Washington County briefs

November 28, 2001

Washington County briefs

Property will expand runway protection zone

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday bought two properties near the Hagerstown Regional Airport to increase the airport's runway protection zone.

Nobody spoke at a public hearing Tuesday on the proposal.

The first property, one-half acre, with improvements at 14560 Pennsylvania Ave., cost $112,000.

The second property, about 1 acre with improvements at 14568 Pennsylvania Ave., cost $162,000.

The commissioners approved option agreements for the two properties at a Nov. 13 meeting.

Washington County is paying 5 percent of the cost, or $13,700, and the Federal Aviation Administration is paying the rest.

Commissioners update business expense policy

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday updated the county's business expense policy for the first time in 10 years.

One of the biggest changes was to increase the maximum amount for daily meals from $30 to $50.

Group requests block against Bowman talks

A group that opposes a Bowman Group LLP request to the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday asked the Washington County Board of Commissioners to block deliberation by the Zoning Appeals Board until an issue is resolved.

The commissioners took no action on the matter.

Bowman Group has asked the Zoning Appeals Board for a special exception to establish a maintenance equipment facility with a storage yard and sea container facility at 15935 Spielman Road in Williamsport.

Sea containers are steel boxes used for transportation by land or sea. But there is no definition or description of sea containers in the Washington County Zoning Ordinance.

The Board of Zoning Appeals should not deliberate on the special exception request until a definition is developed and adopted by the county, said Karl Werder and William Peters, both of whom live near the Bowman Group property. Peters also gave the commissioners a letter, signed by about 20 people, with the request.

Peters and Werder noted an Oct. 2 letter from Planning Director Robert Arch to the appeals board. In the letter, Arch asked the board to caution against treating a sea container storage area as being similar to mini-warehouses in the county, as Bowman Sales suggests.

The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to deliberate on the special exception request at its Dec. 12 meeting.

County Commuter grant agreement approved

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a $776,500 grant agreement between the State of Maryland, the Maryland Transit Administration and the county.

The grant pays for the County Commuter program for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The county's share of the grant is $286,500.

Commissioners hire new facilities engineer

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday hired a new facilities engineer to fill a vacancy.

The position will be filled by Michael Folk at a salary of $45,000 a year.

- Scott Butki

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