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The nine-member charter board to determine whether to adopt a charter form of home rule in Charles County will comprise Leonard Collins, Craig Renner, Ernest Wallace, Matthew Wills, Van Mitchell, Kimberly Ann Hay, Orlando Velazquez, Davidra Bazemore-Blue and Paula Davis, the county commissioners decided Tuesday. Alternates will be Dontae Carroll, James DeAtley and Camille Way.

The school adequate public facilities ordinance program and funding review committee, intended to help coordinate development and school redistricting, will have John Hayes, Rosemin Daya and Glenda Harrison as parent members; Douglas W. Meeker and James Lorenzi as building industry members; and Jennifer Abell and Pamela Pederson as Charles County Board of Education members.

The neighborhood traffic calming taskforce will have Deron Tross as the resident of a development district member, Robert Sondheimer as a homeowners association member, William Donley representing the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Jeff Duer as a volunteer fire department member and Christopher Olup as a rural resident member.

Smallwood Drive West speed limit lowered

On Jan. 22, the commissioners extended the hours during which the speed limit will be 25 miles per hour on Smallwood Drive West near William B. Wade Elementary School. The new hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. A sign will be posted.

Clean audit announced

Charles County government’s books appear to be in order, outside auditors told the commissioners Tuesday. In audits of five separate areas, SB & Co. auditors gave an “unqualified opinion,” meaning that they are confident that financial statements reflect reality, according to the company’s presentation.

The report did warn that a bad economy could tempt employees and others to commit fraud but that this was a risk shared by all governments. While the audits were not specifically designed to detect fraud, auditors found nothing to make them suspicious, said lead accountant William Seymour.

In fact, county staffers were particularly cooperative, Seymour said.

“I have some clients I can’t really make that same statement for. They really did make our job easier, and we appreciate their help,” Seymour said.

Bond authority passed

The commissioners approved bills allowing them to issue up to $114 million in bonds to fund infrastructure projects, and up to $35 million in other bonds. No one spoke at public hearings before the votes.

ERICA MITRANO