Washington County briefs

June 22, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Request for zoning change rejected

By a 2-1 vote, the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday rejected Shank Farms Inc.'s request to include 351 acres on the southeast side of Leitersburg Pike in the county's Urban Growth Area.

Shank Farms requested that the zone be changed from Agricultural to Low Density Residential.

Commissioner James F. Kercheval said there are several reasons not to allow the request, including a limited supply of sewer and water service in the Urban Growth Area.

Commissioner John C. Munson said the land is not far from a water line and houses built there could use septic systems.

Kercheval and Commissioner Doris J. Nipps voted to deny the request, while Munson voted to accept it.

Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell did not vote.

A short time later, though, Wivell did vote, creating a 2-2 tie.

In the absence of Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, Wivell acted as the chairman of the meeting. Wivell said County Attorney Richard Douglas told him the chairman should not vote, except to break a tie.


The topic was a proposal to limit cul-de-sac streets to 800 feet and no more than 25 dwelling units.

Michael Thompson, the county's director of planning, said the proposal was meant to set a standard for cul-de-sacs and to help ensure public safety.

Munson opposed the motion; Nipps and Kercheval voted in favor.

Then, Wivell voted no. The 2-2 tie prevented the motion from passing.

Pa. company wins cardboard contract

Peck's Refuse Disposal of McConnellsburg, Pa., on Tuesday won a $285,000 contract to haul cardboard from Washington County's transfer stations and Forty West Landfill.

A memo to the Washington County Commissioners from Karen Luther, a county purchasing agent, said 12 companies received the bid document, but only Peck's Refuse Disposal, which has the current contract, responded.

BFI of Hagerstown responded with a "no bid," the memo says.

The rates next year will be the same as this year.

The contract is for one year, starting Aug. 1, with options for four consecutive one-year renewals, the memo says.

County to continue gas 'piggyback' ride

Washington County will continue to "piggyback" on a state contract for natural gas with Washington Gas Energy Services Inc. of Timonium, Md., the county commissioners decided Tuesday.

The county attached itself to the state contract in 2001, according to a memo to the county commissioners from Karen Luther, a county purchasing agent.

OfficeMax chosen for supply contract

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday picked OfficeMax of Elkridge, Md., for desktop delivery of office supplies.

Four companies submitted bids. However, two companies whose bids were lower were considered nonresponsive because they didn't bid on all the items the county mentioned, according to a memo from Karen Luther, a county purchasing agent.

The contract with OfficeMax is for $179,183.

Washington County Public Schools is sharing the contract, the memo says.

Software to rate county roads

A new software and consulting system approved Tuesday will use photography and digital imaging to create a comprehensive rating system of every mile of road in the county.

The Washington County Commissioners voted to pay $82,469 to Enterprise Information Solutions Inc. of Columbia, Md., for the work and the software.

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