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County commissioners briefs

January 08, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Snow storms eat up 67 percent of budget



Washington County has spent about 67 percent of its snow removal budget on this winter's five storms, Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer said at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.

The snow removal budget is $498,308. It has cost $336,450 to clean up after the storms.

Rohrer said it costs the county about $60,000 a storm and that the highway department is praying for mild weather for the rest of the winter.

County votes to fill engineering position



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to seek candidates to fill an engineering project manager position.

Allen M. House, who was hired for the post in May 2001, died on Dec. 22, according to county documents.

The position pays between $32,391-$51,825 a year. The county plans to hire an employee who will start at the $32,391-$37,000 range.

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Cost of communications upgrade estimated



Washington County Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer said at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting that a proposed upgrade to the county's emergency communications system would cost $17 million to $18 million in the worst case scenario.

Rohrer said the county is pursuing all funding options and checking on whether money would be available from the federal or state governments. Right now there aren't many options available, he said.

County officials will give a detailed presentation on the proposal at next week's commissioners' meeting.

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