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Capital projects

January 27, 1998

Capital projects

Projects proposed for funding in the Washington County capital budget for fiscal 1999 include:

* $2.8 million for the Washington County Board of Education, including $1.65 million for South Hagerstown High School renovations and $300,000 for Clear Spring Elementary School.

* $1.3 million for Washington County Regional Airport, mostly to rehabilitate and extend taxiways. Most of the funding would come from federal grants.

* $3 million for water and sewer projects, including $1.16 million set aside for biological nutrient removal improvements at two of the county's sewer plants. The improvements are expected to cost a total of $12 million, about half of which would come from state grants.

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Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said the county is working on ways to reduce the costs of the program so the county isn't stuck having to build a "white elephant."

Other water and sewer projects include $480,000 to upgrade pump stations, $539,400 to install a controversial sewer system at Holiday Acres housing developments west of Smithsburg along Md. 64.

* $1.2 million to repave county roads.

* $1 million for landfill construction. A $4.5 million bridge and access road to the Lund Landfill was pushed back a year.

* $666,665 for projects at Hagerstown Junior College.

* $406,000 in parks projects, including $200,000 in projects at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

* $605,000 for stormwater management.

* $494,000 for bridges.

* $170,000 for four new 18-seat buses to replace County Commuter full-sized buses. Ninety percent of the cost of the new buses would come from state and federal grants.

Commissioner James R. Wade said it's about time the county ditched some of its "behemoth" buses, which often run nearly empty.

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