, you have people you can call on.
At times, travel restrictions are part of a State of Emergency. This is typically done to allow snowplows to clear the roads. At other times government offices may be closed. A State of Emergency permits government officials to recommend specific actions that citizens should take to insure the safety of their families and homes during the emergency. Each emergency is different, and different factors will impact the decisions made by State officials in response to the incident.
Prohibited parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes and the use of snow tires/chains (most cars now use all weather tires, so changing to "snow" tires is unnecessary).
Once an emergency is in effect, all requirements are in effect until lifted. A Snow Emergency Plan is put into effect by county. Certain exceptions can occur while a snow emergency plan is in effect. A specific route(s) can be lifted and the remainders of the roads in the county still remain under the Snow Emergency Plan. For the most up to date information, it is advised to call the local MSP barrack for the county. In Frederick County, contact the Maryland State Police B Barrack at 301-600-4151. List of Maryland State Police Barracks
WatchA watch is used when conditions are favorable for dangerous weather to occur. The weather is not currently occurring.
WarningA warning means dangerous weather is happening in a certain region or is extremely likely to happen soon.
Weather watches typically come many hours before warnings. For example, a winter storm watch is usually declared for an area from 12 to 36 hours prior to a storm, while a warning indicates that a storm has been observed nearby and is about to hit the area.
AdvisoryAnother type of weather alert is an advisory. An advisory is similar to a warning except that the weather conditions are not as severe.
Although dealing with any disaster in the County will be paramount, the continuity of operations of the County Government must be maintained. Our emergency support functions, which include all County agencies, have established contingency plans to maintain operations to the entire County, even those who may not be affected by disaster.
Frederick County generally does not open warming or cooling centers unless extreme circumstances warrant them, such as the 2010 February Blizzard. If you are in need of a location to warm up/cool down, public libraries and other public buildings are an excellent resource.
From points South, take I-270 North to U.S. 15 in Frederick
From points North, take U.S. 15 to Frederick
From Route 15, take the Rosemont Avenue Exit (turn right if coming north and left if coming south on 15). Montevue Lane is a left-hand turn at the traffic lights in front of Fort Detrick (third light on Rosemont).
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ATSDR’s Public Health Assessment estimated the TCE and PCE exposure doses to residents of those houses by using the maximum measured concentrations of the chemicals in 1992 (when potable use of the wells ceased). Evaluation of these contaminants and estimated ingestion doses of TCE and PCE for children and adults lead to the following conclusions:a) "Harmful effects are unlikely for users of the contaminated private wells based on maximum measured concentrations of PCE and TCE (cancer and non-cancer health effects). b) Residences with contaminated wells are currently being provided with alternate water. Current exposure to VOCs at these locations is limited to incidental use of the wells for irrigation or other outside uses. These exposures are unlikely to result in any harmful health effects.
The full ATSDR report can be found here: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/FtDetrickAreaBGroundwater/FortDetrickPHAFinal12-09- 2009.pdf
When trying to determine whether a group of cancers is due to chance alone, or is a true “cluster,” some of the questions that should be asked include: (a) Is this the same type of cancer, or is it many different types?; (b) Are the cancers occurring in people who typically get this kind of cancer, or are these cancers happening in people who don’t typically get this type of cancer?; (c) Are the cancers occurring in people who are known to have a specific exposure?; (d) If an exposure is suspected of being related to a cancer, is there a reasonable period of time between when the exposure happened and when the cancer happened (because chemicals that are known to cause cancer typically take several years to several decades between when the exposure happens and when the cancer is finally apparent)?; and (e) Are the cancers common cancers, or are they very rare types of cancers?
The Maryland Cancer Registry is an ongoing registry since 1992, and the data are used for many different purposes. For example, data are used to look at the numbers and rates of cancer by type of cancer, race, ethnicity, age, gender, and geographic residence. In addition to all of its other responsibilities, the Registry provides data to the counties, which use the data to target cancer surveillance, screening, and prevention activities in conjunction with local health care providers and organizations. The review of state cancer data, to determine whether any particular area has more cancer than would be expected under normal circumstances, is a complicated task that requires additional resources beyond the other activities of the Registry and the health department. However, both the state and county health departments are committed to providing resources to this review of Registry data, because of community concerns.
The Frederick County Health Department conducted a Community Health Assessment in 2007 by surveying Frederick County residents. Participants were asked about a past diagnosis of non-skin cancer and modifiable risk factors associated with the development of cancer. The responses were then reported out separately for respondents from Central Frederick County, Northern Frederick County, and Southern Frederick County. The full Community Health Assessment can be found at http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=2371 .For more information: Question and Answers about Cancer Clusters (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) http://fha.maryland.gov/pdf/cancer/mcr_combined_cancer_cluster.pdf
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began its preliminary investigation using data that was already collected by the Maryland Cancer Registry. The initial cancer investigation is being conducted to answer questions and concerns that have been raised by Frederick County residents about cancer in the area, and proceeded independently of any ongoing issues related to environmental remediation at Fort Detrick. As additional concerns are raised as a result of this preliminary investigation and any future investigations, they will be addressed by the Frederick County Health Department, working together with the appropriate state and federal agencies.
Area B has been the primary location of waste management activities for Fort Detrick and is the location of an active municipal landfill, animal farm, former skeet range, former explosives storage area, and former waste disposal/test areas associated with former research activities.
In the late 1940s, the Special Operations Group of Fort Detrick installed a test grid in Area B to test both live and simulant biological warfare (BW) materials. A list of the live agent materials used in Area B is not available, but it is known that simulant materials used included Bacillus globigii, Serratia marcescens, and Escherichia coli. Test animals were buried in trenches or pits located in Area B after autoclave sterilization. Many types of munitions were tested on the test grid in Area B.
Anthrax was buried in Area B. In addition, radiological tracer materials were reportedly buried at three locations in Area B, including radioactive carbon, sulfur, and phosphorous. Two cylinders marked “Phosgene” were also reportedly buried in Area B. Phosgene is considered a lethal chemical agent.
In 1970 and 1971, after the United States outlawed biological research for offensive operations, a decontamination program was initiated for Fort Detrick. Decontamination procedures for residual biological/chemical research materials included autoclave steam sterilization and incineration. Incineration ash was tilled into soil in the northwestern corner of Area B (Pit 13). Research buildings and equipment were also decontaminated, and an extensive wipe sampling program was completed after decontamination. In addition, sewage drainage lines were cut and capped, and drainage systems were filled with hypochlorite solution.
In 1977, severe soil erosion exposed buried scrap materials and created several deep cavities in Area B. The areas were subsequently covered with soil.
In June 2004, a removal action was completed at Area B-11, an Area B chemical disposal area. Activities completed included the removal of contaminated soil, chemical containers, compressed gas cylinders, and laboratory waste. The discovery of live pathogens in medical wastes at Area B-11 caused suspension of all intrusive work at the disposal area. The southwestern portion of Area B contains three known chemical waste disposal pits (Pits 1, 3, and 4), one suspected chemical waste disposal pit (Pit 2), and one ash disposal pit. Area B-11, also known as Pit 11, is reported to have received various types of waste chemicals from Fort Detrick, the National Bureau of Standards, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1955 to 1970.
Reportedly, eight 55-gallon drums of TCE were disposed of in Pit 1. Wastes disposed of in the pits included metals, wood, general waste from laboratory modifications and building demolition, refuse from housing and animal farm operations, acids and chemicals, incinerated medical waste, waste herbicides and insecticides, phosgene, and animals potentially contaminated by anthrax. Area B-11 is underlain by solution-weathered limestone of the Frederick Formation, a karst formation aquifer. Solution features such as voids were identified in Area B-11 during the installation of monitoring wells. The voids are 10 to 87 feet long and were encountered with the greatest concentration in the first 100 feet of drilling. Drilling in Area B-11 revealed that bedrock is located at 32 to 33 feet below ground surface (bgs). The nature of karst conditions in Area B-11 increases the probability of releases to ground water from wastes disposed of in Area B-11. Wastes may have been disposed of directly into karst solution cavities (voids). All of these disposal activities could have resulted in ground water contamination.
The EPA has requested that the Army undertake an Archives Search Report to identify all materials used, tested, and disposed of at Area B over time. Such historical information will aid in determining what potentially could exist at Area B.
The EPA maximum contaminant level for the amount of tetrachloroethylene that can be in drinking water is 0.005 milligrams tetrachloroethylene per liter of water (0.005 mg/L). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a limit of 100 ppm for an 8-hour workday over a 40-hour workweek. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that tetrachloroethylene be handled as a potential carcinogen and recommends that levels in workplace air should be as low as possible. [Source: ATSDR ToxFAQs accessed 12/29/10, http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/TF.asp?id=264&tid=48 ]
TCE is Trichloroethylene (TCE), a nonflammable, colorless liquid with a somewhat sweet odor and a sweet, burning taste. It is used mainly as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts, but it is also an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, typewriter correction fluids, and spot removers. Trichloroethylene is not thought to occur naturally in the environment. However, it has been found in underground water sources and many surface waters as a result of the manufacture, use, and disposal of the chemical.
Some studies with mice and rats have suggested that high levels of trichloroethylene may cause liver, kidney, or lung cancer. Some studies of people exposed over long periods to high levels of trichloroethylene in drinking water or in workplace air have found evidence of increased cancer. Although, there are some concerns about the studies of people who were exposed to trichloroethylene, some of the effects found in people were similar to effects in animals. In its 9th Report on Carcinogens, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) determined that trichloroethylene is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that trichloroethylene is "probably carcinogenic to humans."
The EPA has set a maximum contaminant level for trichloroethylene in drinking water at 0.005 milligrams per liter (0.005 mg/L) or 5 parts of TCE per billion parts water. The EPA has also developed regulations for the handling and disposal of trichloroethylene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set an exposure limit of 100 parts of trichloroethylene per million parts of air (100 ppm) for an 8-hour workday, 40-hour workweek. [Source: ATSDR ToxFAQs accessed 12/29/10 http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=172&tid=30]
See also the ATSDR December 2009 report on the ATSDR website http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/FtDetrickAreaBGroundwater/FortDetrickPHAFinal12-09-2009.pdf or click to it from the link on the www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/CancerInvestigation web page under resources.
VC has been found in the source area near the B-11 pit. In 2007, 21 Area B monitoring wells were sampled with only 1 detection of VC (9.6 ppm, in BMW 56D) near the B-11 pit area. There were no off-site detections of VC. Consistent levels of vinyl chloride (VC) throughout the contaminant plume would indicate that the known contaminants (i.e. TCE, PCE) may be naturally degrading through the process of dehalogenation to a benign endpoint (i.e. ethane) through biologic and natural processes. Certain anaerobic bacteria, principally Dehalococcoide ethenogenes, have been shown to effectively accomplish this conversion. The optimum pH range for D. ethenogenes has been reported in scientific literature as neutral to slightly alkaline, i.e., between 7 & 7.5. During the 2007 sampling event, the average pH reported was 7.56 or slightly beyond the optimum pH range. Also, with the exception of the anaerobic pit areas in Area B, the aquifer is oxygenated (i.e., aerobic). For this reason, significant D. ethenogenes activity is unlikely to be detected beyond the pit areas.
With regard to toxic air pollutants (TAPs), screening levels (i.e., acceptable ambient concentrations for toxic air pollutants) are generally established at 1/100 of allowed worker exposure levels. The Maryland Department of Environment has also developed additional screening levels for carcinogenic compounds. The additional screening levels are established such that continuous exposure to the subject TAP at the screening level for a period of 70 years is expected to cause an increase in lifetime cancer risk of no more than 1 in 100,000.
The Fort Detrick incinerators are required to perform routine stack testing in order to demonstrate compliance with both federal and State emission standards. Based on these stack test results, Fort Detrick is in compliance with both the Federal and State regulatory requirements for air emissions. In addition, the same controls would reduce emissions of other unregulated toxic air pollutants.
There are 7 principal dioxin compounds, 10 furan compounds, and 12 polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds which act similarly and may pose potential health risks. The compounds in this group (dioxins, furans, and PCBs) have different levels of toxicity, so a particular level of one compound does not necessarily pose the same risk as an equal level of another compound in the group. Dioxins are widespread environmental contaminants that tend to be present in soil at background levels. The background level of dioxins and related compounds in Frederick County has not been determined.
The only dioxin results reviewed by U.S. EPA thus far were submitted by John Bee on behalf of the Kristin Renee White Foundation. These soil samples, when evaluated in terms of 2,3,7,8-TCDD equivalents (2,3,7,8-TCDDeq), revealed dioxin levels (up to 7.89 parts per trillion [ppt] 2,3,7,8-TCDDeq) that are within the background range expected for rural areas of the U.S. (up to 11 ppt 2,3,7,8-TCDDeq ).
None of the levels reported in the referenced sampling effort exceed U.S. EPA's current residential clean-up standard for dioxin (1000 ppt 2,3,7,8-TCDDeq), proposed interim Preliminary Remediation Goal (72 ppt 2,3,7,8-TCDDeq) or risk-based concentration for residential exposure (450 ppt 2,3,7,8-TCDDeq), at an excess cancer risk of 1 in 10,000). As part of the ongoing investigation of Area B, EPA and MDE are discussing how best to conduct dioxin sampling for both on-post and off-post locations. This effort should provide more thorough coverage than the limited dioxin sampling conducted to date, and should capture the extent of dioxin contamination, if any, in the vicinity of the Area B.
If the Maryland Department of the Environment determines that there are area-wide contaminations that could impact individual private wells, an investigation in collaboration with the local County Health Department will be made. Depending on the significance of the contamination and number of impacted wells, corrective actions will be recommended. If wells are contaminated at a level that exceeds federal or State drinking water standards, solutions under consideration will include the provision of public water. There is also the option for the responsible party (e.g. Ft. Detrick) to request that the City connect those properties.
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Ø a temperature of more than 100 for more than 24 hoursØ nausea or vomitingØ stomachacheØ diarrheaØ pale or flushed faceØ headacheØ persistent coughØ earacheØ thick discharge from the noseØ painful sore throatØ rash or infection of the skinØ red or pink eyesIf the symptoms are severe or persist for more than 24 hours, you should contact your primary health care provider.
From Route 15, take the Rosemont Avenue Exit (turn right if coming north and left if coming south on 15). Montevue Lane is a left-hand turn at the traffic lights in front of Fort Detrick (third light on Rosemont).
Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, etc. can be brought to the recycling center on Reichs Ford Road free of charge during normal business hours. Monday through Saturday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Residents living within an incorporated municipality's town limits should contact that town to inquire about their bulk pick-up program.”
The National Register of Historic Places is a Federal designation administered in Maryland by the Maryland Historical Trust, the State agency for historic preservation. Visit their website for more information on benefits, how to nominate a property to the National Register, and the tax credit program. Maryland Historical Trust
If you are a CITY WATER AND/OR SEWER customer, you should call 301-600-1440.