County briefs

April 30, 2003

County to advertise for bus attendant

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to advertise for a part-time bus attendant for the County Commuter program.

The position pays $9.09 an hour.

Program for special needs students OK'd

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $5,543 grant for the creation of an arts program for special needs students.

The money is provided through the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families and the Developmental Disabilities Administration Western Regional Office.

The E.D.G.E. - Encouraging Development and Growth through Education - will create the program, called ARTSQuest.

The one-week Fine Arts Summer Camp will focus on strengthening communication and physical coordination skills for 12 to 15 students who are left out of fine arts instruction because of behavior and disabilities, such as bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome.


Airport to make security upgrades

The Hagerstown Regional Airport plans to make $1.1 million in security improvements, airport officials told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The County Commissioners voted 3-1 to give the contract for the work to Excel Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown.

Final approval will be made by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Included in the improvements are the installation of 33 cameras around the airfield, in the terminal and outside of the terminal; five keypad entry systems for gates and increasing the height of fences around the airport.

Commissioner John C. Munson was the only commissioner to vote against the improvements, saying he disagreed with plans for the new fencing.

A section of the new fence, about 1,000 feet of it, would have to be removed once the runway extension project begins a few years from now, airport officials said.

Munson said even though it's being paid for with federal dollars, it would be a waste of money to put in the fence and then tear it out later.

"It's still taxpayers' dollars," Munson said. "If it's the president of the United States, I'll second guess him if he's wasting money like this."

Leachate hauling contract approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a leachate hauling contract for the Washington County Solid Waste Department to A.C.&T. of Hagers-town.

The one-year contract is for $102,800, with an option by the County Commissioners to renew for up to four additional consecutive one-year periods.

Grant to fund events center feasibility study

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to receive a $46,200 state grant to go toward the cost of a feasibility study for a multipurpose events center in the county.

The grant from the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority And Fund will be given to the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The grant covers up to 70 percent of the cost of the study. The Visitors Bureau will pay the remaining costs.

Gaming Commission member reappointed

Washington County resident William McKinley has been reappointed to the county's Gaming Commission.

The County Commissioners approved the two-year term on Tuesday. The term is McKinley's second on the Gaming Commission.

Member appointed to Airport advisory

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Harry Reynolds to the Airport Advisory Commission.

Commissioners honor record-breaking teen

A Hagerstown teenager was honored Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners for breaking the Guinness Book of World Records record for continuously performing Texas Skips.

Andy Rotz, 17, received a Certificate of Merit from the County Commissioners.

Rotz went to Las Vegas in February for the 14th Annual Wild West Arts Club Convention, where he broke the world record set in 1991.

A Texas Skip is the act of spinning a lasso vertically and jumping through it every 11/2 rotations. Rotz performed 11,123 consecutive Texas Skips over more than two hours.

Rotz is the son of Bob and Mary Rotz of Hagerstown.

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