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County Commissioners briefs

January 15, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Communications system proposal heard at meeting



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday heard a proposal from police and emergency rescue officials on the importance of a multimillion dollar replacement of the county's emergency communications system.

The replacement system could cost between $12 million and $18 million.

Officials said a new system is needed to replace an approximately 30-year-old system that often fails while police and other emergency personnel are out in the field.

Commission President Gregory I. Snook said he expects the project to show up on the county's Capital Improvement Plan.




Money is requested for teacher program



Arnold Hamman of Washington County Public Schools and Peggy Bushey of the Economic Development Commission at Tuesday night's meeting requested money from the county for the 2003 Teacher Externship Program.

They said the county could contribute as much as it wants. The program has been in place for a year and is jointly sponsored by the EDC, Hagerstown Community College, Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown Business College.

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Teachers are matched with partnering businesses or local governments for three days of work site observations, undergo nine hours of professional development and other activities.

Commission President Gregory I. Snook said the county will consider the request when budget talks begin.




Certificate of Merit presented to Harris



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a Certificate of Merit to Clyde Harris in recognition of his seven years of service volunteering and serving as chair on the Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Harris was elected to the position in 1996. He resigned from the board effective Nov. 1, 2002, because of a job transfer to Florida.




Organizational structure will be studied by county



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to use about $110,000 generated by turnover of nonpublic safety personnel toward a study of the county's organizational structure.

Human Resources Director Alan Davis presented the turnover information to the County Commissioners.

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