Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

CONSOLIDATED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INITIATIVE
County Sheriff Doug Mullendore, Hagerstown Chief of Police Art Smith and Fire and Emergency Services Division Director John Latimer brought this request to recommend a Commissioner to assist at a policy-level with the consolidation of emergency communication operations in Washington County, before the Board. A centralized effort in the coordination of emergency communications within Washington County began in 1975. Since its inception, the County has consistently met challenges posed by an ever-changing industry. Two recent examples of this support were the Board of County Commissioner's approval of a new Public Safety Communication System in 2006 and the renovations to the County's Elliott Parkway facility earlier this month. A crucial component of the new communication system is the consolidated emergency communications center at the Elliott Parkway facility. The purpose of this committee is to enable dialog and build political consensus on the issue as it affects multiple agencies and political subdivisions. The Commissioner will join City Councilperson Penny Nigh, the County Administrator, City Administrator and Sheriff on the committee. Sheriff Mullendore said there are personnel and union issues to be worked out and that the design of the project could mirror the Narcotics Task Force, which cuts across jurisdictional lines. Commissioner Kristin Aleshire was recommended to serve on that committee.
REQUEST TO RENEW CONTRACT: EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES JURISDICTIONAL MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Director of the Division of Fire and Emergency Services, John Latimer, brought a request to the Board for renewal of the annual contract for the Jurisdictional Emergency Medical Service Medical Director for the period of September 1, 2007 to September 1, 2008 with current EMS medical director, Dr. Vincent Cantone of Smithsburg, Maryland. State law requires that each County or jurisdiction appoint a medical director to oversee pre-hospital care. In addition, the medical director supports Fire and Rescue Communication with medical direction for emergency medical dispatch protocols. According to the contract, the medical director is compensated $25,000, and the amount is included in the FY '08 operating budget. Commissioner Wivell requested breakdown of hours worked by that physician on the County's behalf. Further discussion of the issue was scheduled. Latimer said that the Medical Director provided 282 hours of service to the County during FY 2006. Commissioner Wivell was not in attendance and the measure was postponed until a later date.
THE BOARD HELD AN EVENING MEETING IN THE TOWN OF SMITHSBURG IN TOWN HALL, AT 21 WEST WATER STREET
A full report will be available on Wednesday, September 26.