Washington County briefs

May 02, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

May proclamations issued by county

The Washington County Commissioners issued three proclamations Tuesday, declaring May as Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and Older Americans Month and declaring the week of May 1-6 as History Week.

Witnessed by members of the Washington County Historical Society, the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, the Hagerstown-Washington County Conventions and Business Bureau, the board also declared May 6-7 the Fourth Annual Museum Ramble.

Representatives from the Washington County Teen Pregnancy Coalition gave commissioners an update of coalition activities.

Proposed annexation affirmed by board

The City of Hagerstown will continue discussing the proposed annexation of 5.9 acres along Eastern Boulevard near Security Road now that the Washington County Commissioners have affirmed the position of the previous board.

On Tuesday, representatives from the city asked the commissioners to review the position of the previous board on the annexation and decide if it was in agreement.


The board agreed with the existing conditions that zoning for the land would be consistent between the county and city, access to Eastern Boulevard will be county-approved and the 5.9 acres will need on-site storm water management.

In a letter to commissioners, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II asked the board to consider its stance on four issues, including ownership of a 1.1-mile stretch of Eastern Boulevard.

County Attorney John Martirano said that by annexing the land, the city would not automatically own the existing roadway.

"Annexation does not convey ownership to the city," he said.

The county agreed it would maintain ownership of the 1.1-mile stretch until the city and county could collectively draft a long-range plan to deal with similar issues involving city growth.

County continues budget discussion

The Washington County Commissioners continued discussion on the Fiscal Year 2008 budget Tuesday when it evaluated bonding and general fund expenditures for public safety, operations and capital transfers.

County Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray said Cell No. 4 bids on the Forty West Landfill came back about $2 million under budget, leaving the county with the option to reduce its bonds for the year.

Murray said the county could reduce the total bond issuance from about $18 million to $16 million based on the bids.

The board agreed to reduce the bonds for the remainder of this fiscal year.

During its general fund discussions, the county made few changes to staff proposals for public safety expenditures.

Murray said the public safety budget has been updated to reflect the $1.46 million earmark approved by the board last week for as many as 12 new advanced life support technicians, an assistant chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and up to five new EMS vehicles.

Commissioners affirmed their decision last week to earmark the funds, increasing its fire and rescue operations budget by more than 500 percent.

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