The current working relationship between our city and county governments has improved over the past four years. I would like to point out such items as the financial assistance from the county for the new parking deck, county support on the purchase of the University Plaza property and their involvement with the MDE (Maryland Department of Environment) sewer consent order. There has also been joint cooperation on central booking and the emergency communications systems. My monthly lunch meetings with Commission President (Gregory) Snook has allowed us to develop a valuable line of communications which has been of much benefit to both governments. However, the elected officials and staff of both governments must develop a more meaningful spirit of trust and understanding in order to achieve a better working relationship. I support the development of a council of governments which would create the framework for more meaningful dialogue between the city, county and other municipalities.