July 30, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN MEETS WITH CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436

LA PLATA - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today met with the five Charles County Commissioners to discuss issues critical to the future development of Charles County.  

 

Senator Cardin told the Commissioners that he believes that Charles County plays a critical role in the National Capital Region.   Because of its close proximity to Washington, D.C. and its growing commuter population, the Senator said he believes the federal government should play a strong role in the future development of Charles County and Southern Maryland.

 

"Charles County has unique way of life and is faced with crucial challenges including demographic changes, traffic congestion, and a strained infrastructure," said Senator Cardin.   "The needs of a developing Charles County should be balanced with protecting the environment and managed smart growth.   I believe the federal government has a responsibility to play an active role in helping the county adjust to the population growth that will accompany the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).   The close partnership of all of our elected officials, local, state, and federal is critical to the smooth economic development of this region."

 

Senator Cardin met with Charles County Council President Wayne Cooper, Vice-President Dr. Edith Patterson, Councilman Reuben Collins, Councilman Gary Hodge, and Councilman Sam Graves.   Foremost was the pressing need to alleviate the traffic congestion along the US Route 301 corridor leading to Washington, D.C., including developing a comprehensive public transportation plan for the area.   Other issues discussed include the proposed Cross-County Connector, mitigating the population increase around the Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center caused by BRAC, increasing the availability of affordable housing, and expanding educational opportunities for Charles County students.