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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SALUTE TO INDEPENDENCE, JULY 2007
Tom Riford, of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), and Brendan Fitzsimmons Chair of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Board of Directors brought this request, that the Commissioners donate $20,000 from the Hotel/Motel tax, to the 2007 Salute to Independence festival at Antuetam Battlefield. Over the past 4 years the cost to produce the MSO's annual Salute to Independence has increased nearly 20%. During that same period MSO has only secured funding increases of 12%. The CVB and MSO are asking for event funding assistance, with the suggestion that $20,000 come from the county's Hotel/Motel tax. Budget and Finance reports that appropriations are available from the special fund account relating to Hotel/Motel tax collections sufficient to contribute a $20,000 donation from the County for the current fiscal year. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
CITIZENS PARTICIPATION
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
* Tom Janus of Hagerstown commented on school construction issues.
* Boyd Michael, of Washington County Public Schools, requested Commissioners approval for pre-authorization of 5 portable classrooms to house all day Kindergarten at Boonsboro, Greenbrier and Old Forge Elementary Schools. Cost of the buildings is $575,000 and 5-6 months lead time is needed to order the structures. The measure was approved with the provision that Michael research possibility of state funding assistance for the portables.
* Ross Rhodes of Leadership Washington County reported on progress that group has made over one year. The group requested an additional $7,500 for continuation of its educational efforts. The measure was approved, to be paid from the Commissioners' Contingency Fund, on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Wivell voting "no".
EMPLOYEE CASUAL DAY REQUESTS
Commissioner Jim Kercheval requested approval of free employee casual days in honor of the outgoing Commissioners. In making the request, Kercheval made Wednesday, November 29 John Munson Casual Day due to his concern for employee safety in operating motor vehicles. The commemorative day for Commissioner Dori Nipps was observed Wednesday, December 6. Kercheval cited Nipps' Motherly treatment of staff and colleagues over the four-year term. Monday, December 4 was Greg Snook Casual Day in honor of his serving as a Father figure for new Commissioners and his leadership of the Board. The measures were approved by unanimous vote.
DURING THE AFTERNOON THE BOARD ATTENDED AN OPEN-HOUSE FOR THE OUTGOING COMMISSIONERS: JOHN MUNSON, DORI NIPPS AND GREG SNOOK.

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