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Washington County briefs

May 05, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

Panel will study county salaries


An independent commission will study the salaries of Washington County elected officials, including those of the County Commissioners and the school board.

In 1994, the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly mandated that a study commission be formed to periodically review the salaries and make recommendations.

Well fees doubled; burning fee OK'd


It will soon cost more to tap a well or for a business to conduct an open burning.

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to double the well permit fee. Based on a recommendation from the Washington County Health Department, the cost of the permit will increase from $80 to $160 on July 1.

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Health department officials proposed the fee increase as a way to recover more of its costs, which they calculated at $213 per permit. The department expects to receive $33,000 from the fee increase.

The commissioners also voted to create a new fee for commercial open burning. The $50 fee will become effective immediately.

Farmers and homeowners aren't subject to the fee, which is expected to bring in about $3,000.

Williamsport firm to do electrical work


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday hired a Williamsport company to provide electrician services at county buildings.

Kube Electric Co. submitted a base bid of $26,500 for one year of services, which was about half of a Hagerstown company's bid.

County renews its trash-hauling pact


The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to renew the county's trash-hauling contract with a McConnellsburg, Pa., company.

Based on estimated trash amounts, Peck's Refuse Disposal will charge about $263,000 to haul trash from the county's transfer stations to the Forty West Landfill, county documents show.

Two other area bidders did not match Peck's bid.

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