Board of County Commissioners: April 25, 2006
April 25, 2006
PROCLAMATION: VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK
States' Attorneys Office Victims' Rights Administrator Jill Ritter received a proclamation from Commissioners' President Greg Snook designating the week of April 23-29, 2006 as Washington County Crime Victims' Rights Week. This annual commemorative week, first marked in 1981, allows Washington County to demonstrate its support for crime victims and those who serve them. It also educates our citizens about violence, victimization and the importance of support for victims' rights and services. The proclamation lends official recognition to the important work of helping crime victims and serving their needs.
County Attorney Issues: County Attorney John Martirano brought the request of Potomac Case Management to be included in the 1-108 list of private nonprofit organizations that may receive direct contributions from the Commissioners back to the Board for a decision. The matter went to Public Hearing last week. The measure was approved on a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Wivell and Munson voting "no". The eligibility of an organization does not guarantee that the Board will donate funds. A similar request from the San-Mar Home was investigated. San-Mar changed its name in the 1990's but was on the 1-108 list under a different name.
Appointments to Boards and Commissions: County Clerk Joni Bittner brought this request from the Adult Public Guardianship Review Board, requesting that Sally Clopper and Cynthia Pellegrino be re-appointed to the Board. Ms. Clopper would be serving her first full three-year term since filling an unexpired term. Ms. Pellegrino had served two, three-year terms. The measures were approved by unanimous vote.
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Daniel Moller of Keedysville asked about a plan to combat a possible outbreak of Avian Flu, and about the placement of the Health Department within the County's organizational chart. The Health Department is a State agency and does not formally report to the Board of County Commissioners.
Diane Eves of Hagerstown commented on the tax rebate approved by the Board as better for the lower end of the homeowner scale.
Bob Harsh of Williamsport requested information on a contract involving medical transportation and was referred to Purchasing Agent Karen Luther.
City of Hagerstown Finance Director Al Martin requested that the Board contribute an additional $300,000.00 to the Arts and Entertainment District Parking Deck project. The Board had previously provided $600,000.00 for development of that structure as part of Downtown revitalization plans. Commissioners' President Snook said the Board will consider the request at a later date.
Bob Darby of Hagerstown thanked the Commissioners for promoting recycling and discussed a safety issue at I-81 and Maugans Avenue.