County Commissioners

July 08, 1998

N.J. firm to upgrade plant

The Washington County Commissioners awarded a $120,000 bid Tuesday to a New Jersey company for improvements to the Sharpsburg Water Filtration Plant.

Sole bidder for the project was W.H. Streit Inc. of Laurel Springs, N.J.

The bid award was contingent on approval of the contractor's registration as a non-Maryland corporation to do business in the state.

The project, to relocate the water intake system at the plant, is expected to solve clogging problems that plague the plant during heavy rains.


Work on the project is scheduled to begin in August, according to Greg Murray, director of the county water and sewer department. Water service won't be interrupted during the work, he said.

The completed project, budgeted for $400,000, includes the projected award of a separate contract for the rewiring of the electrical system between the plant and the intake system.

The Sharpsburg plant draws water from the Potomac River south of Sharpsburg.

Counties team up for display

Washington County again will join with Garrett and Allegany counties to prepare a display for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference in August.

The theme for the display is Western Maryland's Mardi Gras of Festivals, said Paulette Sprinkle of Tourism Services, a contractual consultant for the project.

A gift basket worth around $900 will be among the giveaways used to attract visitors to the display, Sprinkle said.

This year's conference is Aug. 5-8 at the Ocean City Convention Center.

- Matt Bieniek

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