Board of County Commissioners Actions

Board of County Commissioners Actions

COMMENTS FROM COUNTY STAFF
Fire and Emergency Services Director John Latimer reported that nine Fire companies from Washington County assisted on the mountain fire in Frederick County near Thurmont on Monday. No injuries or equipment damage was reported, he said.
Human Resources Director Dave Hankinson requested advertisement of two motor equipment operator positions at the Highways Department and one part-time bus operator position at County Commuter. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
CITIZENS PARTICIPATION
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Bob Darby of Hagerstown commented on the Home Rule Task Force as a waste of taxpayer money.
Ron Meiners of Hagerstown's Carpenters Union local volunteered the use of the union hall as a free location for County employees to take the Joint County/City public safety course on gang-related crimes.
OTHER BUSINESS
County Attorney Issues: County Attorney Richard Douglas told the Board that the latest drafts of House and Senate bills on the property tax cap have been received and are available for review.
THE BOARD HEARD THE ANNUAL BUDGET PRESENTATION FROM HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT THE NOON HOUR
Hagerstown Community College receives funding for its $23.4 million budget from the State and County. This year's request from the County is for $6,906,594 an increase of $900,860 or 15% over last year's request. The funding increase would go to supporting costs associated with upgrading the facility and expanding programs and services due to increasing enrollment. The funds would help promote existing and new programs of study and instructional design at the College. Development of enrollment management and related marketing strategies, employee support, technology improvements and employee training would also be benefited by the increase. All budgets will be further reviewed prior to the April 18 Public Hearing at the College's Kepler Theater.
AIRPORT BUDGET PRESENTATION
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) Manager Carolyn Motz and HGR Fire Chief Phil Ridenour brought this review of the operating budget for fiscal year 2007 before the Board. Reinstatement of Essential Air Service is the key to the increase in revenues seen for Fiscal Year 2007, Motz said. Total revenue for this self-supporting enterprise fund would be $1.53 million, with expenses equal to those revenues. The proposed revenues would see a $179,417.00 increase due to increases in passenger facility charges, landing fees and corporate rents, concession fees, terminal rents, T-Hangar rents, Fuel Farm revenues and FAA rental property revenue. Expenses would equal revenues, with modest increases expected for General Operations and Airport Operations, Business Parks, Terminals, T-Hangars, Motz said. Except for funding for airfield firefighting operations and some advertising funds, the Airport is near self-sufficiency, Motz said. All budgets are subject to line-item review prior to the Public Hearing set for April 18.