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Washington County briefs

May 23, 2007|by TAMELA BAKER

Deming receives preservation award



Developer Michael Deming received the 2007 John Frye Historic Preservation Award on Tuesday for his redevelopment of the Schindel-Rohrer building in downtown Hagerstown.

Members of the county's Historical Advisory Committee gave Deming the award during the weekly Washington County Commissioners meeting. Committee Chairman Ralph Young said Deming, who owns a number of downtown properties, had "greatly enhanced historic preservation efforts in Washington County."

Committee member Pat Schooley said the committee had been concerned about the Schindel-Rohrer building for years, but that Deming had "recognized the beauty of the building and recognized its possibilities."

The building houses Deming's Duffy's on Potomac restaurant and AVA Lounge.

"It all fits in and it all works," Schooley said, proving that "historic preservation and development go hand-in-hand."




Four reappointed to development panel



The Washington County Commissioners reappointed Robert E. Ernst II of Susquehanna Bank, James D. Lobley of Hagerstown Kitchens, Dana Moylan of Miller, Oliver, Baker, Moylan & Stone, and John L. Schnebly of Keller-Stonebraker Insurance Inc. to three-year terms on the county's Economic Development Commission.

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Their new terms begin July 1 and expire June 30, 2010.




Theater director makes pitch for funds



Brian Sullivan, executive director of The Maryland Theatre, and two members of the theater's board made one last effort Tuesday to persuade the Washington County Commissioners to earmark $25,000 for the theater in next year's county budget.

Board members made the request earlier in the budget process, but the commissioners turned it down.

They appealed that decision with a letter, but again were turned down.

Ron Bowers, board president of The Maryland Theatre, told the commissioners the theater had been "a catalyst for arts and entertainment," and urged them to provide the money.

Sullivan said he frequently made the facility available to community organizations without charge, and that about 180 shows were planned for next year.

County Commissioner James F. Kercheval said the commissioners had not been involved in reviewing the board's long-term plans.

"We want to see that first; we want to know what our role should be," Kercheval said.

The commissioners will vote on a final budget next month.




Landfill, software contracts awarded



Kinsley Construction Inc. of Timonium, Md., won a contract to build a new cell at Forty West Landfill, scheduled to be completed in December.

The Washington County Commissioners awarded the contract to Kinsley for its low bid of $3.05 million to build Cell 4 at the landfill. Construction should begin in June.

The commissioners also approved a contract for new software for the county Permits and Inspections Department with Accela Inc. of Visalia, Calif. The contract includes $55,572 for purchase and installation of the system.

"Will it result in any additional staff?" Commissioner William J. Wivell asked.

"No," answered Angela Smith, deputy director for Permits and Inspections.

"Any salary increases?"

"No."

"Any rate increases?"

"No."

"Time or cost savings?"

"Yes."

"Good answer," Wivell concluded.

Approval was unanimous.

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