Washington County briefs

October 11, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Character Counts! Week is Oct. 15-21

The week of Oct. 15 to 21 was named Character Counts! Week on Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

The proclamation is intended to boost awareness of the need for character training among young people for the well-being of society.

"The character of a nation is only as strong as the character of its individual citizens, and the public good benefits when young people learn that good character counts in personal relationships, in school and in the workplace ..." according to the proclamation.

Employees recognized for work in program

Twelve Washington County employees received recognition Tuesday for their work in Hagerstown Community College's Leadership Development Program.


The employees received Letters of Recognition from HCC at Tuesday's Washington County Commissioners meeting for completing 12 of 18 credits in their field of study.

The classes consist of principles of management, finance, business communications and human resources management, according to information provided by the county.

The remaining courses are about state and local government, and the legal environment of business, according to the county.

The employees to receive the letters are Rocky Bishop, Kim Bowers, Brian Brandt, Steve Goodrich, Kathy Kroboth, Ricky Martz, John Pennesi, Ed Plank, Phil Ridenour, Mike Rohrer, Rob Slocum and Angela Smith.

Bonds issued for two county projects

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday issued general obligation installment bonds to pay for a capping project at the Resh Road Landfill and for sewer pipe relining in Halfway.

The bonds are not to exceed $5.5 million for the capping project and $1 million for the Halfway project, according to information provided by the county.

Interest for the 20-year loan period is anticipated to be $595,685 for the Resh Road Landfill project and $108,306 for the Halfway project, according to the county.

Sheriff's Department to get new handguns

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is getting new handguns.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a $50,692 contract for the purchase of 110 .40-caliber Beretta handguns.

Lawmen Supply Co. Inc. of Clinton, Md., received the contract.

The company also will supply the department with gun locks, night sites, carrying cases, holsters and three ammunition magazines, according to information provided by the county.

The purchase will be made with money in a Sheriff's Department reserve account.

Commissioner John C. Munson questioned the need for new guns.

"They can't be worn out because you haven't shot anyone in a long time," Munson said.

Sheriff Charles F. Mades told the commissioners that the department typically buys better-quality guns every eight to 10 years. The department has purchased new guns four times in the last 20 years, he said.

Munson voted in favor of the new guns.

Decision delayed on planned development

A developer's proposal to address school capacity issues was met with hesitancy Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

The County Commissioners decided to delay the proposal from Clagett's Mill to review more information.

The proposed development consists of 238 single-family units on 227 acres on the north and south sides of Poffenberger Road, just west of Antietam Creek, according to planning documents.

In addressing school capacity issues, as required by the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO), Clagett's Mill representatives had proposed phasing in housing units and paying the excise tax up front for those units.

Under the proposal, the developer would receive 37 building permits in 2007 and 50 in 2008. The Washington County Planning Commission already has granted final plat approval for those 87 units.

The commissioners expressed concerns about whether the proposal adequately would address school-crowding issues.

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