Washington County briefs

February 01, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Preservation, parks plan approved

The Washington County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan was approved Tuesday by the County Commissioners.

The plan addresses public recreational resources available in the county, as well as future park and open space needs, according to information included with the commissioners' meeting agenda.

ASE certification to pad workers' wallets

Washington County employees who work as auto service technicians, transportation mechanics, auto body technicians and welders will receive 20 cents more per hour for each Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification they receive.

The County Commissioners unanimously approved the raises at Tuesday's meeting, and said they wanted to look at other incentives for other professional certified county employees.


Human Resources Director David Hankinson and Highway Department Fleet Manager Jack Reynard told the commissioners the raises are needed to attract and retain employees.

Highway Director Ted Wolford said the certifications require hours of studying and skill, and that those who pass bring needed services to the county.

"Everybody can't do it," he said.

Hankinson and Reynard said certified employees are being lured away by higher-paying jobs.

Hankinson said there about 40 ASE certification tests.

Anikis reappointed to planning board/

The Washington County Commissioners unanimously reappointed Planning Commission member George Anikis to a five-year term on the board.

Anikis' first term will expire March 1.

"George has done a fine job," County Commissioners James F. Kercheval said. Kercheval is an ex-officio member of the Planning Commission.

Dispatcher lauded for helping with birth

A Washington County emergency dispatcher was recognized Tuesday by the County Commissioners for helping to deliver a baby Jan. 20.

Emergency Communications Specialist Warren Royce received a 911 call stating a woman was in labor and needed an ambulance.

While on the phone, Royce guided family members in the delivery of the child, according to information provided by the county.

The woman and child were taken to the hospital by the ambulance.

Thyssen Elevator awarded contract

A Hagerstown company received a contract from the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday to upgrade elevators in the County Administration Building.

Thyssen Elevator received the $41,750 contract. The project will replace the main hydraulic piston and cylinders in the elevators.

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