Washington County briefs

October 03, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Commissioners OK new ag museum

The County Commissioners on Tuesday approved $279,200 to build a new agricultural museum at the Washington County Agricultural Center.

The 7,200-square-foot building will house the current museum's larger farm equipment, according to Washington County Director of Buildings, Grounds and Parks Jim Sterling.

The commissioners approved the money to the project's low bidder, Building Systems Inc. of Hagerstown.

Two other companies, Hiser Construction Inc. of Maugansville and Excel Contractors Inc. of Williamsport, bid on the project.

Bids for the project originally were taken in March 2007 but were deemed too high and were rejected. The cost of the project was reduced by eliminating electricity installation, which the parks department will pay for separately, Sterling said.

Sharpsburg plant change order OK'd

The county commissioners approved a change order for $121,383.26 Tuesday for work at the Sharpsburg water treatment plant.


The money will come out of the project's current budget, which has approximately $25,000 remaining, Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.

The money will pay for additional storage, piping and window improvements, and to relocate lab areas.

Grants approved for sheriff's department

The County Commissioners on Tuesday approved two grants for the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The Sex Offender Compliance Enforcement grant, issued by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, gives $26,000 to the sheriff's department to better monitor registered sex offenders, Col. Randy E. Wilkinson said.

The grant, which the department has received for three years, pays for two part-time positions to check in at the homes and workplaces of registered sex offenders in the county.

If they cannot be located, the sheriff's department issues warrants for arrest.

A second allocation, the federal Justice Assistance Grant, is split between the city and county and will give the sheriff's department $22,181 to spend on "special projects, events and technology needs," Sgt. Daryl L. Sanders said.

Wilkinson said the sheriff's department uses the grant, which has been given to the county for about a decade, to focus on high-crime areas.

"If we have an area with a spike of thefts or robberies, for example, we'll allocate some resources in that area," Wilkinson said.

Change order OK'd for courthouse fixes

A change order for safety improvements at the Washington County Courthouse was approved Tuesday by the County Commissioners.

The $27,101 change order will pay for security updates at the courthouse, according to Washington County Director of Special Projects Gary W. Rohrer.

The courthouse entrance on Washington Street will be closed; the entrance on Summit Avenue will become the main courthouse entrance.

The money will pay for cameras, electronic locks and alarms at the Washington Street door, which will be used only in emergencies, Rohrer said.

The need for a change order was discussed by the commissioners during their July 24 meeting.

Water and sewer panel member OK'd

A two-term member of the county's water and sewer commission was approved Tuesday for a third term.

The County Commissioners unanimously approved the reappointment of Scott Schubel, whose term expires Oct. 30.

The members of the water and sewer commission serve three-year terms.

The commissioners also discussed a list of potential candidates for a vacant position on the water and sewer commission.

The commission, which usually has five members, has been one person short since Clarence Scheer left about a year ago, Schubel said.

The commissioners asked Glenn Fishack to reduce the list to three candidates to bring back to the board for final approval.

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