Washington County briefs

June 06, 2007|by JOSHUA BOWMAN

Airport taxiway project contract approved

The Washington County Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to award a contract to pave and rehabilitate sections of Hagerstown Regional Airport's taxiway.

Hagerstown construction company C. William Hetzer Inc. was the low bidder at $2.79 million.

The county received three other bids for the contract, which is part of the airport's runway expansion project. The three other bidders were P&W Excavating ($3.21 million), New Enterprise Stone and Lime ($3.28 million) and LW Wolfe ($3.99 million).

Commissioner William J. Wivell voted not to award the contract to Hetzer. Commissioners President John F. Barr was not at Tuesday's meeting.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is funding 95 percent of the airport's runway expansion project, must approve the contract bid before work can begin.


Property to be rezoned to Business Local

A request submitted by Antietam Investments LLC to rezone 3.1 acres near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Massey Boulevard was approved Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners. The area will change from Residential Urban to Business Local, which will allow small-scale commercial development on the site, Planning Director Michael Thompson said.

"The Business Local zone is intended for a wide range of smaller-scale stuff," Thompson said.

Thompson said development in the zone could range from strip malls to gas stations to professional offices.

Antietam Investments LLC has not submitted a site plan for the property. David Taylor, one of the applicants with Antietam Investments, could not be reached at home for comment Tuesday.

County to abandon portion of road

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the abandonment of a portion of Polecat Hollow Road in Clear Spring. The Washington County Sportsman Club requested that the county abandon the 2.4 mile stretch of unmaintained road, which runs through its property, to prevent trespassing by off-road vehicles and trash dumping on their land.

In exchange for the abandonment, the club has agreed to donate a parcel of land that the county will use to build a communications tower.

Commissioner, wife become parents

Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire became a father last week. His wife, Tenneille, gave birth to their first child, Greenley Paige Aleshire, on May 31.

"It's been an amazing experience," Aleshire said. "We're stepping into a new world."

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