Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Gaming Commission Chair Penny Pittman and Gaming Office Director Jim Hovis brought this report, on the 2007 Gaming Fund distribution and recipients, before the Board. The Washington County Gaming Fund received revenues in the amount of $2,935,931.90 in fiscal year 2007, an increase of 1.75% over fiscal year 2006 revenues. During this years funding cycle the Gaming Commission received 128 requests totaling $3,021,432.69, from 99 separate charitable organizations. 89 of those requests, from 74 agencies, received funds. In accordance with State law the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association received 50% of the gaming fund revenues totaling $1,467,965.95. The remaining $1,467,965.95 was disbursed to the organizations listed on the attached news release. Hovis and Pittman reported on the history of the distribution program and procedures used for application, review and approval of requests. Organizations are requested to show evidence of fund-raising activities on their own, and accounting for use of Gaming funds they have received in the past. Representatives of 17 organizations offered positive comments about the Gaming Commission and its revenue distribution process.
Sheriff's Department Patrol Commander Randy Wilkinson and Public Works Director Joe Kroboth brought this request to the Commissioners, to approve a change order with Bushey Feight and Morin Architects in the amount of $50,342, to perform architectural and Engineering Services to enhance security at the Washington County Courthouse. A security assessment for the Washington County Circuit Court was completed in October 2006 by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The assessment focused on the courthouse complex with a particular emphasis on court occupied areas. The NCSC team also addressed physical and administrative security issues associated with the operation of the circuit court. The services provided in this design contract would include: Site survey, a site plan development, security consultant services, development of plans and specifications, and construction administration support. Work would begin in August and be completed in October of 2008. All work associated with this project is estimated to cost $492,000.00. The Sheriff's Department Operating Budgets for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 would provide the majority of the funding, with an additional $110,000 available from the State of Maryland Circuit Court's FY 2008 budget. The Circuit Court contribution has been verified and the County possesses documentation that the funds are available and ready for distribution. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
County Clerk Joni Bittner brought a request for the appointment of Matt Donnegan, an alternate to the Excise Tax Committee to full membership on that board to fill an unexpired term. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.