The Board of County Commissioners met with Maryland Association of Counties President Kevin Kamenetz this week to discuss goals and areas of importance in Carroll, from longer drug treatment programs to continued communication with the state delegation.
Tuesday's meeting was an opportunity for commissioners and MACo to go over what happened in the last legislative session and concerns from Carroll moving forward, Kamentz, who is also Baltimore County's county executive, said.
"MACo serves to defend the counties in Annapolis," he said.
The organization is a "non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland's counties by articulating the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly," according to its website. "The Association's membership consists of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City."
Commissioners President Richard Weaver, R-District 2, said Carroll is aware of what MACo does, and "it doesn't go unnoticed."
Kamenetz, a Democrat, agreed, and said that it's important for everyone to understand their boundaries, and that the county works on issues at the county level and the state doesn't overstep the line into making county decisions.
"We need to try and do a better job of letting the delegation and senate appreciate that distinction," he said.
Commissioner Dennis Frazier, R-District 3, brought up the need for more long-term drug treatment options. This is something that MACo, and all counties, need to get behind, he said.