Washington County briefs

December 01, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Smithsburg library design near completion

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday were given an update on the Smithsburg branch of the Washington County Free Library.

The design development stage for the planned branch building is about 80 percent completed, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said.

Preliminary estimates place the cost of the project at $1.2 million, Rohrer said.

Mary Baykan, executive director of the Washington County Free Library, said a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the first week of April.

Construction of the 9,000-square-foot building is expected to take about eight months, Baykan said.

When the Smithsburg library building is completed, construction of a new library branch building is planned in Boonsboro.

New Gaming Office director is named

James Hovis has been named director of the Washington County Gaming Office, Washington County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Tuesday.

Hovis has been serving as interim director, replacing former gaming office director Dan DiVito. DiVito is director of the Permits and Inspection Department.


Hovis and DiVito met briefly Tuesday with the Washington County Commissioners to propose adoption of amendments to the county's tip jar regulations.

The commissioners approved the amendments, which, among other things, expanded the definition of terms and clarified some regulations.

Hovis was hired in August 2004 as the Gaming Office's first inspector.

Main is reappointed to agricultural board

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the reappointment of Michael Main to the Agricultural Reconciliation Board.

His first term on that board is scheduled to expire Jan. 31, 2005.

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