County briefs

November 13, 2002|by TARA REILLY

County Commissioners accept several grants

The Washington County Commissioners accepted several grants at Tuesday's meeting.

  • The commissioners accepted $1.8 million in Rural Legacy state grant funds. The amount was $800,000 above the county's request.

  • An $86,000 Civil War Heritage Area grant was accepted. The money will be put in the Planning and Community Development Department budget.

  • The commissioners approved a $159,000 federal domestic preparedness grant, which will help the emergency services department purchase equipment.

  • Two grants from the Maryland Department of Transportation for the County Commuter transit system were accepted. The grants are worth $65,000 and $42,500 and will be used to rebuild bus engines and transmissions, purchase needed computer equipment and buy equipment for the transportation department shop.

Commissioners approve sale of two properties

The Washington County Commissioners approved the sale of two surplus properties Tuesday.

The first was the sale of four parcels in the Washington County Business Park for a combined total of $248,694 to Richard McCleary of Hagerstown.


The parcels are 1.22 acres and 16.83 acres along Western Maryland Parkway, 0.95 acres on Hump Road and 2.075 acres in Lot No. 7 in Jamison Court.

Commissioner William J. Wivell voted against that sale.

The other sale, Lot No. 29 in the Elk Ridge Development of Chestnut Grove Road, was approved by a unanimous vote.

Dean Moore is buying that property for $12,500. The parcel's appraised value is $7,400 to $18,500. Moore agreed to remove an abandoned well house and two large in-ground water tanks and close four wells on the property.

County to seek bids for jail food service

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received permission Tuesday from the County Commissioners to seek bids to contract out food services at the Washington County Detention Center.

Sheriff Charles F. Mades told the commissioners that difficulty in finding cooks at the detention center has brought the need for contracted services.

The current operating cost of food services at the detention center is $601,656.

Mades said a savings of about $80,000 may be seen if a private company performs the services.

Commissioners make appointments to board

The Washington County Commissioners appointed several people to the Fire and Rescue Communications Advisory Board Tuesday.

Those appointed were Stoyan Russell, Jon Gift and Dan Grove. Reappointed to the board were Chris Amos, Gail "Cookie" McDowell and William Shawley.

Leonard Heller was reappointed as an alternate, and Terry Gearhart was appointed as another alternate.

County's audit is clean

The Washington County Commissioners received a clean audit for fiscal year 2002 on Tuesday, auditors said at a meeting.

The audit was performed by Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. of Hagerstown.

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