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Fire and Rescue gets $120,000 loan

August 10, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Tuesday received a $120,000 loan from the Washington County Commissioners to buy property for offices at 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

The money for the 10-year loan, at 5 percent interest, will come from the county's cash reserves, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

At its July 27 meeting the County Commissioners considered giving the Fire and Rescue Association $100,000 from the Fire and Rescue Revolving Loan Fund to buy the property. The fund is used to give loans to companies that are part of the association.

A vote was delayed while the property was examined by Dean Lowery, the county's real property administrator.

County Attorney Richard Douglas, in an Aug. 6 memorandum to the commissioners, said it was his legal opinion that the Fire and Rescue Association is not eligible for money from that program because it is not an association company.

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The Fire and Rescue Association will finish moving into the property next week, Association President Jay Grimes said after Tuesday's vote.

The property reverts to county ownership if the association moves elsewhere in the future.

The building has space for five offices, a conference room and a kitchen, Grimes said. The purchase price is $147,500.

The property will house the administrative planner, the emergency medical system coordinator and other employees and provide a place for processing and storing reporting systems, audits and budgets, he said.

The Fire and Rescue Association has been using a house on Landis Road near Funkstown as temporary headquarters for about three years, Grimes said. The house soon will be removed as part of a drainage project, he said.

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