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County announces 2001 goals

October 20, 2000

County announces 2001 goals



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The Washington County Commissioners on Friday began developing county goals for 2001 that include deciding what changes to make to the county fire and rescue system.

The commissioners did not adopt the goals, which were being discussed for the first time Friday. They will discuss them at a future meeting.

The proposed goals include:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Have staff and the Washington County Planning Commission complete and forward the revised Comprehensive Plan to the Board of County Commissioners.

The planning commission will have at least 20 public information meetings on the plan but will not expect adoption of the document by the commissioners during the next year, Planning Director Robert Arch said.

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The comprehensive plan lays the groundwork for the county over the next 20 years, especially in areas of land use, growth management policy, roads, sewers and sensitive environmental areas.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Establish priorities for Emergency Services Committee recommendations.

An Emergency Services Committee has been examining and compiling suggestions on a consultant's report containing recommendations to the fire and rescue system. While the committee's resulting report is not completed, it is clear that not all of those recommendations can be implemented within one year, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Establish and adopt alignments for Rench Road, the extension of Eastern Boulevard and Funkstown's Hebb Road connection to Alternate 40.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Develop a plan to integrate the county's telephone and data communication technology.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Develop a plan to identify facilities that will improve access to services through electronic government. The idea is to ensure it is possible for citizens and others to learn about and use government services through electronic means, particularly the Internet.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In cooperation with the Board of Education, evaluate school facilities to determine appropriate capacity and affordability and adopt recommended changes. The plan could result in the consolidation of some schools.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Obtain state backing for U.S. 11 improvements to support the Hagerstown Regional Airport runway extension. A runway extension would cross over U.S. 11, so total runway costs could be more than $25 million.

Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger suggested adding two more goals:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Develop a marketing plan for the airport and its vicinity. That was also a 2000 goal. That plan will be completed within six months, Economic Development Director John Howard said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Use funds from a transfer tax, if needed state authority to impose the tax is obtained, for agricultural land preservation.

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