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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

THE BOARD HELD A JOINT MEETING WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO HEAR REPORTS ON 4TH QUARTER BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS, ANTIETAM ACADEMY, AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS' ACADEMIC REPORT CARD.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES
Human Resources Benefits Coordinator Deb Peyton brought 7 new employees before the Board for introductions. Joseph Rathvon was recently employed as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst in the Engineering Department. Stephen Ingram, Christopher Kimble, Steve Reese and Scott Poole are newly hired Motor Equipment Operators in the Highways Department. Patsy Anne Crumbaker and John Zerkle are the newest members of the Sheriff's Department Detention Division.
PROCLAMATION: PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Washington County Health Officer Earl Stoner and Melissa Lewis of the Health Department received a proclamation from Commissioners' President John Barr designating September 2007 as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the County. The proclamation said that prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among men in Maryland and over the past decade, has been one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers In 2007, the American Cancer Society projects about 4,690 new cases of prostate cancer among men residing in Maryland, and that approximately 540 Maryland men will die from the disease during the same period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a man in his lifetime has about a one in six chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and one in 33 chance of dying from prostate cancer. Men with a father or brother who had prostate cancer are more likely to develop the disease and it is more common among African-American men than Caucasians. Washington County is encouraging men to learn as much as they can about their personal risks for prostate cancer and to talk to their doctors about options for early screening and potential complications of diagnosis and treatment in order to make an informed decision about their health.
VERIZON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
Briana Gowing and Mark Salazar of Verizon were present to discuss various construction projects and the working relationship between Verizon and the County. There have been reports of delays in County construction projects due to utility companies lack of prompt response in moving utility lines. Projects affected have included those at Hagerstown Regional Airport, Maugans Avenue and the County Courthouse. Commissioner Jim Kercheval commented that utilities that have poles in the County Right of Way should work around County schedules. Salazar told the Board that his company has met or exceeded all deadlines given for County projects. Additional discussions with the Special Projects Director and the County Chief Engineer were scheduled. County Administrator Greg Murray said that the discussion was a good start to resolution of differences.
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ATTENDED A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO DISCUSS CAPITAL PROJECTS ON THE CAMPUS.
THE COMMISSIONERS ATTENDED A RENAMING CEREMONY AT 2PM. MARKING THE CHANGE OF NAME OF HAGERSTOWN BUSINESS COLLEGE TO KAPLAN COLLEGE.


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