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Money found for new Sheriff's Department facility

August 07, 2000

Money found for new Sheriff's Department facility



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Washington County has found a way to come up with an extra $615,000 to pay for additions and renovations to the Sheriff's Department patrol facility, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Monday.

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Last month, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer told the County Commissioners that estimates of the project's cost had increased by more than 60 percent to a total of about $1.5 million.

After hearing a plea for the money from Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades, the commissioners told Budget and Finance Director Debra Bastian to see if she could find more money for the project.

At today's meeting Shoop is to outline how the project could be funded.

It would involve:

- Reducing the county's support for Hagerstown Community College in fiscal 2003 from $750,000 to $500,000. The county is now in fiscal 2001. The previously agreed funding level is $500,000 a year, so the change should not cause problems, Shoop said.

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- Using $250,000 from a surplus for a storm water management project near the Hagerstown Regional Airport. The bid came in much lower than anticipated, Shoop said.

- Using $115,000 in Sheriff's Department revenue. That would include money the county gets back from the federal government when federal prisoners are housed temporarily at a county facility.

The commissioners are scheduled to discuss the proposal at 9 a.m. today at their meeting in the County Administration Building.

Mades says the expansion is needed to handle increases in staff and equipment and the number of calls for service and arrests.

The proposal would add 6,899 square feet to the 6,250-square-foot facility. If approved, construction could start in spring 2001, Rohrer said.

The changes should meet the Sheriff's Department's needs for the next five to 10 years, he said. The renovation would allow for additional expansion later.

The project cost previously was estimated at $900,000.

The revised estimated cost of $1.5 million includes $1.31 million for construction and renovation, $120,000 for equipment and furniture and $80,000 for engineering, Rohrer said.

As part of the proposed expansion, the Washington County Sheriff's Department's 1,640-square-foot administrative offices would move to the patrol facility from the Washington County Detention Center, freeing up space at the Detention Center for records.

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