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County Comment: Volunteers Needed on County Boards, Commissions

County Comment
Volunteers Needed on County Boards, Commissions
by Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer
Washington County, Maryland

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners is currently taking applications for the 39 advisory Boards and Commissions that provide citizen input to the local governmental process.
Persons with expertise in fields from Agriculture to Zoning can help guide local government by volunteering. In some cases, specific skills, knowledge or certifications are needed; in others, anyone with an interest may serve.
All of the advisory groups have goals and objectives assigned by the County or in some cases by state law.
For example, the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) provides input to the County Commissioners on matters of concern to people with disabilities in our County. In the coming months there will be several positions on that committee that will need to be filled.
The DAC is composed of people with disabilities, family members and professionals in the support field, works to keep the Commissioners aware of issues facing people with disabilities that need county support, and both physical and attitudinal barriers that can be eliminated by working together.
For example, a forum held by the DAC in October provided information from Michael Dalto of the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), Project Director for the new Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program, a work incentive that qualifies working Marylanders with Disabilities for Medical Assistance (Medicaid) if they meet some conditions. Medical Assistance provides excellent health coverage for people with no other insurance, and supplements private insurance and Medicare, covering some services that other insurance does not. EID can save people with Medicare at least $1,000 a year in medical expenses.
County Clerk Joni Bittner oversees the Board and Commission appointments, applications and membership rosters. The process is fluid, with terms coming to an end or resignations, and appointment of new members to the various groups is ongoing.
The Animal Control Authority Board will also have slots available in the near future, Bittner said.
A list of the Boards and Commissions with duties of each, and instructions on how to apply, is available on line at under "eGeorge" online services. You may apply on line, or request a printed application by calling the County Clerk at 240-313-2204.

Washington County Advisory Boards and Commissions
Adult Public Guardianship Advisory Board
Agricultural Education Center
Ag Land Preservation Advisory Board
Ag Marketing Advisory Committee
Ag Reconciliation Board
Airport Advisory Board
Animal Control Authority
Antietam Battlefield Advisory Board
Area Agency on Aging
Board of Health Advisory Commission
Building Code Appeals Board
Commission on Aging
Disabilities Advisory Committee
Economic Development Commission
Electricians Board Exam and Supervision
Emergency Planning Commission
Emergency Services Council
Ethics Commission
Fire and Rescue Communications Advisory Commission
Gaming Commission
Historic District Commission
Historical Advisory Committee
Housing Authority of Washington County
Local Management Board
Mental Health Authority
Mortgage Loan Advisory Board
PenMar Development Corporation Board
Planning Commission
Plumbing Board
Public Golf Corporation
Recreation and Parks Board
Rehabilitation Loan Committee
Revolving Loan Committee
Social Services Board
Solid Waste Advisory Commission
Water and Sewer Commission
Women's Commission
Zoning Appeals Board

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