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Washington County briefs

April 28, 2004|by TARA REILLY

County proclaims May 1 Reading Day


Reading in Washington County will have a special day next month.The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed May 1 as Washington County Reading Day.

The proclamation was made to encourage "the promotion of family involvement in education, reading for 'fun,' the role of literacy in the economic development of our county, the importance of education to our citizens and a commitment to a brighter future for all of Washington County," according to the county's proclamation.

Myersville firm wins road contract


A Myersville, Md., company received a $1.9 million contract on Tuesday for a road construction project east of Hancock.

The Washington County Commissioners awarded the contract to L.W. Wolfe Enterprises Inc. to extend Ford Drive so that it connects Md. 144 to Tollgate Ridge Road, county Chief Engineer Terry McGee said.

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The project is to begin on June 9 of this year and to be completed on June 6, 2005.

The road is being extended to provide for economic development in the Hancock area and to make it easier and safer for tractor-trailers to get to Rayloc, a company that manufactures automotive parts, county officials have said.

The company is on Rayloc Drive, near Ford Drive.

The county will allocate $231,000 toward the project, and most of the remaining costs of the project will come from state and federal grants.

Consultant to help with disaster plan


A consultant from Cumberland, Md., will help Washington County create a plan to reduce the effects of disasters in the county and its municipalities.

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $28,950 contract to S&S Consulting LLC to work with the county on the plan.

The county received a grant from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to pay for the plan.

The plan will address hazards that include winter storms, wildland and urban fires, drought, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, dam failure and fire explosions, according to information provided by the county.

The plan is required by the federal government and allows the county to obtain reimbursements after a declared disaster, Emergency Management Coordinator Verna Brown said.

Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission names board of directors


Six people were either appointed or reappointed to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's board of directors on Tuesday.

The Washington County Commissioners reappointed John F. Barr, representing the City of Hagerstown; J.D. Rinehart, representing the Municipal League; and John L. Schnebly, representing the Greater Hagerstown Committee.

Those appointed to the board were Robert E. Ernst II, representing the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; James D. Lobley, an at-large member and Dana Moylan, an at-large member.

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