CHIPLEY - Washington County Commissioners are proposing a change to the Sunny Hills Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) ordinance that will help ensure the will of district residents is represented.

Commissioners tasked County Attorney Jeff Goodman with drafting an amended ordinance that states members of the MSBU Committee must be residents and owners of real property within the district.

Final approval of the amendment is pending a public hearing, which will be scheduled within the next few weeks.

Commissioners are also looking to hire a full time Senior Planner. The measure was discussed when commissioners met in regular session Wednesday when the board voted to begin advertising for the position.

Currently, the county has a contract with West Florida Regional Planning Commission (WFRPC) that allows current planner David Wood to work three days a week, but commissioners say full time growth requires a full time planner.

“With the growth that is coming to Washington County, I believe it is time for us to have full time people in these positions,” said Commissioner Todd Abbott.

Abbott also suggested moving the county's E-911 offices to the county annex in an effort to provide a "one stop shop" for residents who have county business. The motion was approved pending agreement from Sheriff Kevin Crews.

County Engineer Cliff Knauer notified the board of "substantial completion" of the low water crossing project on Deltona Boulevard.

In other business:

A bid on rock for county FEMA projects was awarded to lowest bidder Graham County Land for $3,523,230.47.

A $3,000,000 revolving line of credit at Regions Bank was approved to help pay for FEMA road projects. The loan will be repaid with FEMA funds as they are disbursed to the county.

Commissioners signed a resolution to move ahead with the Kent Road resurfacing project. The resolution states the county will pay for the work and will be reimbursed by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) under the Small Community Outreach Program (SCOP).

Jody Bush of Relay For Life came before the board requesting Chairman Charles Kent sign a proclamation declaring April 29 through May 5 “Paint the County Purple Week" in honor of those who have battled cancer. On April 29, empty shoes will be placed on the courthouse steps in remembrance of those who have lost their battle. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in workshop at 9 a.m. on May 17.