Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Bill Beard, President of the Washington County Historical Society Board and newly appointed Executive Director Jim Neville reported to the Commissioners on the mission and activities of the Society, its facilities and collections. Aside from the Miller Houser and Beaver Creek School that are owned by the Society, the contents of the Hager House in City Park and the Country Store at the Agricultural Heritage Museum are owned by the group and on loan to those organizations, Neville said.
Jim Devine of Hagerstown commented on energy issues, on the election process, on growth in the County, on a need for a rental-inspection program outside the City of Hagerstown and in School construction issues.
Appointments to Boards and Commissions: County Clerk Joni Bittner brought a request from the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for reappointment of John Cohill to the Committee for a second three-year term. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
County Administrator's Comments: County Administrator Rod Shoop advised the Board that an organizational meeting of the Charter Home Rule Committee will be held on Thursday, December 21st at 5 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room. The University of Maryland is assisting in writing that Charter, Shoop said. The Commissioners were reminded that annual holiday Caroling would take place at 11:45 a.m. on the Administration Building's front steps. The next Commissioners meeting is January 9th, Shoop said.
Staff Comments: Office on Disability Issues Administrator Norman Bassett reported on last week's meeting of the Disability Advisory Committee, which welcomed Delegates Chris Shank and Rick Weldon as guests. The Delegates heard a report on the Developmental Disabilities Administration Waiting List Initiative from DAC member Phyllis Landry. The Delegates were asked to continue their support of that initiative. The report indicated that 486 persons who have developmental disabilities are receiving services in Washington County, while 332 persons remain on the waiting list.
Public Works Director Gary Rohrer commented on the County Street Acceptance Policy. Rohrer told the Board that some streets in the County have not been accepted into the County structure and snow plowing on those thoroughfares is the responsibility of the subdivision developer.
Commissioners and County employees participated in holiday caroling on the administration building steps at the noon hour.