Board of Commissioners Actions: Progress Reports from Staff on Proposed Goals for the Year

Board of Commissioners Actions
Progress Reports from Staff on Proposed Goals for the Year

The Commissioners heard progress reports from staff on proposed Goals for the year.
Planning Department Director Mike Thompson told the Board that progress on comprehensive rezoning of the Urban Growth Area is continuing, and development of the Water and Sewer Master Plan is underway.
Division of Fire and Emergency Services Director Kevin Lewis brought Commissioners up to date on the consolidated public safety access point that will centralize 911 dispatch operations. The Division continues to pursue options for a Fire and Rescue training center, Lewis said, and evaluation of service areas for fire and rescue companies is underway. Commissioners commented that a future goal could center on a review of funding mechanisms for fire and rescue.
Colonel Randy Wilkinson, Chief Deputy in the Washington County Sheriff's Department discussed WCSD goals for the year including accreditation, development of administrative manuals, and creation of substations. Wilkinson told the Board that plans have been developed for a Western substation at the current Sheriff's Department, and an Eastern Substation at the State Police Barracks off Maryland Route 65 pending concurrence of the state. Community Deputy Programs have been evaluated and found to be functioning well in Sharpsburg and Keedysville, he said.
Information Technologies Director Ron Whitt presented information on evaluation of GPS expansion needs.
General goals discussed by County Administrator Greg Murray included evaluation of consolidation of County services with the City of Hagerstown, review of housing strategic plans, public information strategies and development of a policy on acquisition and disposition of property.
The Board approved purchase of 20 Dell Computer blade workstations from GHA Technologies of Scottsdale, Arizona for a total of $80,980.00. The high-performance systems would be used in the new 9-1-1 center.
An evening meeting, scheduled for Clear Spring, was cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather.