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County will review addition plan

October 06, 2000

County will review addition plan



By ANDREW SCHOTZ And DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


A planned $325,000 addition to a Washington County government building needs to be reviewed in light of some County Commissioners' comments that they never discussed the plan, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Friday.

Snook said he remembers discussing the addition during a commissioners meeting in May or June.

"I saw it in the budget and asked what it was for," Snook said.

But commissioners William J. Wivell, Paul L. Swartz and John L. Schnebly said they were not told of a plan to spend $325,000 to add a meeting room to the building at 80 W. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown.

The commissioners voted 4-1 on March 14 to buy the Farmers & Merchants Bank building for $1.125 million. Wivell voted against the purchase. The minutes of that meeting do not include any reference to an addition.

Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger said the commissioners have spoken informally about extra space at the building, with no mention of a specific size or cost.

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"We as a group of commissioners have not taken any formal action on any money for any addition," Iseminger said Friday.

Iseminger also questioned whether the addition is necessary.

"At this point, I'm hard-pressed to understand why we need this," he said.

Schnebly and Wivell oppose the addition.

Snook said he has taken no position on the project.

County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Thursday that the commissioners were told about the plan and the money was in the capital program budget the commissioners approved.

Snook said before any money could be spent on an addition the commissioners would have to approve a construction contract for the work.

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