County Commissioners briefs 6/19

June 19, 2003|by TARA REILLY

First Hose Co. gets OK to finance truck

The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro was given approval by the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday for a loan and security agreements to finance a 2003 Pierce Fire Truck for $208,000.

The commissioners also granted approval for the refinancing of a 1999 Pierce Fire Truck for $290,000 and to refinance real property consisting of 7.2 acres at 3417 Rohrersville Road in Rohrersville in the amount of $345,000.

The county would see a slight increase in insurance obligations under the agreement, a county document says.

Contingency fund to pay for overtime

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved using $27,000 from the commissioners' contingency fund to pay for overtime costs for Sheriff's Department deputies for the Independence Day celebration at Antietam National Battlefield.

County Commissioner John C. Munson suggested that the county set up a special events line item in future budgets.

School Board budget transfer approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request from the Board of Education for a $244,000 budget transfer from several facilities projects to cover cost overruns for the South Hagerstown High School renovation.


Three reappointed to Commission board

Three people were reappointed to the Commission for Women by the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Kelly Whilhelm and Pat Crowley were reappointed to three-year terms and Mary Bray was reappointed to a one-year term.

Seven streets added to highway system

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted seven streets into the county's highway system.

The streets are: Luella Place and Gregory Court in the Burgessor subdivision; Paxton Drive Part Four, Bratton Court and Anderson Drive in the Van Lear Manor subdivision; Will Rich Drive extended in the Doris Doub subdivision and Bivens Lane in the Homer Bivens, section one subdivision.

Water, sewer dept. gets new name

The Washington County Water and Sewer Department has a new name.

The County Commissioners approved the name change on Tuesday, after Department Director Greg Murray said the name was archaic.

The department will be known as the Washington County Department of Water Quality.

Mades gets check for defibrillator

The executive director of the Local Government Insurance Trust (LEGIT), John Burrel, presented Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades with a $2,500 check to purchase one automated external defibrillator.

Washington County was one of six counties awarded grants this year. LEGIT was created in the mid-1980s by the State Association of Counties and Municipalities. Its 13-member board is made up of elected and appointed county officials.

State's attorney gets OK to seek grant

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday granted State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long permission to seek a state grant for a joint city-county violent crime prosecutor.

Long said an increase in domestic violence and the rise in violence related to drugs is a county concern.

The goal of the violent crime prosecutor would be to consolidate and coordinate the investigative efforts of the law enforcement community in the county.

The grant would provide $120,000 for the attorney, an office assistant and support equipment, according to a county document.

The cost to the county would be $13,885. The City of Hagerstown would be asked to pay the same amount.

Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said that if the grant expires, there would be no guarantee that the county would pick up the cost of the positions.

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