Washington County discusses public safety, education during State of the County


Washington County commissioners, nonprofit organizers and other officials made education, economic development and public safety a hot topic during the 2019 State of the County.

County Commissioner Wayne Keefer mentioned the desire to add an additional technical high school in Washington County.

“The programs the education that students can learn out of tech high school make them work ready once they graduate high school and those are the careers we’ll likely need in our community well into the future so we need to make sure those programs are available for all of our high school students who have a desire to pursue that education,” Keefer said.

Public safety funding is something County Commissioner Jeff Kline would like to improve on during this year.

“Public safety is an economic development tool,” Jeff Kline said.

Director of Washington County’s Division of Emergency Services, R. David Hays, said there’s work needed to be done to ensure that volunteers are available during emergencies.

“Well I think it’s important that the commissioners understand and that we have a strong volunteer contingent that’s out here and that has carried the county for many many years and they’ve done most stuff alone,” Hays said.

In addition to a year in review presentation of 2018, there was mention of updates regarding the making connections projects happening throughout Washington County including Crayton Boulevard Extended.

The presentation happened Feb. 5 at the Fountainhead Country Club with the opportunity for attendees to submit questions to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners throughout the event.

There was mention of the prospective public training center that is expected to begin construction in 2019.

Another huge topic the commissioners mentioned included economic development and more opportunities for Washington County residents to attend BOCC meetings.

During the address, the commissioners noted that they want to add an additional evening meeting once a month to give the ability to more people to sit in and learn about what is going on in the community.

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