County briefs

November 19, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Troxell: Business has been good this year

Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Director Tim Troxell said Tuesday that business activity in the county has been good so far this year.

Troxell said the EDC has announced more than 800 new jobs in the county so far in 2003, and more than $170 million in project investments.

As of September, the county's unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down from the state's rate of 4.1 percent. Berkeley County, W.Va.'s rate was 4 percent, and Frankin County, Pa.'s rate was 3.3 percent, Troxell said.

The country's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

County employees give to United Way

Washington County employees raised $42,346 for the United Way and Community Health Charities, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.


Shoop said the employees increased their pledges by 7.5 percent over last year. Last year, the number of pledges grew by 16 percent.

The county offered prizes as incentives for pledges.

Rodney Unger of the Solid Waste Department and Steven Pryor of the Washington County Detention Center each won Gorilla Outfitter Ladder Treestands.

Bob Davenport, director of Solid Waste, won a framed wildlife print.

Airport Manager Carolyn Motz, airport employee Janet Moats and Human Resources Director David Hankinson each won $100 gift certificates to Valley Mall.

Oestereich honored for years of service

Washington County Gaming Commission Chairman Orlyn C. Oestereich received a Certificate of Merit from the Washington County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

Oestereich has been on the Gaming Commission since 1999 and has served as chairman since 2002.

He was recognized for his leadership and dedication, according to the certificate.

"I feel good about serving Washington County," Oestereich said.

Ordinance workshop planned for Nov. 25

The Washington County Commissioners will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 25 to discuss revisions to an ordinance that would require developers to pay thousands to the county if they build in areas where schools are at 85-percent capacity.

Developers would be charged $6,500 per housing unit under the proposed capacity regulations, which would be part of the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.

Free bus rides OK'd for shoppers

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to offer three days of free bus rides on the County Commuter during the holiday shopping season.

County Commissioner John C. Munson suggested the offer.

Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said the cost for the promotion would be about $2,500.

Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell and Commissioner Doris J. Nipps voted against the free rides.

The dates of the free rides will be advertised.

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