[Adopted 1-15-2008 by P08-03]
This Policy establishes procedures for the evaluation and implementation of partnering opportunities with the County in order to assess public benefit, achieve favorable terms, and determine citizen access to any proposed cooperative endeavor.
Whenever an individual, business, corporation, non-profit organization, State agency, or similar organization desires to enter into a partnership or cooperative agreement with the County, the request shall be reviewed by a special committee composed of the Chairman of the Administration Committee, County Administrator, Finance Director, Public Works Director, and Community Services Director, hereafter known as the "Partnership/Cooperation Committee," to review the proposal and make a recommendation to the Levy Court.
At a minimum, the Partnership/Cooperation Committee shall evaluate each request to determine the potential short-term and long-term benefits of the proposal to the citizens of Kent County, including possible budgetary impact(s). In addition, the Committee shall assess the level of access which will be afforded to County citizens by participating in the proposal, including but not limited to any potential fees or direct cost to citizens.
If the Partnership/Cooperation Committee preliminarily determines that such request will be beneficial to the community and the citizens of Kent County, it shall explore potential agreement with favorable terms and develop a draft partnership or cooperative agreement.
The Partnership/Cooperation Committee shall submit a Report of Findings including a recommendation and a draft agreement to Levy Court for consideration no later than 90 days after receipt, unless a longer period is mutually agreed by both parties.
The Partnership/Cooperation Committee shall develop appropriate forms and guidelines for the efficient administration of this Policy.
The Personnel Office shall provide administrative support and risk management assessments to the Committee.
This Policy shall become effective immediately upon adoption by Levy Court.