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Annapolis (August 28, 2014) - The Department of Public Works, Waste Management Services will observe the following curbside collection schedule and facility operating schedule at the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery and the Northern, Central and Southern Recycling Centers for the upcoming Labor Day holiday. 






Curbside collections normally scheduled for Monday, September 1will occur on Tuesday,

September 2, and collections normally scheduled for Tuesday will occur on Wednesday, September 3.  All County recycling and waste facilities and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 1.  All County facilities will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.



Monday, September 1

NO curbside collection.

All Waste Management Services facilities areCLOSED.

Important Information

Curbside collections normally scheduled for Monday will occur on Tuesday, and collections normally scheduled for Tuesday will occur on Wednesday.  All County facilities will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.





Annapolis facility’s rare achievement illustrates dedication of employees



Annapolis, Maryland (August 28, 2014) — Anne Arundel County’s Jennifer Road Detention Center (JRDC) was found to be in 100 percent compliance with all standards earlier this month following an audit conducted by the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards. Scheduled every three years, the audit evaluates 80 standards including security, procedures and treatment of inmates to ensure all local and state correctional facilities are in compliance with state-adopted accreditation standards.


“I am so proud of all the hardworking men and women in our Department of Detention Facilities who work tirelessly each day to maintain the highest standards of excellence in our facilities year-round,” said County Executive Laura Neuman. “Our compliance rating and accreditation are reflections of our employees’ unparalleled dedication, and this recognition is well-deserved.”


Over the course of four days, 10 auditors assessed every operation within the JRDC in Annapolis, and reported that everything was found to be in 100 percent compliance upon completion of their initial evaluation. Terry Kokolis, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County’s Department of Detention Facilities, explained such a rating is uncommon of first visits and many facilities undergo additional audits before achieving a perfect assessment.


“The auditors were very complimentary of our staff for their cooperation, the cleanliness of the facility and the overall professionalism they witnessed,” Kokolis said. “The people who work here are really proud of the accomplishment – everybody had a part in it, and it gives them a sense of ownership.”


The Department of Detention Facilities will be awarded its official Jennifer Road Detention Center Accreditation on September 25. The county’s other detention center, the Ordnance Road Correctional Center in Glen Burnie, will undergo an audit in October.


For more information about Anne Arundel County’s detention facilities, go to


September 9 event will take place at South River High School


Annapolis, Maryland (August 27, 2014) — On Tuesday, September 9, Anne Arundel County’s Department of Planning and Zoning will host an open house in conjunction with the City of Annapolis to educate citizens on their flood risk following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recent release of updated Coastal Flood Maps.


Known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), these maps indicate flood-prone coastal areas in Anne Arundel County, and are used by insurance companies to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents. County residents and property owners are encouraged to learn more about their flood risk and the updates illustrated on the preliminary maps.


Using interactive flood maps, representatives from the state and county, as well as FEMA and their mapping partners, will be available to answer flood risk and insurance questions, and explain the maps.


The preliminary FIRMs and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) that will be shared provide the basis for flood risk education and floodplain management measures. Anne Arundel County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the National Flood Insurance Program, which makes flood insurance available to the community.


As a result of these map updates, some buildings in the county may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This may result in mandatory purchase of flood insurance for those property owners who are affected. FEMA staff will be at the Open House and will be available to talk to property owners about these updates and what they mean for them.


The county’s Open House will be held at South River High School in the cafeteria from  6-8 p.m. Parking is available onsite. For more information about the event, contact Hope Stewart, Community and Constituent Services Director, by calling 410-222-1527. To learn more about floodplain changes, go to or, or to find links to the interactive mapping website, visit


After thorough search, current farmer agrees to restore organic operation


Annapolis, Maryland (August 26, 2014) — Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman today announced the county has reached a decision regarding future operation of the Naval Academy Dairy Farm. Following a thorough and transparent search to find the most qualified farmer to operate the Gambrills farm, the county is awarding a five-year lease, effective January 1, 2015, to current tenant Maryland Sunrise Farm, owned by Edwin and Marian Fry. The agreement is contingent upon approval by the County Council and the United States Navy, which owns the farm.


“From the beginning of this process, my administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to work with the community in keeping the Dairy Farm organic. We have held town hall meetings, consulted experts and listened to citizens’ concerns, and have reached a decision that reflects the community’s input,” said County Executive Neuman. “I am pleased that the farm will remain a sustainable business while being returned to organic operation at the request of the administration and the public.”


Although the county’s existing lease with the U.S. Navy and sublease with Maryland Sunrise Farm do not require or mandate organic farming practices, the county issued a Request for Letters of Intent (RLOI) in April to identify bidders interested in continuing organic operation of the farm. The current tenant farmers announced last winter that they wished to discontinue organic farming and begin conventional farming due to challenges including erosion, weeds and invasive deer.


Additionally, the tenant must adhere to the terms of Maryland Sunrise Farm’s previous agreement with the county, including maintenance of identified buildings, lawn care, security and insurance, as well as allowing the 4H Club to use two buildings (previously three) and a portion of the pasture acreage.


  • The county received two proposals for returning the farm to organic operation, the most viable of which came from the current tenant farmers. Under their new sublease, the following terms are required:
  • Rent payable to the county is $25,000 per year, increasing 2 percent annually;
  • 70 percent of the crops produced and pastures shall be transitional organic or certified organic by the National Organic Program (NOP) by January 1, 2018;
  • 100 percent of the crop production and pastures shall be transitional organic or certified organic by the NOP within five years of the beginning of the terms of the sublease;
  • The county or its designee will conduct annual reviews of the progress made by Maryland Sunrise Farm toward full organic certification by an NOP certifying agency;
  • The corn maze and pumpkin patch, which were never organic, will not be organic; and
  • Nothing in the sublease is to be construed as requiring the livestock raised or pastures regularly used by the 4H Club to be certified organic.

Anne Arundel County Works to Determine if Business and Homeowner Assistance Available Following Tuesday's Flooding


Annapolis, Maryland (August 14, 2014) - Many parts of Anne Arundel County experienced flash flooding on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, due to near record-setting levels of rain.  As a result of those floods some homes and businesses sustained damaged.  


Home and business owners should contact their insurance company to determine if their policy will cover their loss. The County is currently working with State and Federal agencies to determine if uninsured home and business owners will be eligible to receive low-interest loans to assist in their recovery efforts. To be eligible to receive a low-interest loan, losses must exceed 40 percent of the property’s value.


For more information, or to be contacted if low-interest loans are made available, contact the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management via email at   or telephone at (410) 222-0600 during normal business hours. Please include or be prepared to provide information about the type of property, the address, a description of the damage and an estimated repair cost.


If it is determined that the County is eligible to receive low-interest loans, additional information will be provided.

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