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Washington County Commission briefs

February 15, 2012

County might give $10,000 to Korean War memorial

The county will contribute $10,000 toward a Korean War memorial as soon as a local veterans group finishes raising the other $60,000 needed, the Washington County Board of Commissioners said Tuesday.

The commissioners made the offer after members of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association asked the county for a $5,000 contribution.

The group needs $70,000 and has raised about $22,000 so far, including some in-kind contributions, members said.

The monument, to be built in a triangle of land on Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown’s North End, will be engraved with the names of the 31 U.S. service members from Washington County who died in the Korean War.

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The five county commissioners voted unanimously to support the $10,000 contribution, which will come from the county’s hotel-motel tax fund.

Commissioner William B. McKinley made the suggestion to double the group’s request and provide the funds when the group raises the rest of the money needed.

“I like your thoughtfulness in incentivizing the rest of the community to dig deep,” Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham told McKinley.

County to spend $31,127 for 911 center software upgrade

Washington County plans to spend $31,127 to upgrade software at its 911 center to make it easier to manage and share incident data such as 911 call recordings, police camera footage and photos sent by on-scene witnesses.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to buy the incident information-management system, called NICE Inform.

The purchase will be considered a change order to the county’s recent Radio Communications System Upgrade project and will use money available in the budget for that project.

Pete Loewenheim, county deputy director of information systems, said the new system would be especially useful for providing recordings and transcripts requested by prosecutors.

With the new system, the state’s attorney will be able to access those files from his desk. All items related to a particular case will be combined and condensed, Loewenheim said.

The system price was quoted at $101,051 in August 2010, but Loewenheim was able to negotiate for the company to provide it to the county at cost, he said.
 

— Heather Keels

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