County Commissioners briefs

February 19, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Sheriff's Department employees introduced

Dee Hawbaker, Washington County assistant human resources director, introduced two new Sheriff's Department employees to the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday.

The new employees are Norma Burcker, who will be a communications operator, and Joseph Allen Barnhart, a correctional deputy.

Bloom is reappointed to Fire and Rescue

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday reappointed Milton Bloom to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

Bloom's term would have expired on Feb. 28.

Public Works director reports on snow cleanup

Washington County road employees and county contractors were kept busy in recent days dealing with the impact of the storm, County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said.

Crews worked hard to keep at least one lane passable on all county roads, he said.

County crews were to work the next few days to make sure storm drains are clear of debris in an attempt to reduce flooding problems that occur as the snow melts, he said.


The temperature in the area is expected to rise later in the week, he said.

Storm decreases number of 911 calls

The number of calls to 911 in Washington County was lower than usual Monday because there were fewer people out and about due to the weekend storm, Emergency Services Director Joe Kroboth said.

Since most people stayed home, the types of calls were different than usual with more reported falls, sprains and heart problems, he said.

He said he expected the number of 911 calls to be higher than usual over the next few days as people resume working and have snow-related accidents and problems.

Keedysville Road bridge contract awarded

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday awarded a $241,060 contract for rehabilitation of the Keedysville Road Bridge over Little Antietam Creek.

The contract for the deteriorating stone arch bridge was awarded to Building Systems Inc. of Hagerstown, which was the low bidder.

After the work is completed, a 15-ton weight restriction on vehicles crossing the bridge can be removed, county Chief Engineer Terry McGee said.

The federal government will pay for about 80 percent of the contract cost, he said.

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