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Washington County Commissioners have light legislative agenda this year

October 16, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- It is shaping up to be a light year of state legislative requests for the Washington County Commissioners.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed their annual list of requests and added only one thing, bringing the total number of items on the list to six.

"This is a pretty light agenda," Commissioner James F. Kercheval said during the meeting. "It really isn't anything difficult."

The commissioners meet with the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly every November to discuss legislative requests for the upcoming General Assembly regular session.

The commissioners have little power to enact legislation and must send even minor items, such as changing a job description, to the Maryland General Assembly for approval.

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This year, the commissioners' list includes these six items:

  • The Washington County Sheriff's Department has asked that the sheriff's salary be changed from a set dollar amount to correspond with the county's salary structure.

  • Public Works requested revisions to the Code of Public Local Laws to reflect changes to the department's organization.

  • The Clerk of the Circuit Court has asked the state to add Washington County to the list of jurisdictions in which the clerk can negotiate commission on transfer tax.

  • The Mental Health Advisory Committee has asked that the Mental Health Authority be designated as the core service agency in Washington County.

  • The salary study commission has requested adjustments to various salaries set by state statute.

  • The county wants to resubmit a proposal to prohibit some commercial trucks from parking on residential streets.

    The truck-parking item, which was included in a massive county roads bill last year, failed to pass during the 2008 regular session.

    Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth II said the resolution will need to be submitted separately and the county will have to build consensus with the delegation and state trucking industry to get the measure passed.

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