City officials: Annapolis circulator trolley ridership up 161 percent

City officials said that circulator bus ridership has increased 161 percent from last year, with the service averaging more than 13,000 passengers a month. The free bus line was established two years ago primarily to serve those parking at public garages. (Capital)

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Hagerstown will not charge property owners stormwater fee

The city of Hagerstown will not charge its property owners a stormwater fee to help cover the estimated $210 million cost of complying with the state’s plan to reduce nutrient and sediment discharges to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, but how to fund the mammoth mandate remains a mystery. (Herald-Mail)

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New Easton regional hospital delayed

Shore Health System officials announced Tuesday plans to build a new Shore Regional Medical Center in Easton have been put on hold indefinitely. The move comes after weeks of public speculation about the center's fate following Shore's recent budget cuts to staff and services at their Mid-Shore locations, including Dorchester General Hospital and Memorial Hospital at Easton. (Star-Democrat)

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Myersville council ponders solar energy farm

Myersville officials are considering a solar energy farm that would provide electricity for the town’s public buildings. The officials are talking to a consultant to determine if the project would be feasible on any of three sites being considered for the undertaking. (News-Post)

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Lab oversight report to state delayed until August

Recommendations expected from a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene working group tasked with identifying weaknesses in state oversight of laboratories that handle hazardous materials are delayed until at least August. Beth Willis, a member of the group and chairwoman of the Containment Lab Community Advisory Committee, said Tuesday that those recommendations are delayed as a draft is still being compiled. (News-Post)

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Board to prevent homelessness passes new action plan

The board fighting to end homelessness in Carroll County passed its second annual action plan, a list of strategies to help accomplish the group’s overarching mission. Similar to the 2012 to 2013 plan, the Circle of Caring Homelessness Board has a list of five objectives — promote collaborative leadership, increase access to stable and affordable housing, enlargen economic security and self-sufficiency, improve health and stability and retool the homeless crisis response system. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Frederick ranks No. 1 among safe communities in U.S.

Frederick continues to move up on a list of safe places to live, according to Farmers Insurance Group. The Frederick-Gaithersburg-Bethesda area moved from fifth to first place on the list of secure places to live among metropolitan areas with a population of 500,000 or more, according to the insurance rating. (News-Post)

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Balto. Co. businesses question stormwater fee calculations

Baltimore County business owners are criticizing the way the county has imposed its new stormwater management fee, saying officials miscalculated the amount of hard surface on their properties.The complaints came as a county official acknowledged that the technology used to measure properties cannot tell the difference between surfaces that are impervious and those that are not. (Balt. Sun)

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