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February 27, 2002

Health-care contract renewed for prisoners

The Washington County Board of Commissioners renewed a contract Tuesday to provide comprehensive health-care services for prisoners at the Washington County Detention Center.

The contract is with PrimeCare Medical Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa. The contract is for $808,928.

Civil War Heritage contract awarded

The Washington County Board of Commissioners awarded a contract Tuesday for the management plan for the Civil War Heritage Area for Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties.

The contract was awarded to Mary Means & Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va., for $150,000 contingent on approval by Carroll and Frederick counties.

The purpose of a management plan is to design a vision for Civil War resources within the Heritage Area. Washington County and its partnering counties will identify significant Civil War sites within the region, build support for site preservation, and develop land preservation and site interpretation strategies.


Battlefields within the Heritage Area include Antietam, South Mountain, Monocacy and Boonsboro.

The plan will be funded with $75,000 from the American Battlefield Protection Program, $15,000 from the National Park Service, up to $5,000 from each of the three counties and up to $100 from each participating town.

The state of Maryland Civil War Heritage Program will pay 50 percent of the cost.

Resolution supports Garden State loan

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday endorsing a $250,000 state loan to Garden State Tanning to reimburse the company for moving its corporate headquarters from King of Prussia, Pa., to Hagerstown.

The county is providing a loan of $25,000, Assistant County Attorney John Martirano said.

The total of $275,000 is intended to pay for relocation costs, equipment acquisition, furniture and other expenses, Martirano said.

The county and state loans will become grants, which do not have to be paid back, if certain conditions are met, Martirano said. The conditions call for the company to retain at least 25 permanent jobs at the headquarters and for the company headquarters to remain in Washington County until at least 2006, he said.

The 15,000-square-foot headquarters is in the OSI Building on Crayton Boulevard off Maugans Avenue north of Hagerstown.

McKinley named Citizen of the Month

William McKinley, the Washington County Board of Education's executive director of support services, was honored by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday as its Citizen of the Month.

McKinley, who is retiring effective July 1, was nominated as Citizen of the Month by Commissioner Paul L. Swartz.

McKinley, second in command to Interim Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, has worked for the School Board for 36 years.

Swartz said McKinley is the only living Washington County resident who was principal of the high school he previously attended. McKinley was principal of Williamsport High School from 1987 to 1992.

McKinley thanked the board for the honor and said he loves Washington County.

"Washington County is the place for me," he said.

Gaming Commission appointments made

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday appointed Mary Ellen Waltemire and William McKinley to fill two vacancies on the Washington County Gaming Commission.

- Scott Butki

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