Board of County Commissioner's Actions-March 28, 2006

Board of County Commissioner's Actions
March 28, 2006

STAFF REPORTS
County Administrator Rod Shoop requested advertisement of two Motor Equipment Operator II positions in the Highways Department in the absence of Human Resources Director Dave Hankinson. The measures were approved by unanimous vote.
FIRE AND RESCUE REVOLVING LOAN REQUEST: COMMUNITY RESCUE SERVICE
John Latimer, Director of the Division of Fire and Emergency Services brought this request, for approval of a Fire and Rescue Revolving Loan Committee recommendation to loan Community Rescue Service, Inc. $111,636 for the purchases of two ambulances and one duty officer's vehicle. The project includes the replacement of two 1998 ambulances and one 1992 Ford Explorer with two 2006 Ford E450 Super Duty Medtec FD 166 ambulances and one 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The request represents 50% of the project value. The terms include an interest rate of 3% APR for five years with the repayment occurring on a quarterly basis. As of January 1, 2006, the Fire and Rescue Revolving Loan Fund available balance was $437,265.44. Granting the loan request would not adversely affect the County's ability to offer financial assistance on future projects, Latimer said. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
FY '06 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANT
Fire and Emergency Services Director John Latimer brought this request for approval of the FY '06 Emergency Management Performance Grant to the Board. The approval would authorize the Director of Fire and Emergency Services to execute a Memorandum of Agreement with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), which distributes funding to all local jurisdictions on an annual basis to offset personnel, operational and training expenses for local emergency management. The FY '06 award is $32,712, and there is no fiscal impact as the grant is fully funded with no County obligation. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
GENERAL FUND BUDGET DISCUSSION: HUMANE SOCIETY
Washington County Humane Society Director Paul Miller brought a review of the proposed budget for animal control and Humane Society activities before the Board. Miller told the Board that the request is for $1,174,039, an increase if $126,051 or 12.3%. The increase would include funding for an additional Animal Control Officer and a vehicle for that position. All budgets will be further reviewed prior to the Public Hearing scheduled for May 9 at Kepler Theater on the Hagerstown Community College campus.