County studies finished in 1997 or under way

February 24, 1998

Washington County has contracted with outside consultants for up to $685,000 in studies finished in 1997 or still under way. Costs of the studies, listed below, don't include individual engineering projects designed by consultants.

Fiscal analysis study*


Tischler and Associates, Bethesda, Md.

Paid for in part by a $40,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Purpose: Determine costs of development in different areas of the county, make recommendations on impact fees and special taxing districts.

Emergency services study*


Carroll Buracker and Associates Inc., Harrisonburg, Va.

Purpose: Develop a long-range plan for fire and rescue services.


Water and sewer financial analysis*

Not to exceed $25,000.

Government Finance Group, Arlington, Va.

Purpose: Develop strategies for dealing with the departments' $53 million water, sewer and pretreatment plant debt. GFG specializes in water and sewer issues.

Biological Nutrient Removal study*

Not to exceed $200,000.

George, Miles and Buhr, Hunt Valley, Md.

Paid for in part by a $100,000 state grant.

Purpose: Determine the most cost-effective way to upgrade the county's sewage treatment plants to meet stricter state requirements on nutrient pollution.

Study has found that closing the Nicodemus Wastewater Treatment Plant and diverting its flow to the Conococheague will save the county and the state $7 million.

Hopewell Valley study, 1997


KCI Technologies, Hunt Valley, Md.

Paid for in part by a $100,000 grant from the federal Economic Development Administration.

Purpose: Developed road alignments for the four-lane extension of Halfway Boulevard west to Md. 63 and Newgate Boulevard; includes development projections and costs pegged at $20 million. Included a historical and environmental analysis.

County compensation and classification study, 1997


Hendricks & Associates, Washington, D.C.

Purpose: Developed new salary system for county workers, with raises based in part on merit.

* Under way.

- Steven T. Dennis

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