Commissioners approve change to APFO
No one spoke during a public hearing Tuesday before the five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a small change to the county Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.
The text amendments affect several sections of the ordinance, changing the definition of a “minor subdivision” from five lots or less to seven lots or less, according to Stephen Goodrich, the county’s director of planning and zoning.
Goodrich said the amendments have been recommended by the county’s planning commission and bring the APFO in line with the county subdivision ordinance, which also was altered in December 2012 to reflect the allowance of seven lots or less.
The stipulation allows the planning commission to exempt road requirements for developments that are small enough, as long as they maintain proper density requirements, Goodrich said.
County to get new billing software
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a motion to authorize the purchase of new utility billing software for the Office of Budget and Finance.
The five commissioners unanimously approved spending up to $255,300 to buy software modules from Tyler Technologies of Dallas.
The cost includes $58,750 for 54 days of training and consulting services.
However, Ron Whitt, director of the county Division of Information Services, told the commissioners that all 54 days might not be needed to complete the conversion.
Debra Murray, director of the Office of Budget and Finance, said the department has been operating for years with outdated software, and the purchase would allow the county to integrate utility billing with other countywide billing systems.
— C.J. Lovelace