Commissioners vote to eliminate two committees

September 14, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to eliminate two committees, potentially saving the county about $7,950 annually.

The Washington County Facilities Review Committee and Washington Insurance Committee were disbanded at the recommendation of Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis.

Both are inactive and not needed, Davis said.

The Facilities Review Committee last met April 16, 1998. The Insurance Committee has not met since 1996, he said.

When active, the Facilities Review Committee members were paid $50 per meeting, and Insurance Committee members were paid $975 a year, Davis said.

The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner William J. Wivell opposed. He felt the County Commissioners should give the board members a chance to comment before a vote was taken.


The county has 45 citizen advisory boards - counting the two eliminated Tuesday - with approximately 490 members, Davis said. In comparison Frederick and Carroll counties have 36 boards, he said. Hagerstown has 10 committees, he said.

Twelve of the Washington County boards pay their members, at an annual cost of about $107,000, he said.

In addition, green and cart fees are waived for the Black Rock Golf Course board of directors. That practice will be reviewed, Commissioner John L. Schnebly said.

Davis suggested the commissioners start meeting more regularly with the remaining committees and assess whether to abolish others or change members' level of pay, he said.

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