Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES
Human Resources Coordinators Debbie Peyton and Cindy Mowen brought one new employee to the Board for introductions. Heather Snyder was recently employed as a Senior Office Associate in the State's Attorney's Office.
ENERGY AWARENESS WEEK PROCLAMATION
Commissioner John Barr presented this proclamation to Dave Jordan, Director of Community Action Council designating February 19-23 as Energy Awareness Week in Washington County. The Commissioners cited the recent cold weather in the County and the need for energy assistance to people who have low or fixed incomes. Assistance is available through state programs administered by CAC. The high cost of fuel this winter has had an adverse effect on these families and has also impacted funding sources that depend on donations and other charitable resources. Washington County CAC is committed to actively supporting and promoting the efforts of the State of Maryland in these programs. The Commissioners suggested that all citizens take part in statewide efforts to raise awareness of energy needs during the week.
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET PRESENTATION
Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Dave Engel, members of the DSS Board of Directors and DSS staff brought the annual operating budget presentation before the Board. Although primarily funded by the State of Maryland, DSS receives a portion of its funding from the County. The request is for $297,160.00, up from $273.033.00 in FY '07, a change of 8.8%. DSS is asking for a $4,800.00 increase in rent for the Family Center. Support was requested to maintain the Adult Foster Care Program, the Family Liaison Program and the Child Advocacy Center. All operating budgets will receive Commissioners' scrutiny prior to the Public Hearing set for April.
CITIZENS ASSISTING AND SHELTERING THE ABUSED (CASA) BUDGET PRESENTATION
Director Vicki Sadehvandi and Jack Hall, President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Assistance and Shelter of the Abused (CASA) brought the Fiscal Year 2008 operating budget for that organization before the Board. CASA requested $254,490.00 for the coming year, an increase of $50,160.00 or 24.55%. Sadehvandi told the Board that the increase is needed for continuation of direct service to its clients, women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The increase would include 3% cost of living increase in salaries and a 3% COLA in benefits, plus a 9.6% increase in health insurance costs. CASA will work together with the Sheriff's Department to follow up on domestic violence cases. All operating budgets will receive Commissioners' scrutiny prior to the Public Hearing set for April.