Board of County Commissioners Actions: May 9, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, May 9, 2006

PROCLAMATION: WASHINGTON COUNTY TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION MONTH
Commissioner Dori Nipps presented this proclamation to members of the Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force designating May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention month in Washington County. The proclamation stated that Washington County has the fourth-highest teen pregnancy rate in Maryland. 206 County teens gave birth in 2994, Teen parents are less likely to complete high school, and the likelihood that these children will be victims of abuse is great and cost to the taxpayer for programs of treatment is high. The WCTPPTF is working to raise awareness of the implications of the high birth rate and advocate for an inclusive, community-wide approach and comprehensive services in order to reduce the number of births to teen parents.

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.
Students and Teachers from Broadfording Mennonite School paid their annual visit to the Board to observe the working of County Government. Commissioners' President Snook discussed budget preparation and approval items with the group.
Danny Lane of Keedysvile addressed tax issues and persons on fixed incomes. Lane commended the Commissioners for implementing the rural rezoning amendments.

REPORTS FROM COUNTY STAFF
Human Resources Director Dave Hankinson requested approval to advertise a Collections Operator Trainee position at the Department of Water Quality. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
Public Works Director Gary Rohrer reported that Ford Drive in Hancock opened Friday afternoon. Westfields Elementary School plans were reviewed by the Advisory School Design Review Committee (ASDRC). Rohrer said the plans were very good for the facility. Pavement maintenance projects for FY 2007 will encompass 40 miles of County roadways, and construction should begin in early July. A tour of the county to look at bicycle routes will enable a map of bike paths to be developed, Rohrer said. The Division is looking at the Devil's Backbone dam issue, and reviewing engineering estimates for that structure's repair. A formal report will be made to the Board at a later date on recommendations for repairs to the structure, Rohrer said.