Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, March 4th, 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.
Monda Sagalkin of the League of Women Voters requested a meeting with County Administrator Greg Murray to discuss workforce and affordable housing initiatives.
John Himes of the Sandy Hook area commented on traffic control issues on U.S. route 340.
Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore, brought a first look at that departmental operating budget for Fiscal Year 2009 before the Board. The Department's Judicial Division budget for the coming fiscal year was requested to be $2.09 million, an increase of $19,620 over FY '08 due in part to the addition of the Warrant Squad to the Judicial Division, and increased expense for Courthouse security. The Process Servers' budget would be set at $121,470 an increase of $1,010 over the previous year. The Patrol Division budget was requested at $8.45 million, an increase of $815,370 from FY '08 or 10.68%. The bulk of that increase was due to wages, benefits and capital outlay for vehicles. The Washington County Detention Center's budget was requested at $10.56 million, an increase of $815,590 or 8.37% over FY '08. Main increases would come in wages, benefits, shift differential and need for a 96 bed emergency housing unit. 10 new deputies would be needed to staff that facility. The Central Booking Facility and Narcotics Task Force budgets were not discussed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Dave Engel, members of the DSS Board of Directors and DSS staff brought the Fiscal Year 2009 operating budget presentation before the Board. Although primarily funded by the State of Maryland, DSS receives a portion of its funding from the County. The request is for $326,390 up from $304,630 in FY '08, a change of 7.14 %. DSS is asking for a $3,000 increase in rent for the Family Center, $4,011 increase for a Family Support Center Child Care worker, a $1,000 increase in the Director's Salary Supplement and $13,752 increase for the Safe Place, Child Advocacy Center. All budgets will be reviewed prior to the public hearing at Kepler Theater on the Hagerstown Community College campus in May.
Acting Director of the Division of Fire and Emergency Services Kevin Lewis brought this review of the proposed FY 2009 operating budget before the Board for review. The Fire and Rescue operations request was for $3 million, an increase of $1.193 million or 70.51% over FY '08, primarily due to personnel requests. Some expenses would be contingent on full implementation for Phase II of the Emergency Medical Services Master Plan, which could add 18 Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support personnel to the Division, to support the volunteer EMS companies. Discussion on the 911 Communications Operating budget, the Emergency Management Department request, Fire and Rescue Volunteer Services' budget, The Air Unit and Special Operations budgets were deferred until next week's meeting. All budgets will be reviewed prior to the public hearing at Kepler Theater on the Hagerstown Community College campus in May.