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Washington County Briefs

February 04, 2004

Board of Education



School facilities director resigns


Dennis McGee has resigned as the Washington County Board of Education's director of facilities management, effective Feb. 16.

McGee said he is leaving to take a similar job in New Jersey.

McGee has been with the school system for eight years.

The School Board approved the resignation, along with other staff changes, during its Tuesday meeting.

"I appreciate all the work you have done for our facilities," board member Roxanne Ober said during the meeting.

"I want to thank Dennis for his excellent service to the system," Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said. "You have done an excellent job."

Contract awarded to replace bleacher


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday awarded a $42,600 contract to replace a bleacher at Smithsburg High School.

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The contract was awarded to T.J. Distributors Inc. of Forest Hill, Md.

Schools Counseling Week designated


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a resolution designating Feb. 1-7 as National School Counseling Week.

The resolution was presented to Cheryl Strong, acting director of student services, by board member Bernadette M. Wagner.

- Scott Butki




Funkstown



Joint meeting with county postponed


FUNKSTOWN - The joint meeting between the Washington County Commissioners and Funkstown Town Council concerning the town's tax rebate will be rescheduled, according to the commissioners' office.

The meeting was to be held at Funkstown Town Hall on Tuesday evening, but was postponed due to inclement weather.




Sharpsburg



Town attorney is taking leave


SHARPSBURG - Charles Wagaman is taking a six-month leave of absence from his duties as town attorney, Mayor Hal Spielman said after Monday's Town Council meeting.

Wagaman should return to his duties in July, Spielman said.

Wagaman will continue his duties as zoning administrator during the leave of absence, Spielman said.

Hagerstown attorney Chris Joliet will fill in for Wagaman, Spielman said.

- Julie E. Greene




Hagerstown



Council reschedules two city meetings


The Hagerstown City Council canceled two public meetings Tuesday due to weather concerns and rescheduled them both for today.

The council last week canceled its monthly voting session, due to snowfall. The meeting was rescheduled and was to be combined with Tuesday's work session, in which the mayor and council discuss items that are scheduled for the regular session.

The work session is scheduled to begin today in City Hall at 4 p.m. The regular session will begin at 7 p.m.




Keedysville



Town OKs fences around field, plant


KEEDYSVILLE - The Keedysville Town Council on Monday agreed to have fences built around the town baseball field and water treatment plant.

Mayor Lee Brandenburg said after the town meeting that the fences will take care of some problems, such as off-road vehicles driving on the baseball field.

Brandenburg said the town's water treatment plant will get a new fence because of homeland security concerns.

Both contracts went to Horst Fencing of Hagerstown. Horst's bid for the baseball field fence was $9,465. Horst was the only bidder for the water treatment plant fence. That bid was for $4,890, according to town information.

Brandenburg said the town will pay for the fences.

- Gregory T. Simmons




Commissioners



Zoning law amended to change references


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday revised a county zoning law to change an incorrect reference to properties near highway interchanges in Washington County, county attorney Richard Douglas said.

The commissioners also extended the time following a public hearing from 60 to 120 days to make decisions on Planned Unit Development applications submitted by real estate developers.

- Wanda T. Williams

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