Washington County briefs

August 08, 2000

Washington County briefs

Loans approved from county fund

The Washington County Commissioners approved two requests Tuesday for loans from the Fire and Rescue Association Revolving Loan Fund.

The Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Service received a $14,300 loan so the company can buy three electrocardiogram monitors.

They also approved a $33,250 loan to the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway so it can buy three defibrillators and 12 lead life packs. Due to loan guideline restrictions, the company would only be eligible for 50 percent of that amount. The county decided to waive the requirement and loan the full amount on the condition that Halfway would pay half by the end of calendar year when it has more money.

County reviews administrator's authority

The County Commissioners were asked Tuesday to give more authority to the real property administrator, Dean Lowery.

He wanted to be able to enter into option agreements of less than $25,000 without asking the commissioners' approval.


Now Lowery has to bring each possible option agreement before the commissioners even if it's for just a few hundred dollars. The change would speed up the process, he said.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook offered a compromise, which was accepted, to delegate authority to Lowery but at agreements of less than $10,000, not $25,000.

The commissioners can increase that amount in one year, Snook said.

The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner William J. Wivell opposed. The county should not be delegating decisions on such important matters even if the dollar amount is low, Wivell said.

Woman appointed marketing specialist

Cassandra H. Latimer of Hagerstown has been appointed to serve as the marketing specialist for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

Latimer is a graduate of Emory & Henry College, in Emory, Va., with a bachelor of arts in mass communications.

She previously worked at Grove Worldwide as communications coordinator and for the Washington County Hospital System as public relations supervisor.

She will begin working for the county on Monday, Aug. 21.

"Cassandra Latimer will be a wonderful addition to our professional staff, adding depth and strength to our team," EDC Executive Director John C. Howard said in a news release.

Latimer fills the position vacated by Tom Riford, who resigned to accept a position as chief operations officer with in Hagerstown.

"The EDC is fortunate to have someone of Cassandra Latimer's skills and background to join the organization," said EDC Chairman Thomas Newcomer.

- Scott Butki

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