Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Board of County Commissioners approved this measure by unanimous vote, as amended. Mike Spinnler, JFK 50 Mile Director, and Tom Riford, President of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (HWCCVB) brought the JFK annual report to the Board and discussed course safety for the event set for Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2008. A request was made for $2,500 to be used for police and emergency services assistance. Riford told the Board that hotels in Washington County play host to well over 1,000 visitors staying multiple days. HWCCVB supports this event, and has committed financial assistance of $2,500. The economic impact of this event is estimated at $350,000 to $500,000 in annual local economic impact. The Board approved reimbursement of the Sheriff's Department up to the $2,500.00 requested. Commissioners' President Jon Barr presented Spinnler with a Commissioners' Proclamation in honor of the event.
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Samuel Hawbaker and Sandy Leatherman of Cearfoss brought a noise and trespassing issue to the Board. The pair were advised of the civil nature of the complaint, which is under investigation by the permits and Inspections Department.
Phil Physioc of Hagerstown commented on a legal issue.
County Administrator's Comments: County Administrator Greg Murray requested a budget transfer in the amount of $31,928 from the Ag Center Pole Barn account to the Museum Building #2 account at the Ag Center. The request was approved by unanimous vote.
No official action was required on this issue. Many Individuals Helping Individuals (MIHI) Director Bill Beard and Lynn Deibert, Project Lifesaver Coordinator brought this report on Project Lifesaver to the Board. The project is operating in Washington County with seven Autistic children and will be expanded to include seniors with dementia. Each participant wears a transmitter with a unique frequency and when they wander off can be quickly located through 911 and retrieved by police or sheriff's personnel. Project Lifesaver International is a nationwide organization serving 715 cities and counties predominately with police or sheriff personnel. MIHI is one of the few non-profit agencies to provide this service. Exclusively volunteers handle the MIHI Project Lifesaver effort. In other counties, law enforcement and emergency services personnel provide maintenance of transmitters and other direct services. The Board suggested MIHI contact Fire and Emergency Services Director Kevin Lewis to investigate training of personnel in each of the client's coverage areas to provide the assistance in maintaining transmitters, thus reducing costs to the project.