Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

THE COMMISSIONERS ATTENDED A JOINT MEETING WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AT BOE HEADQUARTERS, 823 COMMONWEALTH AVENUE, HAGERSTOWN
Items under discussion included: Third Quarter budget adjustments; an update on design of the new Antietam Academy; an update on construction of the three new elementary schools; cost of relocating portable classrooms; transportation policies; and effects of Senate Bill 208, the High Performance Buildings Act, on local school construction.
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.
Lawrence Hopp of Hagerstown discussed unincorporated or "paper" alleys in areas outside the City of Hagerstown. Assistant County Attorneys Kirk Downey and Andrew Wilkinson commented that in cases where the County has never been given property rights to an alley and does not maintain it as a County road, there is no jurisdiction and usage issues are civil matters.
RISK MANAGEMENT POLICY AND AMENDMENTS TO SAFETY COMMITTEE BYLAWS
The Commissioners approved these requests by unanimous vote. Risk Management Administrator Becky Maginnis, Brian Overcash, Safety Compliance Administrator; and Human Resources Director Bill Sonnik requested approval of a County Risk Management Policy and approval of amendments to the Safety Committee Bylaws. The calendar year 2008 goal for the Human Resources Department is to develop a formal safety/risk management program. Adopting a risk management policy is the first step to achieving that goal. Amending the Safety Committee Bylaws is necessary to restructure and reinvigorate the County's Safety Committee. Expanding the County's current safety compliance program to encompass risk management is necessary to place Washington County in the best position possible to market its current and future insurance needs. In addition, a program based on the accepted risk management principles of exposure identification and analysis, financing alternatives, control and safety, and program evaluation will safeguard the County's assets, human and otherwise, in the most cost-effective manner possible. The policy established a mandate by the Commissioners for implementation of such a program. One of the most important components of the program is a Safety Committee actively involved in recommending, implementing and reviewing the County's program. The Bylaws were revised to reflect the increased scope and critical nature of the County's Safety Committee.
THE COMMISSIONERS ATTENDED A TOUR OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY SHELTER
The Board viewed a power point presentation of the legal, contractual and internal operational requirements for the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) in the enforcement of the current Washington County Animal Control Ordinance. Under discussion were recommendations for areas of improvement to the current Ordinance and/or possible improvements to the methods of implementation to improve the efficiency of services to County citizens and animals.