Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, October 3, 2006

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.
Tony Dahbura and Merle Elliott of the Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees reported that planned renovations to the Career Programs Building at HCC may cost $2.36 million more than the allocated budget. Negotiations with bidders are taking place in an attempt to lower the total cost. The information was presented as a "heads-up" for the Commissioners, who could be asked for additional funding for the project.
Realtor Preston Faulk and residents of an area near Division Avenue, between Jefferson Boulevard and Interval Road, requested the Commissioners convey a quitclaim deed to a small parcel of abandoned roadbed. Commissioners' President Snook said County Staff is conducting a Title search on the plot and no further action will be taken until results of that search is known.
Harry Powers and Mike Norris of the Roberts Road area requested information pertaining to County maintenance of that road. Staff is researching ownership of the road, Commissioner Snook said, and the County plans no change in activity at this time.
PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM UPDATE
Gary W. Rohrer, Director of Public Works brought this informational presentation to the Board. Following approval by the Board of County Commissioners on June 13, 2006 to accept a proposal from Motorola for $19,348,225, the contract was formally executed on June 26, 2006 for the approved amount. Rohrer issued a Notice to Proceed (NTP) for July 7, 2006 that included a condition of a mutually agreed upon schedule following the completion of Contract Design Review (CDR). Also in the terms of the contract, was a payment of $2,939,801.40 upon execution of the contract. Full responsibility for implementation has been assigned to the Deputy Director of Public Works. To date, County staff and the consultant Dave McCobin of LRK have met with the vendor in two CDR meetings, each lasting a full day. Eight more meetings are scheduled for October and a final meeting for November 1. When the CDR stage is complete, the County will remit another payment of $1,469,900.70 under the terms of the contract. A full report will be made to the Commissioners when the CDR phase is complete. Timeline for implementation of the new communications system is Summer 2008 for Law Enforcement, with Fire and Rescue going online a short time later, Rohrer said.