Washington County briefs

October 22, 2003|by TARA REILLY

County ends fiscal year with surplus

The Washington County Commissioners ended fiscal year 2003 with a $2.8 million surplus and received a clean audit for the same fiscal year, Mike Manspeaker of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC said Tuesday.

Manspeaker presented the audit to the County Commissioners at a meeting.

"We're very pleased that we have a clean audit," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said. "We're more pleased that we have a surplus."

Snook attributed the clean audit and surplus to the efforts of county staff.

Allocation fee will be decreased to $1,800

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-0 to decrease the allocation fee paid by customers in areas served jointly by the Hagerstown Water and Sewer Department and the Washington County Department of Water Quality from $2,800 to $1,800.

Water Quality Director Greg Murray said the $1,800 fee was proposed in 2001, but was increased to $2,800 by the County Commissioners a year later, after the City of Hagerstown did not sign a flow transfer agreement.


The fee was increased to make up for lost revenue as a result of the agreement not being signed, according to a county document.

However, the fee now can be reduced to $1,800 because the city and county signed the agreement in August, according to a county document.

Public hearing set on facilities ordinance

The Washington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Oct. 27 on revisions to the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.

The commissioners are in the process of changing the APFO to better measure when schools are adequate or inadequate to handle residential growth.

The proposal calls for charging developers a fee if they build in areas where elementary schools are at 85 percent capacity or more.

The public hearing will be at 7 p.m. in Courtroom 1 of the Washington County Courthouse at 95 W. Washington St.

Firm gets contract for roof repairs

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously awarded a contract to a Clear Spring company to replace the roof of T-Hangar No. 1 at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The $29,088 contract was awarded to Myers Building Systems Inc.

The roof on the hangar was installed in 1967 and sealant was applied 10 years ago. Airport maintenance employees have had to patch holes and reseal several areas, according to a county document.

"The existing roof is dangerously weak and spongy at various locations. The potential exists for a partial roof collapse, which could cause extensive aircraft damage," according to the document.

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