Washington Co. discusses goals

Comprehensive plan on commissionersâEUR(TM) list

Comprehensive plan on commissionersâEUR(TM) list

December 11, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY ? The Washington County Commissioners began discussing their 2008 goals on Tuesday.

A list of more than 40 requests from 20 county departments was presented to the commissioners, who will finalize their 2008 goals over the next few weeks.

The list included several ambitious goals ? such as creating a countywide transportation plan, developing a comprehensive approach toward recycling and creating a local council of governments ? that might not be finished by the end of 2008.

However, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said the items on the list could be prioritized to provide guideposts for the remainder of the board's term, which ends in 2010.


"Not all of these things are going to be finished by the end of next year," Murray said. "Many are intended to be for 2008 and forward."

Most 2007 goals accomplished

Murray started the discussion with a review of the commissioners' list of 2007 goals, which have largely been finished.

Completed, or nearly completed, items on that list include scheduling night meetings in the county's municipalities, streaming meetings online and recommending changes to the county's excise tax ordinance.

"We had a pretty aggressive list in our first year, and we did pretty well with it," Murray said.

Of the 18 items on the 2007 list, three items remain unfinished ? evaluating zoning classifications in the county's urban and town growth areas, implementing the county's emergency medical services master plan and updating the county's water and sewer plan.

Those items likely will take priority on the commissioners' 2008 list.

The list also will include updating the county's comprehensive plan, which is done every five years.

Other possible goals for 2008 include finalizing plans for a senior center in Washington County, assessing the county's parks and recreation needs and evaluating the county's bus transfer points.

The commissioners will ask county departments to provide timelines for their priorities to help determine which ones should be set as 2008 goals and which should be held for 2009 and 2010.

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