From Harford County government:
Last year, Harford County Executive David R. Craig announced the top priorities for his Administration during the remainder of his term as county executive. As the Craig Administration enters its final year in office, the County Executive has provided an update to the County Council and to the public on where these projects and programs stand.
The final year program of priorities includes: improvements in education, public works, public safety, property acquisition, land use, assistance to community agencies, information technology, and the county workforce.
Related to public safety, the county recently broke ground for a new Emergency Operations Center. This facility will be completed in the fall of 2014, and will house the recently-created Department of Emergency Services. The department and the new facility will ensure that the county continues to provide the highest level of service to the citizens and visitors of Harford County, as well as to provide support to the volunteer fire and emergency medical services system.
Regarding transportation, the county and the state are making progress on the Route 22 intersection improvements at Paradise Road, Beards Hill Road, and Old Post Road. These are on track for completion in 2014.
Some other initiatives that the county has completed include: capital project commencement for public schools and Harford Community College, a feasibility report on the formation of a Water and Sewer Authority with the county’s three municipalities, and changes to the employee pension plan to make the system more stable.
For county government operations, the elimination of the outdated mainframe and the adoption of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is currently underway. Related to this is the implementation of EnerGov software which will assist multiple county agencies with tracking and managing critical government data related to business licensing, land management, permitting processes, and code enforcement issues. Both projects are on pace to be completed in 2014.
“The Administration will continue to work in partnership with the County Council, allied agencies, business leaders, and community organizations to complete these priorities and position Harford County to maintain the quality of life of our citizens,” said County Executive Craig.
“During my time in office, we have worked to improve services and provide the amenities that our citizens expect, while streamlining government operations and remaining fiscally responsible. I am proud of what we have accomplished so far, and our work will continue right up through my last day in office,” County Executive Craig concluded.
To view the County Executive’s full presentation on the final one year program status update, visit the Harford County Government website at www.harfordcountymd.gov