Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

THE BOARD ATTENDED THE ANNUAL WASHINGTON COUNTY SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE BREAKFAST HOUR
The Washington County Soil Conservation District (WCSCD) presented award plaques and Commissioners presented award certificates to each winner., selected for commitment to soil and water conservation through installation and maintenance of best management practices on their farm operations. The Outstanding Conservation Farmer award was presented to the Avondale Farms, Harold and Sharon Carbaugh and Sons.
The Sustaining Conservation Farmer Award was presented to Creek Bound Farms, James, Bonnie, Jeremiah, Janelle and Jamie Weddle. The Conservation District Employee Awards was presented to Neil Rotruck for work with the Forest Conservation Act Program and Jay Duell and Christopher Herbert for their work with the annual tree seedling sale program.
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
Commissioners' President John Barr presented a Certificate of Merit to Debbie Peyton of the Human Resources Department, who recently received certification as a Professional in the Society of Human Resources Managers . The certificate cited Peyton's diligence and hard work in achieving the level of professional certification.
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.
Jack Parkin, a business owner in the East Oak Ridge Drive area commented on the Funkstown bridge project.
PRIORITY RANKING FOR MARYLAND AGRICULTURAL LAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM
The Board of County Commissioners took no action on this request and requested further consideration of equity and contiguity issues. Land Planners Eric Seifarth and Sara Edelman presented this follow-up on the Priority Ranking for Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program (MALPP) to the Board. In follow-up to the April 15th meeting of the Board, the Agriculture Land Preservation Advisory Board met to discuss suggestions and comments from the Commissioners pertaining to the priority ranking checklist used to determine the order of easement payment through MALPP. After reviewing information from the April Commissioners meeting, as well as e-mail comments from Commissioners Aleshire and Kercheval, the Advisory Board recommended changes to the ranking system. Changes include: Reducing the penalty for property excluded from preservation or developed; Considering that land in terms of actual lots instead of percentages; and Creation of a new category to allow for properties, which are not contiguous to other easements but are greater than 300 acres by themselves or as part of a larger block of 10-year District properties. This category allows 7 additional points. Commissioner Aleshire requested reduction in size of easement blocks and ability for points to be assigned to smaller parcels contiguous to land protected under County, State or Federal statutes. Commissioner Kercheval requested that the percent of lots rather than number of lots be used in ranking properties that have been developed.