County briefs 6/18

June 18, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Some of park to be sold for development

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to sell .89 of an acre at Doub's Woods Park to Robert Bricker of Hagerstown for $40,000.

The parcel will enlarge two lots already owned by Bricker and allow a more economically feasible commercial development of the lots, which are in the City of Hagerstown.

The sale was approved 3-0 by the commissioners. Commissioner John Munson abstained because he knows Bricker. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook was not at the meeting at the time of the vote.

Assistant state's attorney introduced

Washington County Interim Human Resources Director Dee Hawbaker introduced a new county employee at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.


Brett Wilson has been hired as a full-time assistant state's attorney. Wilson had been a part-time nuisance abatement attorney with the Narcotics Task Force.

Prodonovich honored for 30 years of service

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday presented Paul Prodonovich, director of permits and inspection, a Certificate of Award for his 30 years of service to the county.

Prodonovich will retire on June 30.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Prodonovich always put his "heart and soul" into his work.

As director, he has been responsible for the enforcement of all building codes and zoning ordinances.

As a result, "he made half of the people happy and half of the people upset," Snook said.

"Paul, we're going to miss you. We're going to miss your expertise," Snook said. "We wish you many happy years of retirement ... we thank you very much."

Prodonovich said he was proud to have served county residents for 30 years and thanked county and state employees for their assistance and the previous and current boards of commissioners.

"I can't explain how much I appreciate it," he said.

EDC presents list of suitable industries

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission on Tuesday presented the County Commissioners with a list of 10 industries suitable for the county.

The list was the result of an in-depth study of growth industries in the country.

Some of the industries the EDC would like to target for Washington County include plastics material and resin manufacturing, light truck and vehicle manufacturing, wineries, online information services and satellite telecommunications.

The EDC introduced Steve Christian as the new business development specialist. Christian has served in similar positions in West Virginia and Montgomery County.

Election equipment's lease is extended

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to extend the lease agreement between the county and Elections Systems & Software Inc. for the Electronic Election System.

The approval was for a two-year extension for $137,280. The cost is payable in two-installments. The original lease was for seven years and was extended for two years in 2001.

Commissioners OK insurance contract

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with Local Government Insurance Trust for buildings and contents insurance coverage.

The $78,522 contract is for one year with two consecutive one-year renewable periods.

Archaeological firm to relocate cemetery

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with a Frederick, Md., archaeological firm to relocate a small cemetery that's on the Forty West Landfill site.

The contract was awarded to R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates Inc. for $134,976. The descendants of those buried in the cemetery will be contacted about the relocation and given the opportunity to choose the place of reinterment.

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