Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Tom Berry of Rohrersville commented on Transfer of Development Rights, on the 2008 update to the Comprehensive Plan and on the Charter Home Rule committee.
John Himes of the Sandy Hook area commented on traffic control problems on U.S. 340 at Valley Road and on highway lighting problems in that area.
Boyd Michael, Washington County Board of Education (BOE) Assistant Superintendent for School Operations and Robert Rollins, Director of Facilities Planning and Development brought a request for FY 2009 Funding for the Relocation of Portable Classrooms to the Board. The request was for approval of forward funding of $1,500,000 from the FY 2009 Capital Budget for the relocation of portable classrooms. Eighteen portable classrooms would be relocated from their current locations at Pangborn, Maugansville, and Fountain Rock elementary schools to nine different schools. This is a request for capital funds to be appropriated in advance of the start of FY 2009 so that design and construction activities can begin immediately to ensure that the classrooms will be ready for students in August 2008. Portable classrooms must be removed from the current sites immediately after the close of school in June 2008 to support the timely demolition of Pangborn Elementary and Maugansville Elementary and in support of the cafeteria addition at Fountain Rock Elementary. Michael told the Board that $100,000 had been trimmed from the BOE's original request, and that every attempt will be made to reduce the cost of relocation the portable classrooms. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.
Operating Budget discussions for the Fiscal Year running from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 began with submission of the Transit Fund budget for FY '09. Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone brought this review of the department's proposal to the Board. There would be an overall increase of 2.82% or $65,900 from the FY 2008 budget, due primarily to adjustments based on federal and state grant funding formulas. Fixed route revenues were projected to be 8.03% above last year, also a function of those state and federal grants. Paratransit and Ride Assistance program revenues were projected to be flat, while the DSS program revenues would be up about 6.55%. Revenues from operating grants for the Hopewell Valley program were expected to fall by about 41% to around $98,000 with those funds coming from the Department of Social Services and rollover funds from the Community Partnership for Children And Families. Discussion centered on the need for two Office Assistant and one Part-Time Mechanic positions that Cerrone said were necessary due to growth in the system programs. All budgets will be reviewed by line item prior to the public hearing on the entire budget, to be held in May.