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Board of County Commissioners Actions':Commissioners issue proclamations, hold public hearing in Hancock

Board of County Commissioners Actions'
Commissioners issue proclamations, hold public hearing in Hancock

As part of its regular meeting on October 5th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners heard a report from United Way/Community Health Charities (CHC) employee campaign coordinator Kathy Kroboth and representatives of the two agencies, Addie Nardi, United Way-Director of Resource Development and Dave Jones, Community Health Charities-Manager of Campaign Services. "Kick-off" of the county employees' campaign drive for FY 2011 was announced. Overviews of the United Way and CHC activities were presented along with details on the United Way "Day of Caring" scheduled for October 22nd. The combined campaign runs from October 1st through October 31st.
Commissioners approved a Contract Renewal for the Jurisdictional EMS Medical Director for the period from September 1st to August 31st, 2011 with Dr. Vincent Cantone of Smithsburg, the current EMS medical director. State law requires that each County/jurisdiction appoint a medical director to oversee pre-hospital care. In addition, the medical director supports the Emergency Communications Center with medical direction for emergency medical dispatch protocols. Annual compensation for the position is $25,000. Commissioner Jim Kercheval abstained for personal reasons.
A list of possible requests to the State Legislature in the coming session was reviewed, discussed and pared down.
Commissioners sought further information from Sheriff Doug Mullendore on a proposal to authorize the County Sheriff to issue handgun-carry permits, an action now performed by the state. Commissioners agreed to move ahead with a request to have the legislature eliminate the current statute that calls for mandatory annual general fund contributions to water, sewer and pretreatment debt. Those funds will become self-sufficient in FY 2013. The Board agreed to inform the local delegation of County support for the current structure of Local Management Boards statewide. A measure that would give the County Attorney additional authority to impose liens for any amount owed the County was held for further discussion. The list will be reviewed again prior to a meeting with the local delegation set for November 17th.
An evening meeting in the Town of Hancock featured a Public Hearing regarding a requested Rural Business-New overlay on property east of the town owned by Harold Walter. The Applicant wishes to construct a Recreational-Vehicle park and campground that would contain 60 camp sites.
The owner's representative and two additional persons spoke in favor of the campground.
Eight persons spoke against the proposal, including Maryland Delegate Leroy Myers of District 1C. Issues of concern included road adequacy, traffic volume, water quality and quantity, future use, vagrancy, school capacity and possible loss of use of land by an adjacent sportsmen's club.
The Washington County Planning Commission had recommended approval of the request. The Board of County Commissioners will weigh the evidence both in favor of and against the proposal and render a written decision in the coming weeks.
In other actions at the evening meeting, the Board agreed to provide support for the National Pike Festival Wagon Train event at the same level as last year.
Jamie and Christy Baker of the National Pike Festival Wagon Train, and Tom Riford, Convention and Visitors' Bureau (CVB) President, announced dates for the 23rd Annual Wagon Train as May 20, 21, and 22. The CVB and the James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation present the annual Wagon Train event that retraces the Historic National Road from Clear Spring to Boonsboro. The wagon train begins in Clear Spring and travels 23 miles on the National Road to Boonsboro. Washington County annually assists with insurance rider help, law enforcement help, use of the County mailroom, and by being a co-sponsor.
Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy welcomed the Commissioners to the town and thanked the Board for its assistance in cooperative ventures. Issues of unemployment, foreclosures, and state budget cuts are affecting the town, Murphy said, but positives are occurring. A recent federal grant will pay for solar panels for use in a town project, he said.
County Administrator Greg Murray received approval to advertise two positions.
An Information Systems Manager position was recently made vacant due to the retirement of Tom Evans. That position worked closely with construction of the new 9-1-1 dispatch center. Murray lauded Evans for a job well done in his years of service to the County.
The Airport Director position will become vacant when current Director Carolyn Motz retires this year, and advertisement of that position was requested in order that a qualified pool of applicants can be assembled. The successful applicant should have experience in airport management and operations, and possess specific certifications and licenses. Commissioners wanted certain criteria listed as "preferred" rather than "required". The job description and application will be finalized in the near future and advertisement will take place.

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