Washington County briefs

October 16, 2002|by TARA REILLY

Purchase of chairs, tables is approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the purchase of chairs and tables for the Sheriff's Department.

The cost of the furniture is $37,686. The items will furnish the muster/training room, conference rooms and workstations, according to county documents.

The purchase approval allows the Sheriff's Department to piggy-back on a bid processed by U.S. Communities, sponsored by the National Association of Counties through Fairfax County, Va., and awarded to Steelcase Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich, documents state.

Lt. Randy Wilkinson and Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer described the condition of the current furniture at the Sheriff's Department as "surplus." Wilkinson said some of the furniture came from the old jail.


Walk team leader recognized for efforts

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday gave Melissa Nearchos of Washington County Community Partnership a letter of appreciation for her efforts in leading a county team in the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica event.

Washington County was named the Rookie Team of the Year in the event.

Winter, spring targeted for several road projects

Washington County will try again in the winter or early spring to complete several road reclamation and renovation projects, the County Commissioners decided Tuesday.

At the recommendation of county staff members, the commissioners rejected a bid on the projects because it was too expensive. The lone bid, by L.W. Wolfe, was $1,346,789, according to county documents.

County Chief Engineer Terry McGee and Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer said the project's price was out of line.

"We're way over the range of where this thing should be," Rohrer said.

The county estimated the cost to be $1,041,254, the documents state.

The following roads will be reclaimed under the project:

  • Landis Road from Queen Anne's Court to Londontowne Drive

  • Whitehall Road from Landis Road to Beaver Creek Road

  • The Agricultural Center access road.

  • Industrial Lane from Governor Lane Boulevard to Grumbacker Lane

Joint sewer service amendment approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an amendment to a joint agreement with the City of Hagerstown that adds eight parcels to the joint sewer service area.

The amendment had already been approved by the city.

Controlled campfires now to be allowed

Washington County has decided to allow commercial campgrounds to light controlled campfires, but a burn ban remains in effect for all other situations, Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth said Tuesday.

Kroboth said the decision to allow the campground fires came Monday and all of the county's eight or nine commercial campgrounds will be notified of the decision by telephone.

West Nile Virus threat said to be decreasing

A Washington County Health Department official told the County Commissioners on Tuesday that the threat of the West Nile Virus is decreasing with the arrival of cooler weather.

Laurie Bucher, director of environmental health for the health department, said the department recently tested five pools of mosquitoes for the virus and non had it. So far 34 birds, three horses and one human have tested positive for the virus in the county, she said.

The health department will not collect birds next year because "we know the virus is here" Bucher said.

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