Board of County Commissioners' Actions: March 3, 2009: Commissioners Approve Funding for Hagerstown Development

Board of County Commissioners' Actions
March 3, 2009: Commissioners Approve Funding for Hagerstown Development

In other actions, the Board welcomed 5 new employees. Ryan Baer is the newest Water Quality Department Plant Trainee; Ben Harbaugh is a Collections Trainee, also at Water Quality. John Hinman has been hired as a Detention Center Deputy, and John Worden is the new Criminal Gang Intelligence Analyst in the Narcotics Task Force. Cliff Engle was introduced as the new Deputy Director of Environmental Management for Solid Waste.
The Board approved the Emergency Transitional Housing Grant application and the Homelessness Prevention Programs Grant application by the Community Action Council in a total amount of $171,321.00. The grants will be used by CAC, CASA, the Salvation Army and St. John's Shelter.
The Commissioners approved changes to the Electrical Board Rules and Regulations, so that state legislation and local regulations work together. Director of the Department of Permits and Inspections, Dan DiVito and Tim Fields, President of the Electrical Board of Examiners and Supervisors, requested the changes. During the 2008 Legislative Session, changes to Title 8 of the Code of Local Public Laws were passed by the General Assembly as a result of requests from the Electrical Board and the County Commissioners in order to clarify issues relating to the licensing of electricians within the county and to remove duplication between Title 8 and those Rules and Regulations. Sections of Title 8 were removed with the intention of placing the substance of those sections within the Rules and Regulations.
A contract for the 40 West Landfill Cells 5, 6 and 7 Spring Control project was awarded to the responsive, responsible, bidder with the lowest Total Project Bid, C. William Hetzer of Hagerstown, Maryland, in the amount of $166,542.76. That project will help protect the environment by controlling landfill runoff leaching into underground water supplies.
A Sole Source award was made to Capitol Power of Ashburn, Virginia for a 160 KVA Uninterruptible Power Supply Unit for the 911 Center Emergency Services Renovation Project, in the amount of $68,208.00. The unit would ensure that emergency dispatch computers would not be interrupted by power failures in that new facility, and would bridge the time needed for emergency generator start-up. In addition, a budget transfer of $384,000.00 from the Public Safety Communications Fiber Project budget to the 911 Center project was approved. A change order in the amount of $108,947.00 relating to installation of the UPS unit was also approved. CBS Electric of Hagerstown is the current project contractor.
The Board authorized acceptance of an Emergency Number System Board (ENSB) grant award for Emergency Communications in the amount of $39,600.00 for training of personnel. The ENSB falls under Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services with a fifteen-member board overseeing activities of the organization. The mission of the board is to manage the "911 fee" assessed on all land-based and cellular connections in Maryland. The current fee in Washington County is $1.00. The ESNB returns 75 cents to the respective County to cover operational costs and the remaining 25 cents is held in a statewide account and awarded for special projects
A construction bid award for 165 feet of sidewalk extension in Boonsboro was approved, to David H. Martin Excavating of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in the amount of $23,371. The sidewalks are near Sharpsburg Elementary School, will conform to standards set by the State Highway Administration, and will be funded at 100% by the state.
Costs for Sheriff's Department overtime for the Tour Across Washington County bicycle race were approved from the Hotel-Motel tax. The County has covered these costs for the past several years. Last year's cost was $1,330.00.
Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Carolyn Motz told the Board that the local airport is on the cover of the 2008 annual report of the Airport Cooperative Research Project.
Director of Fire and Emergency Services Kevin Lewis reported on additional communications between the Division, officials of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and officers of the Fairplay Fire Company. Citizen concerns regarding emergency coverage have been received. Lewis told the Board that his office is working with Fairplay to restore full service delivery. Commissioners requested a report with specific information as to failure rates and numbers of qualified personnel. That information will be presented at the meeting on March 10th.
The Board approved a request by Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director Jim Sterling to waive fees for use of the Agricultural Education Center Park by Route 40 Cruisers for Kids' charitable event on June 14th. The event will benefit two local children who have Ewing's Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer.