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Washington County briefs

January 24, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

Growth advisory committee outlined



A group that will advise officials on growth issues will consist of individuals representing backgrounds as diverse as banking and agriculture.

Washington County Chief Planner Stephen Goodrich presented an outline of the urban growth area advisory committee to the Washington County Commissioners during a meeting Tuesday.

Goodrich said he believes the new committee could begin meeting this spring. The group would advise officials about the kinds of population densities and zoning plans appropriate for specific urban growth areas, he said.

At their meeting, the commissioners discussed the logistics of finding and selecting committee members. During the discussion, the number of members proposed for the committee ranged from nine to about a dozen.

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Goodrich said the county would be soliciting the input of people from backgrounds including banking, law, agriculture, development and real estate. People already involved in community groups, like the League of Women Voters, also could be part of the group, he said.

Goodrich said the urban-area rezoning project could take a year.




Problems add to cost of airport construction



Excavation problems and changes in blasting work and backfill material have added to the cost of one of Hagerstown Regional Airport's construction packages, officials told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The change order, which the commissioners approved by a vote of 4-1, adds $147,527.90 to the cost of the package. Airport consultant Mahesh Kukata said the amount is within the package's budget.

The total project cost is more than $60 million, Kukata said.

Commissioner William J. Wivell voted against the change order, saying he did not vote to award the original bid.

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