County Commissioners briefs

October 23, 2002|by TARA REILLY

New zoning designation is adopted at meeting

The Washington County Commissioners created a new zoning designation called the Office, Research and Technology District on Tuesday and then voted to give 452 acres in Friendship Technology Park that designation.

Those acres had been zoned planned industrial and agricultural districts, according to county documents.

The land, which is just south of Interstate 70 on the north and south sides of Md. 632, is owned by Allegheny Energy.

The designation will allow Allegheny Energy to provide an environment that will attract medical and corporate offices, technology and research-and-development-based businesses and institutions, county documents state.

The district is within the urban growth area, which is a designated area where growth is encouraged.

Companies that may locate to the site cannot construct buildings 100 feet high, according to the county.

Commissioner William J. Wivell was not present during the discussion and did not vote because he works for Allegheny Energy.


Groups seek meeting with humane society

Washington County Commissioner William Wivell said he continues to receive phone calls regarding information released at last week's meeting with the Washington County Humane Society.

Rescue groups have said they would like to meet with the commissioners to discuss concerns they have about the way they are treated by the humane society.

Commissioner Bert Iseminger suggested that the groups meet with the Humane Society Board of Directors, Humane Society Executive Director Maria Procopio and some commissioners.

He said the meeting should take place in two or three weeks.

County to receive more money from program

Washington County will receive $1.8 million from the state in fiscal year 2003 for the Rural Legacy Program, County Land Preservation Administrator Eric Seifarth said at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.

The county had already been scheduled to receive $1 million, but was granted an additional $800,000.

Seifarth and Commissioner Bert Iseminger said the county received the additional funding, in part, because of its recently adopted Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan aims to control growth in rural areas.

Commissioners vote to lift county burn ban

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to lift the county's burn ban.

The state recently lifted its burn ban.

Joe Kroboth, the county's director of emergency services, urged county residents to use common sense when burning outdoors.

Carter is appointed to mental health board

Haru Carter Jr., a pastor, was appointed to the Washington County Mental Health Authority Board Tuesday morning.

Carter was appointed by the Washington County Commissioners to replace the Rev. Yvonne Mercer-Staten.

Aviation easement purchased by county

The Washington County Commissioners purchased an aviation easement for $19,800 over 14621 Pennsylvania Ave. at Tuesday's meeting.

Dean L. Lowery, the county's real property administrator, said the easement is part of the county's ongoing runway protection zone project at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The state and Federal Aviation Administration will reimburse 95 percent of the costs, and the county will pay 5 percent, according to county documents.

County's jobless rate drops below 4 percent

Washington County's unemployment rated dropped to 3.9 percent in August, Tim Troxell, acting executive director of the Washington County Economic Development Council, said at Tuesday's meeting.

The August percentage is down from 4.1 percent in June and July, Troxell said.

The state unemployment rate is 4.2 percent and the national rate is 5.7 percent, Troxell said.

Williamsport Industrial Park land will be sold

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to sell 2 acres in the Williamsport Industrial Park across from the Save-A-Lot warehouse for $31,950.

Supervalu Holdings Inc., the company that owns Save-A-Lot, bought the property to use it as a trailer lot for the warehouse.

County officials said the land is too narrow to build on.

"It's like a slice of pie," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

Character Counts! Week proclaimed at meeting

At Tuesday morning's meeting, the Washington County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 20 to 26 as Character Counts! Week.

The proclamation states character development is an obligation of families, through efforts by faith communities, schools, and youth, civic and human service organizations.

The commissioners are encouraging citizens, schools, businesses and government to support the Character Counts! program.

New deputy introduced to commissioners

The Washington County Commissioners greeted a new employee Tuesday morning.

Chad Mullenix is a new deputy at the Washington County Detention Center.

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