Projects, grants up for approval

June 09, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

State officials are set to approve construction of the final two-mile leg of the Western Maryland Rail Trail in Washington County.

The Maryland Board of Public Works is expected to award a contract today to Mann's Construction of Hancock for $596,202.

It's one of a number of local grants and projects up for approval today by the board, which consists of the governor, treasurer and comptroller.

The 20-mile paved trail, which starts near Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, will be extended two miles west and a parking lot added near Woodmont, said Harvey Bryant, regional engineer for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


The parking lot will be on the site of a former CSX Railroad train station at Pearre, he said.

Bicyclists, Rollerbladers and parents with strollers use the trail, which parallels the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath, he said.

Also on Wednesday, the board is expected to approve:

  • A contract to design renovations to the Hagerstown Community College Career Programs Building. Bushey Feight Morin Architects of Hagerstown is the low bidder at $406,704.

  • A $250,000 grant to Girl's Inc. toward construction of a gym at their West Washington Street center.

  • A $150,000 grant to the Town of Funkstown for upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant.

  • A $131,250 grant so Washington County can plan for tough new environmental standards that apply to the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The state is expected to pay for most of the cost of the upgrades, which were ordered as part of Gov. Robert Ehrlich's $30-a-year "flush tax," said Water Quality Director Greg Murray.

  • A $280,317 agricultural preservation easement to Anna Rowland for 150 acres.

  • A $288,000 agricultural preservation easement to Arthur Linton for 144 acres.

  • A $77,770 Rural Legacy easement to Robert E. and Naia H. Bonnet for 34 acres off Sharpsburg Pike.
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