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Board of County Commissioners' Actions: Commissioners Take Public Testimony on Stormwater Ordinance, Approve Bond Issuance, Honor Youth

YMAMAY CAPTION: May Youth Meritorious Award (L-R) Commissioners' VP Terry Baker, Riley Lazich

BKAW CAPTION: May 2-8 is Be Kind to Animals Week (L-R) Eleanor Lakin, John Barr, and Paul Miller

Board of County Commissioners' Actions
Commissioners Take Public Testimony on Stormwater Ordinance, Approve Bond Issuance, Honor Youth

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners held a regular and evening meeting on May 4th. Public testimony was taken regarding the proposed "Washington County Stormwater Management, Grading, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance."
Of the 11 persons commenting, 6 favored delaying adoption of the Ordinance pending revisions, and 5 favored adoption of the Ordinance as written. 6 members of the engineering and development community spoke, while 5 citizens favored environmental protection controls the Ordinance would feature.
Revisions will be made from suggestions received, and returned to the Commissioners within a month's time for consideration.
The Board approved a resolution authorizing issuance of General Obligation Bonds in the form of Tax Exempt, Taxable Build America Bonds, and or Taxable Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds not to exceed $18,790,000 for New Money Bonds and $14,290,000 for Refunding Bonds, for the purpose of financing the cost of certain public facilities, and refunding of certain outstanding maturities of the Washington County, Maryland, Public Improvement Bonds of 2001 and 2002.
Use of Proceeds of 'New Money Bonds' would be $ 10,586,800 for educational projects $6,808,000 for environmental projects, $1,395,200 for Public Safety projects and issuance cost. Refinancing will result in a savings of about $3.9 million in interest.
PUT PIC HERE The Board honored Riley Lazich, a 7th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School with the Meritorious Youth Award for May 2010.
Son of Peter and Tara Lazich, Riley is seen as a very motivated and hard working student. He has been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll throughout middle school and is currently in all Merit classes. His school attendance has also been outstanding. He is a former Character Counts! Award recipient and was named a Star Student in Social Studies during one of the marking periods this school year.
Riley also excels outside the classroom. He enjoys sports and has played baseball, basketball and football competitively for a number of years. Riley is known by teachers, staff and peers as a young man who is always willing to help friends and classmates. He is also known for his respect of others and his encouragement of peers to exhibit the same respect. Riley's leadership, work habits and accomplishments are truly outstanding.
Counselor Earl Meagher nominated him.
The Community Partnership for Children & Families Community Outreach Committee selects recipients of the Commissioners' Youth Meritorious Award based on academic skills and community involvement.
PUT PIC HERE In other actions, the week of May 2-8 was proclaimed Be Kind To Animal Week in Washington County. Humane Society Director Paul Miller and WCHD Board Chair Eleanor Lakin accepted the proclamation from Commissioners' President John Barr.
The proclamation recognized that County and Local Government Officials should take this time to recognize our responsibility to protect animals from harm, pain. Fear and suffering, promote an atmosphere of kindness, consideration and respect for all living things through humane education in the schools. The Board cited indebtedness to the Humane Society of Washington County for providing an invaluable service in caring for homeless animals, instilling humane values in our children through education programs and promoting a true working spirit of kindness and consideration for animals in the hearts and minds of all citizens.
Under Citizens Participation, Dr. Peg Althoff, Associate Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Resource Conservation and Development coordinator for the region was introduced to the Board by Juliana Albowicz, local representative for Senator Barbara Mikulski.
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