Craig asked if the study would include Prospect Mill Road. The study would just look at state roads, Rawls responded.

"After we're done the study," Warren Hamilton, board member, asked, "what are we going to do with this information?"

Rawls explained that the county is coming up with short-term and long-term plans, including possible intersection improvements.

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Josh Schueler, formerly of The Aegis and The Baltimore Sun IT departments, will be an independent contractor for the county, responsible for managing the implementation of the new recording management system (RMS) in all of the county's volunteer fire companies.

The contract of $70,000 will be for one year, July 1 through June 30, 2013.

"Josh Schueler is unique in that he's the only person in the tri-state area who is certified with the RMS software," said Ted Pibil, information and communication technology director.

Pibil added that Schueler will also train all fire company employees in the system, as well as a few county employees. Schueler is a member of the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company.

The hope with the system is to fix an issue of record keeping within the fire companies and ensure information is given to the county on a consistent basis.

The board originally approved the contract for RMS in March for $155,370, and a change order was approved in April for a total contract of $289,550 to Alpine Software Corporation, of Pittsford, N.Y.

"There's nobody else who can provide this service?" asked board member Jay Van Deusen.

Pibil explained that the ICT department could put engineers on the project, but they are not familiar with the software or the fire companies.

"There's a level of trust with Mr. Schueler," Henderson added, especially since he was able to bring all of the companies on board with the same system.

"It's unique in that it's never been done before with cooperation between the fire houses and county," Pibil said.

Craig noted that the money would come out of the ICT department's budget.

Nancy Giorno, the county executive's legislative liaison, had her contract extended for another year for $65,000.

Henderson noted that Giorno, who retired as the deputy county attorney, has had a contract with the county for the last three years and "has many years of experience doing this."

The amount is the same she agreed upon for her original contract. When she was a fulltime county employee in the law department, Giorno's salary was $122,429 annually.

Giorno works with members of the Harford County Council on the county's legislative agenda, but she is an employee of the executive branch.

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