Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

THE BOARD ATTENDED GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES FOR THE NEW PANGBORN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE MORNING
INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES
Human Resources Specialist Debbie Peyton brought two new employees before the Board for introductions. Chris Cochrane was hired as a Planner, in the Department of Planning and Community development. Laura Holtzman is the new Senior Office Associate in the State's Attorney's Office.
CITIZENS PARTICIPATION
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Richard Hawkins, Boonsboro Town Councilman updated the Commissioners on progress of the new branch library in that town. Walls and beams are going up, and the expected date of completion is August 3rd. $300,000 in State support will be received this year, and an additional $200,000 is possible in the future, Hawkins said. Commissioner Kercheval asked about maintenance agreements with the County, and Hawkins said the Town will provide all exterior maintenance for the facility. Information on proposed annexations by Boonsboro has been sent to the Planning Department to facilitate granting Express Approval to those projects, Hawkins said.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM
George Miller representing the Hagerstown Refugee Resettlement Office Brought this request for Funding Assistance before the Board. Miller said that Rental Assistance is needed for the Refugee Resettlement Program for new Refugees arriving in 2007. 211 Refugees from 7 nations are already settled in the area. Over 90% of the employable individuals are working and self-sufficient, Miller said. $15,000 was requested for rental assistance for 100 new refugees expected to arrive in 2007. Because the sponsoring program is headquartered in Virginia, the refugee office is not eligible for Gaming Commission or Local Management Board funds. The Commissioners will review the request and make a determination at a later date.
PROCLAMATION, OLDER AMERICANS MONTH
Commission on Aging Director Susan MacDonald and CIOA Board of Directors Chair John Kenney accepted this proclamation from Commissioners' President John Barr, designating May as Older Americans Month in Washington County. The proclamation stated that there are more than 7,000 county citizens above the age of 60, who comprise a diverse citizenry continuing to contribute to the social and economic well being. Older Americans are productive members of society and the Commissioners asked all County citizens to be aware of the contributions our Elders make to society.