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County briefs

August 22, 2000

County briefs



Family partnership has Internet site


The Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families has an Internet site that is intended to provide information for local residents, said Director John Budesky.

The address for the site is www.wccp-online.org.

The site lists available grants, contact information, dates of upcoming meetings and events and other information, Budesky told the Washington County Commissioners during a presentation Tuesday.

The target audience for the site includes professionals and families, he said.

Water, sewer plan changes approved


The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday approved two amendments to the Washington County Water and Sewerage Plan.

The changes will allow for public sewer service at 90 acres at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Williamsport and public water service for 55 acres of property on the west side of Md. 63, north of Cearfross Pike, on property owned by applicant Homer Bivens.

The changes were recommended by the Washington County Planning Commission.

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The properties are in areas that were not in current plans to receive water and sewer service from the Washington County Water and Sewer Department, said John Martirano, assistant county attorney.

Changes approved for fire territory


The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday approved two fire and rescue territory agreement changes.

The requests were approved by the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

Both changes result in loss of territory for Community Rescue Service but only one reimburses them for it. The difference is that one won't mean a financial loss to the company, association Administrative Planner Robert Cumberland said.

One agreement is between Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc. and Community Rescue Service. The loss of territory is valued at $44,842.50 over three years so the Community Rescue Service will receive $14,947.50 for three years from the county, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

The main change involved in the Smithsburg agreement is that Smithsburg's coverage area now includes Mount Aetna Road east of Hartle Drive and Chewsville Road east of White Hall Road, Cumberland said.

The result will be quicker service and a better response time, he said.

The other agreement is between the Williamsport Ambulance Squad, Community Rescue Service and the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway. Community Rescue Service will not be compensated for loss of territory resulting from this agreement change.

The new coverage area of Williamsport is north from Huyetts Crossroad on the Greencastle Pike up to, but not including, Resh Road, and east from Huyetts Crossroad on the National Pike up to, but not including, the intersection of U.S. 40 and West Washington St. The area includes Huyetts Lane and Ryeland Lane.

The Halfway coverage area includes the intersection of U.S. 40 and West Washington Street.

Both agreements contain provisions for renegotiating the agreement if certain new roads are built.

Fire department gets OK for rescue squad name


The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday approved a request by the Maugansville Goodwill Fire Department to have its rescue squad officially described as such.

The request was previously approved by the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

The company began using a new $254,000 rescue squad truck in December 1999 but they wanted the County Commissioners' official blessing - which they received Tuesday - to start calling it a rescue squad, association Administrative Planner Robert Cumberland said.

Tuesday's action will not result in any procedural changes or changes in who provides ambulance service to area residents, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

Water and sewer workers recognized


The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday recognized three Washington County Water and Sewer Department operators for their work at the Smithsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Operators Rick Stevens, Fred Hartley and Marc Albowicz were recently recognized by Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. for outstanding performance at the Smithsburg plant.

Aqua-Aerobic Systems manufactured the control system used at the plant and has been impressed with improvements the employees have made on the equipment there, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

- Scott Butki

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