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Plan to determine fate of pre-treatment plant

January 16, 2002

Plan to determine fate of pre-treatment plant



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to develop a strategic business plan to help determine whether the county should try to sell the Conococheague Industrial Pre-Treatment Plant, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

Development of the plan was one of the county's goals for 2002 adopted Tuesday.

The study also would determine the value of the facility, said Water and Sewer Director Greg Murray.

If the plant were sold, the buyer might inherit its debt, depending on the structure of the sale, Murray said. The plant's debt this fiscal year is about $9 million, he said.

The $9 million plant in the Interstate 70/81 Industrial Park near Williamsport off Md. 63 was built by the now-defunct Washington County Sanitary District in 1994. It treats and dilutes industrial wastes before they enter the sewage treatment plant.

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Since it opened, the plant has received more than $3 million in general fund subsidies. The subsidies are grants that are not expected to be repaid.

The other goals adopted Tuesday call for:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Adoption of the revised Comprehensive Plan by the commissioners. The plan lays the groundwork for the county over the next 20 years. The Washington County Planning Commission will present a recommendation on the draft plan to the county commission by March, said Planning Director Robert Arch. The commissioners must hold a public hearing before voting on a plan.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Updating of the county Employment Classification and Compensation Plan. The plan is used to determine, based on each employee's responsibilities, whether the present salary is appropriate, Shoop said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Initiation and evaluation of the revision of the county Emergency Operations Plan. The plan includes evacuation, flooding and how to respond to state and federal requests for assistance and support.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Evaluation of county services to upgrade the county Strategic Operations Plan. The plan, written in 1996, lists all county responsibilities as well as citizens' expectations of the county, Shoop said. The plan also identifies and clarifies the county's future direction and helps it prepare for future possible problems, he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Development of a plan to upgrade the county Emergency Radio Communications System. The system would tie in the police agencies and fire and emergency organizations in the county. The commissioners have not budgeted any money for the system.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Development of joint policies with the City of Hagerstown to increase the urban tax base. This would include agreeing on an annexation policy, Shoop said.

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