Commissioners briefs

April 23, 2003|by TARA REILLY

All who have served are citizens of year

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed all employees and residents who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces, National Guard and reserve units as Citizens of the Year.

"All citizens of Washington County appreciate the sacrifice our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel have chosen to make to help keep our country free and to free other nations from oppression ..." the proclamation states.

Council to apply for shelter grant

The Washington County Community Action Council will apply to the Department of Housing and Community Development for an Emergency Shelter Grant worth up to $50,000.

The County Commissioners approved the action Tuesday.

The Emergency Shelter Grant provides money to prevent homelessness and help improve the quality of existing emergency and transitional shelters for the homeless. It also is designed to help meet the costs of operating such shelters and of providing certain social services to homeless individuals.


In addition to the Community Action Council, CASA, St. John's Shelter and REACH Inc. receive emergency shelter grant money.

CAC to apply for rental grant money

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request that allows the Community Action Council to apply for grant money to the Office of Rental Service Programs at the Department of Community Development in Crownsville, Md.

The application is to receive up to $30,000 grant money for the Rental Allowance Program to Work. The money helps local jurisdictions meet the housing needs of low-income families.

Thirty families benefit from the program annually, according to county documents. The program offers a monthly subsidy of $150 to $250, depending on family size.

Commissioners fill board positions

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed or reappointed the following people to county boards:

  • Jan Wetterer, reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a second, three-year term.

  • Deborah Murphy, appointed to the Recreation & Parks Board.

  • Daniel Shank, reappointed to a second term on the Board of Examiners & Supervisors for Electricians.

Noncounty residents may serve on EDC

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday amended its Revised Boards and Commissions Policy to allow noncounty residents to serve on the Economic Development Commission board.

The revised policy states noncounty residents may be considered for the EDC board if employed or affiliated with businesses that have a substantial presence in Washington County.

Those who serve on all other county boards must be from Washington County, according to the policy.

Compensation for landowners proposed

A former Washington County resident on Tuesday asked the County Commissioners to compensate rural landowners whose property would lose value as a result of density changes contained in the county's Comprehensive Plan.

Thomas Firey, of Alexandria, Va., told the commissioners that farmowners, including his family, might lose nearly $109 million through the downzoning of property.

The commissioners approved the Comprehensive Plan last year, in part, to control growth in rural areas by decreasing the number of homes allowed per acre in rural areas.

Firey said his family, which owns a 230-acre farm in Fairplay, might lose as much as $176.3 million.

Company awarded contract to fix bridge

A Pasadena, Md. construction company likely will repair the Broadfording Road Bridge beginning at the end of May.

The Washington County Commissioners awarded the construction contract for $693,000 to BEKA Industries Inc. on Tuesday.

Repairs to the stone arch bridge are expected to begin on or about May 27 and be completed on Oct. 23.

The county is awaiting final approval for the project from the State Highway Administration.

Craig Paving to fix school tennis courts

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a construction contract to Craig Paving Inc. for repairs to 26 tennis courts at four county high schools.

The cost of repairs is $245,000. Most of the money for the project consists of state Project Open Space dollars.

The court repairs will be done at North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, Williamsport and Smithsburg high schools.

Commissioners to post weigh clerk job

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to advertise a part-time weigh clerk position for the Solid Waste Department.

The position pays $11.45 per hour.

Electrical services contract renewed

A Williamsport company will continue to provide electrical maintenance services for Washington County for fiscal year 2004.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday renewed the one-year contract with Kube Electric Co. Inc., which includes a 5 percent increase in labor rates over the current fiscal year.

The county will pay $20.50 per hour for an electrician and $14 per hour for an apprentice during regular working hours.

The county will pay $30.50 per hour for an electrician and $20 per hour for an apprentice during evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and emergencies.

Sheriff's department uniforms contracted

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded contracts for the purchase of uniforms for the sheriff's department.

Red the Uniform Tailor Inc. of Toms River, N.J., received the contract for $14,130 for patrol and judicial division uniforms.

Jimmie Muscatello's of Washington, D.C., received the contract for $11,972 for uniforms for correctional officers.

The sheriff's department changed the type of uniform from tailored to a stock uniform to save money.

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