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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

CITY OF HAGERSTOWN ANNEXATION REQUEST: SHAOOL PROPERTY
Planning Director Mike Thompson requested that the Commissioners concur with the finding of consistency with the adopted County Comprehensive Plan by Planning staff and the Planning Commission--for annexation of 1.6 acres of land by the City of Hagerstown. The property is located on the east side of the Dual Highway between Mount Aetna Road and Edgewood Drive. The site is designated as Low Density Residential on the Comprehensive Plan and currently has RU-Residential Urban zoning. The applicant is requesting R-2 (residential) zoning upon annexation into the City and is currently under development with four single-family dwellings. The County issued building permits for the construction of the new dwellings. Staff finds the request consistent with the adopted 2002 Comprehensive Plan. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.

DETERMINATION OF AGRICULTURAL LAND DISTRICT TERM
Land Preservation Planner Holly Thibault brought this request, that the County Commissioners approve the Ag Board's decision to keep the Ag District term at 10 years. Washington County provides property tax credits to landowners who commit to a 10-year agricultural land preservation district, whereby development is not permitted during the 10-year period. The program piggybacks onto the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program. The state is allowing each county to determine the length of the District Agreement, between 3 and 10 years. The Ag Board voted to keep the term for Washington County at 10 years. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.

CONTRACT AWARD: RECORD KEEPING AND ACTUARIAL SERVICES
County Purchasing Agent Karen Luther and Human Resources Director Dave Hankinson brought this request before the Board, to award a contract for Record-Keeping and Actuarial Services Consulting Services for the Retirement Plan and Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) to CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services of Cumberland, Maryland, for a five-year period for the Total Lump Sum of $84,000.00. Services consist of an annual valuation including Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) disclosure and employee statements, monthly management meetings, quarterly investment performance reviews, annual presentation to the Commissioners, approximately 50 benefit calculations annually, and approximately 10 service buy-back calculations annually. The duration of the contract is for one 1 year with 4 additional consecutive 1-year renewal periods. The annual fee was $12,000 under the previous 5-year contract that was awarded to CBIZ. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.

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