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Washington County briefs

June 16, 2011

Commissioners raise tip-jar costs
The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved amending county regulations to raise the cost of  tip-jar gaming stickers from $1.25 to $2 per two-part sticker.
The price increase was already approved as part of the county’s fiscal 2012 budget, but tip-jar regulations needed to be updated to reflect the price increase, County Attorney John M. Martirano said.
The Washington County Gaming Office requested the fee increase to allow it to balance its budget and remain self sufficient.
In recent years, tip-jar sales have dropped about 35 percent, resulting in decreased revenues collected by the agency to offset administrative fees, gaming office Director James B. Hovis previously told the commissioners.

County sheriff’s office wins grants
The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to accept two grants for the county sheriff’s office.
One grant, $23,666 from the U.S. Department of Justice, will cover the costs of body armor replacement.
The other — a $43,000 Edward J. Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention — will help purchase in-car cameras and fund overtime related to a traffic and crime-data-integration program.
That program, called Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, uses data on the locations of crimes and traffic crashes to identify areas for increased officer deployment.

Appointments made to county boards and commissions
The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved appointments to five boards and commissions Tuesday, county Clerk Vicki Lumm said.
Renee Clark was appointed and Melinda Propst was reappointed to their first, full terms on the Disabilities Advisory Committee.
 Raymond Higgins and Wayne Steenburg were reappointed to their second, two-year terms as master electrician representatives on the Electrical Board of Examiners and Supervisors.
 Evelyn Williams, Randy Schultz and Bill Beard were appointed to serve first, three-year terms, and Sheree Goree was reappointed to a second, three-year term on the Washington County Board of Social Services.
For the Adult Public Guardianship Review Board, Forrest Easton was reappointed for a second three-year term; Dr. Allen W. Ditto, Attorney Catherine A. Drummond and Mary Jane Sharer were reappointed to additional three-year terms; and Elizabeth Creech and Jill Parker were appointed to their first, three-year terms.
Anastasia Broadus, Renee Clark, Mary Ellen Waltemire and Virgie Small were appointed to their first, three-year terms on the Commission on Women.

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— Heather Keels

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