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Housing Authority moving offices

October 14, 2000

Housing Authority moving offices



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The Washington County Housing Authority will take another step toward independence from county government when it moves out of a county-owned building next month, Authority Executive Director Richard Willson said Friday.

The Authority will move out of the county's District Court building Nov. 8 into offices one block away at Potomac Plaza, 44 N. Potomac St., Suite 201, Willson said. That building, which also houses the Washington County Playhouse, is between Hagerstown City Hall and the Golden Crown Chinese restaurant.

The phone numbers will remain the same.

The new location is temporary since the Authority plans to move by late 2003 into the renovated former Cannon Shoe Factory building on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown, Willson said.

The Cannon renovations will be done by the Christ's Reformed Church in about two years, he said. The Washington County Community Action Council, REACH Inc. and the Housing Authority will each become long-term tenants there.

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The move out of a county building and off the county phone system is an important step in the Authority's efforts to become less dependent on the county government, he said.

On July 1, 1998, the Authority began paying its bills through its own purchasing system, Willson said. On Jan. 1, 1999, the Authority took over its payroll from county government.

Earlier this year it bought its own liability insurance policy. By the end of the year it will begin taking over fleet insurance and paying its own postage costs, Willson said.

The Authority runs three senior housing facilities in addition to other homes spread across the county.

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