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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

July 17, 2013

State gives county nearly $707,000 for children’s programs

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously accepted an award of $706,675 for eight programs funded by the Governor’s Office for Children.

The programs, and their chosen vendors, with allocations over $100,000 included:

  • Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Diversion Initiative (Pressley Ridge), $174,625
  • Regional Family Navigation Program (MD Coalition for Families), $134,474
  • Rural Out of School Time Initiative (Boys & Girls Club), $122,500

Others recipients included Post Secondary Education and Training Coordination (Hagerstown Community College), $60,545; Positive Youth Development Initiative Coordination (Teens Have Choices), $44,650; Tomorrow’s Leaders (Boys & Girls Club), $44,181; and Family Centered Support Services (Child Care at the county Department of Social Services Family Center), $35,700.

The funding also includes $25,000 for a new program called School Based Mental Health Services to supplement the services of School Based Health Center.

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The final $65,000 is allocated for administrative costs in the county Office of Community Grant Management.

The programs require no county funding, according to Melissa Nearchos, a senior grant manager for the community grant office.

Transfer of eye center agreement approved

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the transfer of a financial incentive agreement with a Hagerstown eye center.

Bergman Eye Center LLC, which recently sold its assets to Maryland Vision Institute LLC, requested consent to assign the remaining term of its $10,500 agreement to assist with construction of a new facility on Eastern Boulevard, according to a memorandum to the five commissioners.

“The sale is unfortunately because of a death in ownership, which is very sad,” Commissioner John F. Barr said.

As part of the agreement approved in February 2011, Bergman had to create at least seven new full-time jobs on or before Dec. 31, 2012, with each job remaining filled through 2014. Bergman exceeded that figure, totaling 17 new positions in 2012, the memo said.

Maryland Vision Institute intends to continue operations at its current staffing level, with a total of 62 employees as of April 4 when it acquired the company.

Barr said the motion was simply to transfer the agreement from one entity to the next, which was approved 5-0.

— C.J. Lovelace

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