Washington County briefs

August 31, 2010

County ready for public hearing on changes to Animal Control Ordinance

The Washington County Commissioners reached a consensus Tuesday that they are ready to schedule a public hearing on proposed changes to the county's Animal Control Ordinance.

The proposed changes, which have been in the works for years, include creating a two-tiered system for dealing with animals that attack or threaten people or pets without provocation.

Currently, animals can be labeled "vicious and dangerous" after only one attack, but under the proposed system, animals could first be designated "potentially vicious and dangerous" and given 18 months to improve their behavior before being labeled permanently as "vicious and dangerous."

A date and time for the hearing had not been set.

County Commission agrees to make-up of forest conservation review committee

A committee to review Washington County's Forest Conservation Ordinance will consist of leaders or staff of several organizations and agencies involved in forest conservation efforts, the Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday.


Washington County Planning Director Michael Thompson suggested appointing representatives of the following groups:

o The Washington County Soil Conservation District

o The county's Forest Conservancy District Board

o The Maryland Department of Natural Resources

o The environmental community

o The development community

o An engineering company that prepares forestation plans

County authorizes advertising for emergency services position

Washington County has an opening for a Deputy Director of Operations for the Washington County Division of Emergency Services, county Human Resources Director George William Sonnik III said Tuesday.

The position is vacant due to a resignation last week, Sonnik said.

The commissioners voted unanimously to authorize advertising the position, which is grade 13 on the county's salary schedule.

-- Heather Keels

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