December 13, 2019
“Building for the Future” – on December 4-6 brought hundreds of county leaders, state and federal policymakers, and public sector players together for exchange and best practices. The conference focused on looking ahead and analyzing county challenges and solutions. We enthusiastically thank everyone who spoke, supported, and sponsored the conference for making it such a huge success. Mark your calendars - we look forward to seeing you all again at Summer Conference - August 14-17, 2020 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.
Conduit Street Coverage: Winter #MACoCon Wrap Up

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a recap of the MACo Winter Conference; an overview of the county income tax -- and why some are calling for local flexibility to create “brackets” like most income tax systems (including the federal and state taxes on Marylanders); a breakdown of Maryland's revenue volatility cap, and an update on state revenue projections for FY 2020 and beyond.
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Counties In Action
Anne Arundel Employees Collect Gifts for Over 600 Children Through Adopt-An-Angel Program
Kent Food Bank Receives Grant from Maryland Food Bank
St. Mary's Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Regional Airport

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Chesapeake Employers Insurance wants you to know how to keep your employees safe this winter in inclement weather.

Having a snow and ice removal plan for your workplace is imperative for the safety of your employees and customers. Every year, slips and falls on icy walking surfaces are a leading cause of work-place injuries during the winter months. Being proactive with a comprehensive snow and ice removal plan can help prevent winter workplace slips, falls and injuries.

Key personnel & processes for snow removal
  • Appoint a plan coordinator (and backup coordinator)and assign responsibilities and specific duties to properly trained employees.
  • Establish a budget for snow removal expenses, materials and contractors if needed.
  • Plan coordinator (and backup coordinator) mustmonitor weather forecasts and ensure that snow removal staff is informed at the earliest appropri-ate time of when to begin snow and ice removal.
  • The use of motorized snow removal equipment like snow blowers and plows is preferred versus manual shoveling of snow and ice when possible.
  • Make sure that all designated front-line and back-up snow and ice removal employees are properly trained to use snow removal equipment and de-icing chemicals.
  • Make sure these employees are fitted with proper personal protective equipment. I.e. snow and ice cleats, reflective vests, safety glasses and layers of cold weather clothing.
  • Be aware of the physical condition of your employees and do not allow workers to overly exert themselves. Workers involved in shoveling and de-icing tasks should take allotted breaks to rest, warm-up and stay hydrated and nourished.
  • In blizzard-like, frigid conditions, workers should wait until conditions improve before attemptingsnow removal.
  • Instruct and train employees to conduct a physical inspection of your facilities’ grounds, documenting all potential walking surfaces, sidewalks, entrances, stairs and ramps, and parking areas that need clearing – before the first snowfall.

For more Snow & Ice Safety Tips, see Chesapeake Employers Insurance handy guide , or visit their website .

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