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Commission briefs

June 19, 2002

Memorandum approval frees up grant money


The Washington County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency Tuesday, freeing up $77,459 in grant money.

The grant allows the county to buy equipment related to state domestic preparedness.

A committee, including law enforcement, the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, county agencies and the Department of Emergency Services identified chemical decontamination and personal protective clothing as the highest equipment priorities.




Contract awarded


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a contract for office supplies to Boise Cascade Office Products of Elkridge, Md.

The contract is for $51,129.




Gaithersburg, Md., firm wins janitorial contract


Marko Services Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., received a one-year contract to provide janitorial services at Washington County office buildings.

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The Washington County Commissioners approved the contract, worth $186,338 at Tuesday's meeting.

Commissioner Vice President Paul Swartz and Commissioner William Wivell voted against the motion.

Wivell said he thought the contract should be put out for bid again with different requirements that might bring down costs for the county.

He said that the county has had problems with other contractors in the past.

"It seems to be that we pay for folks to sit outside and smoke cigarettes by the Dumpster," Wivell said. "I've seen that a couple of times. As a taxpayer, that kind of ticks me off."

Marko Services will clean the county administration building, county courthouse and annex, county extension services office building and the county office building.




Commissioners hear defibrillator report


The Washington County Commissioners heard a report on the county's Automated External Defibrillators Program at Tuesday's meeting.

Safety and Risk Management Administrator Brian Overcash and Kimberly Buchanan of the American Red Cross gave the presentation.

The county has purchased AEDs for use in some county buildings, and one was recently purchased for use in the county administration building.

Overcash said that employees in the administration building, the county office building, the administrative annex, Hagerstown Regional Airport and the courthouse have been trained to use the AEDs.

Commissioner Bert Iseminger said school employees should be trained also.




Paving contract OK'd


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a paving overlay contract to C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown for $1.1 million.

The work is part of the county's ongoing road maintenance effort.

Commissioner John Schnebly abstained from the vote for business reasons, according to a county statement.




Appointments approved


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved new Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families board officers.

The new chairwoman is Jenny Belliotti, vice-chairman is James Blanks, secretary is Millie Lowman and treasurer is Julian Sidlowski.




Two homes OK'd for Historic Register


The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to place two homes on the National Register for Historic Places.

The homes are Garden Hill at 1251 Frederick St. in Hagerstown and the Jacob Highbarger House on Main Street in Sharpsburg.

The Garden Hill approval was contingent upon a determination of the route of the planned Southern Boulevard bypass near Funkstown and whether the road would have an impact on the property.

The property is 300 feet from the planned road.

Garden Hill is a 19th century Greek revival home built in 1865 by Robert Cushen. The Highbarger House was built in 1932 and is described as an intact example of a regional vernacular dwelling and workshop of a local artisan, with Greek revival stylistic influences, according to a county statement.

County approval is forwarded to the Governor's Consulting Committee for state approval and then moves on to the National Park Service for approval.




Forest Conservation sites approved


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved three sites as Forest Conservation planting and retention sites.

Two of the sites, owned by Neil Wright and Charles Jackson, are in the Beaver Creek area. They would result in 4.3 acres of new plantings and contain 7.6 acres of existing forest, according to a county statement.

A property owned by Michael Sweeney is on Fairview Road and contains 8 acres of existing forest.

The properties provide stream buffers and contain priority areas targeted for the creation or protection of forest lands.




Moats gets award


Washington County Commissioner President Gregory I. Snook on Tuesday presented an award of merit and a plaque from Hagerstown Community College to Janet Moats of the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The county and HCC have been providing the awards to county employees who complete development courses in government management and support.

The series, called "Going for the Gold," is designed to improve employee skills, knowledge and abilities. Awards were presented to 17 employees last week, and Moats was inadvertently left out of the presentation.




Commissioners hear disaster drill report


The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday heard a report on the tri-annual Airport Disaster Drill held at Hagerstown Regional Airport on April 20.

Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that airports conduct the drills every three years.

Approximately 45 county, state and federal public safety organizations and agencies participated in the drill, which revolved around scenarios of an air crash, use of weapons of mass destruction and a terrorist shootout with police.

-- Tara Reilly

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