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$2.17 million suggested for roads

October 29, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Health System may have to pay $2.17 million to the county toward road and traffic improvements for Washington County Hospital's planned relocation to Robinwood Drive.

Washington County Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer recommended that amount to the County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

The fee, which would be required as a part of the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, is based on the number of trips the hospital, and other residential and commercial building growth would generate, according to a county document.

The commissioners did not vote on the fee, saying they wanted more time to consider it.

Washington County Health System spokeswoman Kelly Redmond said it was too soon for hospital officials to comment on the amount mentioned Tuesday.

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According to a county document, the health system offered to contribute $539,340 for road improvements, an amount based on a percentage of all traffic in the area.

But that amount "would pose a large financial burden for the county and others," the county document states.

The county would be left with a balance of about $11.5 million to correct road and traffic problems in the Robinwood Drive area if the health system paid the $539,340 amount, according to the document.

Rohrer said the county estimates that total cost of road improvements to the area will be about $12 million.

Other developers will be asked to pay toward those improvements.

The Robinwood Drive area includes Edgewood Drive and Mount Aetna Road.

The hospital plans to move from Antietam Street in Hagerstown to land outside the city next to Robinwood Medical Center. The new hospital would cost about $165 million.

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