Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
* Tom Berry of Rohrersville requested input be obtained from rural area landowners on the proposed Urban Growth Area rezoning advisory committee
* Jerry Ditto of Clear Spring stated that a preliminary consultant report dealing with Transfer of Development Rights be revised to include TDRs in rural areas and that the work of members of the Agricultural Preservation Committee should be recognized.
* Appointments to Boards and Commissions: County Clerk Joni Bittner reported that the Gaming Commission requested appointment of Judith Ferro to that Commission. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
* The Local Management Board requested Samuel Key be appointed to that body. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
* The Animal Control Board requested appointment of John Venetta as an alternate. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
County Administrator's Comments: County Administrator Rod Shoop reminded the Commissioners that the group will leave the County Administration Building at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday for the trip to Annapolis and the meeting with the Local Delegation.
* Staff Comments: Human Resources Administrator Dee Hawbaker requested approval to advertise two positions. There is a vacant Senior Plant Operator position at Water Quality and a Part-Time Landfill Attendant position vacant at the Solid Waste Department. Both were approved by unanimous vote.
Boyd Michael, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations and Robert Rollins, Director of Facilities Planning & Development for Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) brought the Washington County Board of Education's request to advertise bids for the site work at the new Pangborn Elementary School before the Commissioners. Bidding of the site work with a cost of $1,850,000, needs to move forward in order for the project to remain on schedule for an August, 2008 opening, Michael said. $8.9 million is currently approved in the FY 2007 Capital Program for WCPS. Discussion centered on need to eliminate "portable" classrooms. The project will be split into two phases, Rollins said, but be bid as a single contract. The measure was approved on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Wivell voting "no".