Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Assistant County Attorney Andrew Wilkinson and Cassandra Latimer, Deputy Director of the Economic Development Commission brought this request before the Board. The County Attorney's Office and EDC proposed amendments to the New Jobs Tax Credit Ordinance in order to fix possible ambiguities in the current Ordinance. The Ordinance gives businesses creating new jobs and building or renovating business space certain tax credit against real property and business personal property taxes for a period of 6 years if requirements are met. One company, Mountainside Teleport, has taken advantage of the New Jobs Tax Credit Ordinance in the past. However, Mountainside Teleport failed to maintain the required criteria for the requisite time period. This Board authorized recapture of some of the credits previously provided. In dealing with the Mountainside Teleport issue, the County Attorney's Office and EDC recognized potential ambiguities in the Ordinance and propose revisions to resolve the issues. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Donovan Corum of Hagerstown discussed the Transfer of Development Rights and Urban Growth Area rezoning issues, and stated that both being discussed at the same time was positive for the County.
John Himes of the Sandy Hook area commented on road and development issues.
Commissioners' President John Barr presented a proclamation to States' Attorney's Office Victims Rights Coordinator Jill Ritter and staff designating April 22-28 as Victims' Rights Week in Washington County. This annual commemorative week, first marked in 1981, allows Washington County to demonstrate its support for crime victims and those who serve them. It also educates our citizens about violence, victimization and the importance of support for victims' rights and services. The proclamation lends official recognition to the important work of helping crime victims and serving their needs.
County Purchasing Agent Karen Luther and Department of Water Quality (DWQ) Maintenance Superintendent brought this request, to authorize by Resolution an intergovernmental cooperative purchase of a 2007 Dual Rear Cut-away Service Body Truck for use by the DWQ from Criswell Chevrolet, Inc. of Gaithersburg, MD in the amount of $32,028.98 via a contract of Montgomery County, MarylandFunding in the amount of $38,000 is budgeted in the DWQ's FY '07 budget for the purchase. The request was approved by unanimous vote.