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

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, March 20, 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.
Jerry Ditto of Clear Spring commented on structure of the Commissioners' meeting agenda.
Paul Miller, Humane Society of Washington County Executive Director brought this discussion before the Board. State law mandates that the County provide animal control services, and the Humane Society has a contract with the County for provision of those services. The operational budget for FY '08 was recommended at $1.25 million a $113,347.00 increase over FY 2007. Miller told the Board that the increase is due to cost of fuel and utilities, insurance, and veterinary expenditures. Injured animals requiring care after normal business hours must be taken to a clinic in Frederick, Miller said. The request would include an additional Animal Control Officer and a vehicle. Budgets will receive further review prior to the Public Hearing set for May.
Acting Washington County Health Officer Earl Stoner and Health Department (WCHD) staff brought the operating budget for fiscal year 2008 to the Commissioners for review. Total operating budget from all sources is just over $20 million. WCHD receives the majority of its funding from the State, and the County's portion of that budget was requested to be $2.66 million, an increase of about 12 % or $330,961 over last year's funding levels. The bulk of that increase would go for state-mandated raises for Health Department personnel, without state funding to pay for those increases. The School Health Nurse budget request is $3.05 million, up by $47,803 from FY 2007 or 1.59%. School Health Nurse funds are included in the Health Department's budget total.
All budgets will be reviewed prior to the public hearing at Kepler Theater on the Hagerstown Community College campus in May.
Washington County Health Department (WCHD) Purchasing Agent Brenda Cole, and Earl Stoner, Acting Health Officer brought this request to the Board, for approval of a Contract award for Boiler Replacement at the Washington County Health Department, to T.A. Gorman, Inc., of Baltimore, with the lowest bid amount of Base Bid at $60,500.00. The contract includes a new low pressure, wet base, cast iron sectional boiler with power burner. Gipe Associates, Inc., Engineering Contractors for the Washington County Government designed the plans and specifications of the project in coordination with the Health Department at a total of $19,000, making the total budget cost $79,000. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.