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Some Washington County employees to move to Annex Building

January 22, 2002

Some Washington County employees to move to Annex Building



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

About 60 employees of Washington County's Engineering, Planning and Permits and Inspection departments will begin working out of the county Administrative Annex Building next Monday, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said.

Equipment and files for the departments will be moved this week from the County Administration Building to the 80 W. Baltimore St. location. The building formerly was home to Community Supermarket and more recently housed Farmers & Merchants Bank near downtown Hagerstown.

Beginning Monday, those needing the services of the affected departments will go to the new location, Rohrer said

Free parking will be available but restricted to people conducting business with those agencies.

Starting Monday, the three departments that are moving will have new phone numbers, as follows:

- Engineering Department: 240-313-2400.

- Permits & Inspections Department: 240-313-2460.

- Planning Department: 240-313-2430.

The departments are moving from the third floor of the administration building. The move is being made because of space limitations at that location.

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The county's Budget and Finance, Purchasing and Information Technology departments will move to the third floor of the administration building, Rohrer said. Other departments and offices will be moved, he said.

The Board of County Commissioners voted in March 2000 to pay about $1.125 million for the 12,500-square-foot building on Baltimore Street to be used as an annex. As part of the purchase, the county gained 107 parking spaces.

The commissioners in October awarded a $104,970 contract for work stations for the Annex Building and the Washington County Election Board.

The money paid for new desks, countertops, pedestals and filing cabinets. The county installed 30 work stations at the annex and six at the Election Board office. Not all county employees need work stations, Rohrer said.

In December 2000, Rohrer and County Administrator Rodney Shoop said there was not enough room in the building for all three departments.

But the commissioners in early January rejected a suggestion that only two of the three departments be moved there.

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