Washington County briefs

May 17, 2006|by TARA REILLY

County will apply for two block grants

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to continue a program that allows third-party inspectors to inspect commercial projects, but with some changes.

The County Commissioners, at the recommendation of Permits and Inspections Director Dan DiVito, decided to remove a requirement that made third-party inspections for projects more than 100,000 square feet mandatory. They now will be optional.

They also decided to allow partial third-party inspections, while the department will do the rest, and reduced building permit fees for third-party inspections by 20 percent.

DiVito said third-party inspections free department employees to work on other projects.

Third-party inspection program to continue

Washington County will apply for a $15,000 Maryland Community Development Block Grant to pay for staffing costs for a program that helps low-income applicants buy homes.


The County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the submittal of the grant application to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The grant would pay for staffing costs for the Washington County Community Action Council's Affordable HOMES Program.

The commissioners will be the recipient of the grant, and CAC will be the subrecipient, according to information provided by the county.

The commissioners also authorized an application for a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant to support the Hagerstown Home Store.

The Home Store, which counsels people on buying homes, is operated by the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. The services are free to residents and home buyers in the county, according to the county information.

The commissioners authorized the grant applications to the state after holding public hearings on both applications.

Properties OK'd for preservation program

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved six properties for inclusion in the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

The county provides tax credits to landowners who commit to a 10-year agricultural land preservation district, which means development is not permitted during that time, according to information provided by the county.

The Kriner Farm (171 acres), and properties owned by Steven and Celia Palmer (145.87 acres), Carolyn Ann Barkdoll (70 acres), Betty Jane Oller (98.91 acres), Franklin E. Barnhart (148.90 acres) and Constance E. Thomas (201.80 acres) were admitted to the program.

Commissioners renew deal for trash pickup

A McConnellsburg, Pa., company will keep its contract with Washington County to pick up trash at the county's transfer stations and Forty West Landfill.

The County Commissioners renewed the contract Tuesday with Peck's Refuse Disposal LLC.

The county has budgeted $304,200 for the contract.

County to buy units for pump stations

Washington County will buy three Toshiba Pump Control Systems units from a company in Harmans, Md.

The County Commissioners voted to buy the units from Freemire and Associates Inc. for $65,106.

The units are for the Department of Water Quality and will be placed at pump stations.

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