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County worker receives award

August 10, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Roger Hill, a maintenance welder for the Washington County Roads Department, received the Innovative, Dedicated Employee Award Tuesday for designing improvements for heavy county equipment and implementing them.

Hill, 44, of Hagerstown, has worked for the county for nine years. He has never received this type of recognition before, he said.

His supervisor, Highway Director Ted Wolford, had told him to attend the Washington County Commissioners meeting but did not give him the real reason why his presence would be a good idea, Hill said.

"I was very surprised," he said.

Hill made three attachments for industrial fork-lifts, saving the county money in personnel time and increased efficiency, county spokesman Norman Bassett said.

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One attachment loads and unloads salt spreaders on dump trucks.

Fork extensions make it easier to handle drainage pipes.

A third attachment was designed to help jockey trailers and equipment in and out of maintenance service areas.

The changes saved the county about $11,000 this year and will save about $4,500 annually in future years, Bassett said.

County Administrator Rodney Shoop presented the award to Hill.

Hill was nominated by Public Works Director Gary Rohrer.

The award is given out quarterly. Hill is the winner for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1999. Fiscal year 2000 began July 1.

"We want to make sure employees get pats on their backs," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

As an IDEA winner, Hill receives a paid personal day off and a $500 check.

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