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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

THE BOARD TOURED CORPORATE OFFICE PROPERTIES TRUST (COPT) PROPERTY, THE FORMER FORT RITCHIE, AND HELD A JOINT LUNCHEON MEETING WITH THE FREDERICK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Representatives of Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) presented a joint briefing on the Fort Ritchie redevelopment project to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners and the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners. Both boards toured the former Fort following the presentation and met briefly to discuss mutual concerns.
FUNDING REQUEST: ROUNDHOUSE MUSEUM
Bill Knode and Blaine Snyder, of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum and Tom Riford, Executive Director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau brought this request before the Board, for approval of funding assistance in the amount of $10,000 for the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. Riford told the Board that the museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit, in operation for 17 years. The all-volunteer organization does its own fundraising, and to date has not asked any government entity for funding support. Because of recent regulation changes by CSX, the major fundraising effort for the museum, excursion trains from Hagerstown, is no longer possible. The museum is seeking county support through the hotel-motel tax of $10,000 per year. The Hagerstown Roundhouse will continue to be able to operate at its present location, helping attract thousands of annual visitors. The CVB is also a grant sponsor for the museum, and assists with the production of the museum's marketing material. The Budget and Finance office reports that appropriations are available from the special fund account relating to the Hotel/Motel tax collections to make the donation for the current fiscal year. Following discussion a motion was made to approve $5,000 from the Hotel-Motel tax, with a further discussion of the issue at a later date. The measure was approved on a 4-0-1 vote with Commissioner Wivell abstaining.
PLACEMENT OF EXCESS WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE
Becky Maginnis, Risk Management Administrator brought this issue,
Placement of Excess Workers Compensation Insurance, before the Board for approval. Maginnis told the Board that staff recommended placement of excess workers compensation insurance with Midwest Employers Casualty Company for a 2007-2008 premium amount of $104,861.00. Washington County's insurance and risk management consultant, Hilbs, Rogal & Hobbs (HRH) has aggressively marketed the County's excess workers compensation insurance program. The County is presently self-insured for the first $500,000 of any workers compensation claim expense. If any claim reaches the $500,000 cap, then the County's excess carrier is responsible for any additional costs for that claim. Of the two responding carriers, Midlands Management/NYMG had the lower premium quote ($92,699, a difference of $12,162); however, this carrier had a lower Best Rating (8 as opposed to Midwest's 15) indicating less financial stability. Following discussion, the Board approved the contract to Midlands for the $92,699.00 total, by a 3-2 vote.

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