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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES
Human Resources Administrator Dee Hawbaker brought five new employees before the Board for introductions and welcome. Amy Stahl is a new Plant Operator Trainee, and Bradley Ditto was recently hired as a Plant Operator in the Department of Water Quality. Casey Nogle is the Deputy Sheriff School Resource Officer in the Sheriff's Patrol Division. Joseph Gustaf, is the new Motor Equipment Operator III in the Division of Environmental Management and George Sonnik is the incoming Director of Human Resources for Washington County.

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of interest to the Community.
Cliff Anderson of Hagerstown commented on the need for improved transportation, especially for persons with temporary injuries in rehabilitation programs. Only transportation for medical purposes is payable under insurance, and opportunities for participating in community life are reduced, he said.

OTHER BUSINESS
County Attorney Issues: County Attorney John Martirano commented on attending the Planning Commission workshop on Monday looking at the ways rezonings take place in the county.
Reports from County Staff: Human Resources Administrator Dee Hawbaker requested advertisement of a GIS Specialist position in the Instructional Technologies Department. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
Office of Disability Issues Administrator Norman Bassett reported on the Regional Disabilities Forum held at Robinwood Medical Center on Monday. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities Cathy Raggio and staff, along with the Governor's Disability Advisory Commission were on hand to hear input as to needs of citizens with disabilities in Washington County. About 60 people attended the forum and a variety of issues were discussed, he said.

FEE INCREASE FOR BOYS & GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Jaime Dick, Recreation Director, brought this request to the Board, to approve a new fee structure for the Boys and Girls High School Summer Basketball League as proposed by the Recreation Department Staff. The Washington County Basketball Officials Association has requested to increase the fees to $50.00 per game for the Summer 2008 Summer League. This is an increase from $45.00 per game from the previous two years. We have agreed to this increase and we are asking for the Association to lock-in the price for three years. To offset the additional increase for officials Recreation is requesting to raise the price for League entry fees. A sliding scale has been incorporated to benefit as many County Teams as possible. Dick told the Board that the larger schools can have 4 or more teams each year. The 2008 New Fees Proposal would move away from a static fee for in-county registration to a scale that provides lower rates for additional teams. Schools registering 1 or 2 County Teams would pay $475.00 per team, 3 or 4 County Teams would pay $450.00 per team, 5 or more County Teams would pay $400.00 per team and non-county teams would pay a flat rate of $600.00 for each team registered. The measure was approved on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Kristin Aleshire voting "no".

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