Dorchester County Council hears from MACo

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CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Council met in regular session on July 21. First on the docket was a visit from the Maryland Association of Counties, also known as MACo. Michael Sanderson, executive director of MACo, and Isiah Leggett, president of the Board and county executive from Montgomery County, addressed the council and informed the audience on all the good work MACo has been doing, fighting for county autonomy in Annapolis. Issues that rang a strong note in the Dorchester County Council were harbor dredging, water quality and highway funds. The MACo representatives assured Council that they were fighting for Dorchester, and urged them to participate in the MACo Summer Conference happening in Ocean City in mid-August.
Senator Addie Eckardt was in the audience, and spoke briefly supporting MACo’s efforts for the county.
In other business, a series of FY15 budget transfer requests were approved. These are requests to shift funds earmarked for one budget item for another, and do not entail additional budget funds to be spent by the county. A travel request submitted by the Tourism department was also approved.
Also for Tourism, a FY15 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority marketing grant project completion date extension request was granted.
Also from the Grant Monitor, FY16 Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention grant awards were accepted for the Sheriff’s Office. These grants allocate funds for three items:
• Protective Order-Entry
• Gun Violence Reduction
• School Bus Safety Enforcement
Emergency services requested to amend a resolution for 911 Advisory Board, which was also granted. A discussion of using reverse-911 warning services in the current times of cell phone use versus copper wire telephones ensued, with Emergency Services assuring that they were waiting for an answer for that problem, as are all emergency services organizations.
A capital purchase expenditure for a new custom filter for the county pool was requested by Recreation and Parks. The new filter would be acquired as an emergency backup, and was available for a very low price. The acquisition of the new filter would assure functionality of the pool filter for the next few years at least, and likely until the entire filter system needed to be replaced. Request granted.
Public Works submitted a request to expend capital funds to purchase a 4WD vehicle for the landfill. This was coming from budget money already allocated, Public Works only needed approval to complete the purchase. Approved.
A Ready At Five Funding Award was noted for the Early Childhood Advisory Council, voted and approved, as was a FY16 Core Public Health Services funding agreement, on behalf of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
County representation for the Housing Task Force was requested, and Councilmen Nichols and Satterfield, as well as Acting County Manager Jeremy Goldman and Grant Monitor Cindy Smith were appointed.
A board appointment was submitted and approved for the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board, and a FY16 Clean Chesapeake Coalition pre-budgeted participation contribution was approved.
In regards to county property, a counter offer to purchase tax sale property at 5124 River Road was accepted, and a  lease amendment confirmation for Shore Up at 824 Fairmount Ave. in Cambridge was approved.
Three more items were added to the agenda. A request to advertise a conservation officer position was submitted and approved, a request to extend the lease for T-Mobile at the cell phone tower was also approved, and the Economic Development Department’s Water Moves US branding was accepted for all of the county’s communications materials.
So ended a quiet night at County Office 110, and the next meeting will be on Aug. 4.

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