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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

THE BOARD ATTENDED DEDICATION CEREMONIES FOR THE TECHNICAL INNOVATION CENTER AT HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DURING THE MORNING
OTHER BUSINESS
Appointments to Boards and Commissions: County Clerk Joni Bittner told the Board that the joint rezoning hearing with the Planning Commission scheduled for March has been cancelled and that the next joint meeting would take place in May.
Staff Comments: Planning Director Mike Thompson requested approval of the process for Rezoning Public Hearings. Thompson requested a change from Quarterly to Semi-Annual meetings, which would allow additional time for advertising the meetings and receiving input from the public. The hearings would be scheduled in January and July of each year. The Commissioners reached consensus to move ahead with that plan.
Special Projects Director Gary Rohrer requested the Board accept a credit of $45,741.80 relating to 6 items in the Courthouse Renovation Project that came in below budget amounts. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
INITIAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET PRIMER
Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray brought this initial look at the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget process before the Board. Submission of CIP projects must include all annual operating costs so that the full budgetary impact to the organization can be accurately evaluated. On the capital side, an enhanced priority ranking system, which allows for detailed prioritization of all projects submitted based on overall necessity and public impact, and allows for proper allocation of resources to critical projects, has been instituted. General priority categories include: Essential- Projects needed to comply with a court order or legislative mandate, and/or projects that are critical to the health, safety, and general welfare; Desirable-- Projects important to the general welfare of the community, operating or maintenance of a physical facility, and are not critical relative to CIP objectives; Acceptable- Projects that provide a public operational improvement and or projects not critical or important in relation to the County financial capabilities, needs, or other program requirements; Deferrable- Projects that conflict with the master plan and or for which there are serious need, cost, justification, or timing questions related to the project itself; and Hold- Projects that will not be started until the completion of a study, submission of additional data, or on hold indefinitely. Murray told the Board that requests from all agencies including the Board of Education over the 6-year 2009-2014 period totals some $800 million. CIP budget reviews by department will begin in next week's meeting.

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