County officials from Prince George's are spending extra on themselves this year for their annual County Council retreat, the Washington Examiner reports.
Members this year will head to the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina in Cambridge, according to the report. The estimated cost for the two-day retreat, scheduled to start Monday, is between $10,000 and $15,000.
"Council retreats have been located both locally and at offsite facilities," Council chair Ingrid Turner said in a press release. "This year, the Council retreat will be held at an offsite location that will allow us to focus away from the distractions that a home site often presents. "
The waterfront hotel is located in Dorchester County, over one and a half hours from the Council's office in Upper Marlboro.
The hotel features 400 guest rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and an attached spa that offers caviar facials.
Turner said the fiscal responsibility was kept in mind when planning the retreat. "We are working to contain costs," she wrote, "using a site that provides discounts to County Government; searching for speakers who are willing to donate their time; permitting overnight stays only when absolutely necessary; and keeping the number of active participants to the minimum required for effectiveness."
The Council traditionally holds a January organizational meeting, which the public has been invited to in the past, Gazette.net reports. Last year, the retreat was held at Newton White Mansion, a county-owned historic home in Mitchellville. In 2009, the Council met at another county-owned venue, the Oxon Hill Manor.
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In nearby Montgomery County, the Gazette said, council retreats are held in libraries.