County Commissioners briefs

July 24, 2002

D.C. firm to negotiate county union contracts

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to pay $140 an hour to a Washington D.C., company to negotiate union contracts and provide labor advice.

The bid award went to Semmes, Bowen and Semmes P.C. The contract is for one year, with an option by the county to renew for up to four consecutive one-year periods.

The firm reduced its rate from $150 to $140 per hour based on the county's preferred client status.

County Attorney Richard Douglas said the normal charge for the service is $250 per hour.

Pa. company gets trash hauling contract

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-0 to give the contract for bulk trash hauling services at the Forty West Landfill to Peck's Refuse Disposal of McConnellsburg, Pa.

Peck's will also haul trash from the county's five transfer stations. The one-year contract is worth $239,065 and is renewable for four additional one-year periods.


Commissioners OK weed control grant

The Washington County Commissioners approved 5-0 on Tuesday a $6,000 state grant to control noxious weeds in the county.

The grant helps pay for wages, mileage, office supplies and equipment, chemicals, protective clothing, insurance, training, committee meetings and administrative costs.

County unemployment rate drops, report says

Washington County's unemployment rate fell from 5.1 percent in April to 4.4 percent in May, acting Economic Development Commission Executive Director Tim Troxell said Tuesday in a report to the county commissioners.

The unemployment rates in Allegany and Garrett counties are both at 6.3 percent, while the state average is 4.6 percent and the national rate is 5.5 percent.

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