A task force formed by the Montgomery County Council to study compensating victims of crime has recommended establishing county programs to aid low-income crime victims and those who are the victims of religious and racial hate acts.
The 12-member task force, established last year, was asked to study the issue and recommend a county-run program that would aid groups not already covered by existing state or local efforts.
The program for low-income crime victims would provide referrals for medical service, assistance with other government agencies and compensation for such things as court costs, medical treatment and the repair or replacement of certain property, according to a task force report.
The group also recommended establishing a "Hate-Violence Fund Board" to adminster a fund that would provide up to $1,000 in compensation or restitution to victims of such acts. The program would cost $50,000, half of which would be made up from private donations, according to the report.
The programs would require County Council legislation to implement.
County Executive Charles W. Gilchrist has proposed creating a new Department of Automation and Telecommunications that would oversee the county's expanding use of computers for everything from data processing to the county's compex telephone system.
The county has invested more than $33 million in computer equipment and programming and spends $14.4 million a year to support and maintain it, according to county goverment task force that studied the issue.
While services are being delivered efficiently, the task force's report notes that there is confusion among county departments over who is responsible for the various systems. The difficulty is likely to be compounded as the county's use of more complex computer systems grows, it stated.
To resolve the problem, the task force recommended that at a minimum, such functions as the planning, management, programming, acquisition and support of computer systems be consolidated into one department, beginning next year. The County Council would have to authorize the move.
A major West German telecommunications company seeking to crack the U.S. market has agreed to open its first U.S. facility at the Avenel Business park in Gaithersburg, county officials said.
The company, ANT Nachrichtentechnik GmbH , is one of Germany's largest telecommunications firms with 6,600 employes. It produces digital microwave equipment and fiber-optic and space communications systems.
The company reported $400 million in sales last year.