Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

PROCLAMATION: CHARACTER COUNTS WEEK
Carolyn Brooks, Kim Buchanan and Patsy Campbell representing "Character Counts" of Washington County received a proclamation from Commissioners' Vice President Bill Wivell designating October 15-21, 2006 as Character Counts Week in Washington County. The proclamation stated that young people are the stewards of the community and concerns about the character training of our youth have taken on a new sense of urgency in light of recent events. Children need strong and constructive guidance from families and communities. The "Six Pillars of Character" were cited as character development tools, and strong character benefits the public good. The Board recognized Character Counts Week and urged all citizens to support these important community goals.
AUTHORIZING RESOLUTIONS: MARYLAND WATER QUALITY LOANS FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS
Deputy Director of Budget and Finance Dawn Barnes and Timmy Ruppersberger, Bond Counsel for Washington County, brought this request, that the Board approve Authorizing Resolutions for loans from Maryland Water Quality Administration for the Resh Road Landfill Capping Phase 1 Project, and the Halfway I & I Rehabilitation Project. The resolutions authorize the issuance of General Obligation Installment bonds in an amount not to exceed $5,500,000 for the Capping Project and in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 for the Halfway I & I Project. The interest rate for October is 1%, plus an administration charge of 5% of total debt service. Interest cost for the 20 year period for the maximum loan amount is $ 595,685 for the Resh Road Landfill Project and $108,306 for the Halfway I & I Project. The measures were approved by unanimous vote.
BID AWARD: SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FIREARMS
County Buyer Rick Curry and Sheriff Charles Mades brought this request, to award the contract for the purchase of 110 units of 40 Caliber Beretta handguns to the responsive, responsible, bidder with the lowest bid--Lawmen Supply Company, Inc., of Clinton, Maryland, in the amount of $50,692.40. On September 12th the County accepted bids for the handguns that consist of a handgun, gunlock, night site, carrying case, holster, and three ammunition magazines. Funds seized from criminal activities would be used to purchase the firearms. Mades told the Board that this is the 4th time in 20 years that new firearms have been purchased. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.