Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Susan MacDonald, Executive Director of the Washington County Commission on Aging (COA) brought this review of proposed expenditures to the Board for initial review. MacDonald made the operating budget presentation for that agency for FY 2008. The agency is asking for an increase of $43,408 to cover growth in the Meals on Wheels program and the Medicare Part D Senior Health Insurance Program. The Grand Total requested from the County would be $586,581.00. County funds make up about 25% of the total agency budget. The state allocated about $45,000 last year on a one-time basis to assist the agency, but those funds are not in this year's budget, MacDonald said. $25,000 of the request from the County would support the Medicare drug program, she said. The local COA is the only stand-alone non-profit aging agency serving a single county that is not physically a part of County government, MacDonald said, and discussions may take place in the future to bring the COA into the County as a Department. COA moved from its facility on the Square to the Franklin Street address in March of 2006 with assistance from the County. All budget items will be reviewed prior to the Public Hearing in May.
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Bob Harsh of Williamsport commented on Health Department transportation service contract issues.
Jeanne Singer, Washington County Charter Home Rule Board Chairperson
brought this request, to approve a working budget for writing the Charter, to the Commission. The Charter Board unanimously voted to hire Victor Tervala of the University of Maryland to assist the Charter Board in preparing a Charter document. The consultant has been involved with all recent Charters in Maryland, and the Charter Board felt Trevala's expertise could help move along the discussion and assist the board in avoiding problems. The Charter Board was initially funded at $12,000, but no formal action was taken. Commissioner Kercheval stated that the Charter Board is independent of the Commissioners once appointed, and could contract with a consultant without Commissioners' approval. The County Attorney's Office could also assist in the effort, and could be cost-effective. A motion, to approve funding for up to $12,000 from the Commissioners' contingency fund for use in Charter Board activities was approved on a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Wivell and Aleshire voting "no".