Washington County Commissioner briefs

October 23, 2007

Contracts approved for work on water tanks

The Washington County Commissioners approved two contracts Tuesday for work on the Sharpsburg and Highfield water tanks.

A $330,000 contract to rehabilitate and repair the tanks was awarded to Utility Service Co. of Perry, Ga.

The contract will include work on the exteriors and interiors of the 200,000-gallon Sharpsburg tank and the 400,000-gallon Highfield tank.

The contract is scheduled to begin April 1, 2008.

Also approved Tuesday was a $127,854 contract to perform maintenance work at the Sharpsburg and Highfield water tanks.

The contract was awarded to Southern Corrosion Inc. of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and will be paid over six years for about $20,000 per year.

The contract will include inspection, cleaning of graffiti, emergency repairs and other maintenance.

The county currently does not have a company hired to do maintenance on the tanks, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.


He said that can be a problem when emergencies occur and the county has to hire a company quickly.

The commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the contracts. Commissioner William J. Wivell did not vote for the maintenance contract because there was only one bid and he said he was not sure the work was necessary as the tanks are being rehabilitated.

Commissioners approve change order for runway project

The Washington County Commissioners approved a $499,741.02 change order Tuesday for the runway expansion project at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The change order will pay for excavation behind abutments and retaining walls, an addition to the pump station, retaining walls along Byers Road, the removal of trees along the runway's approach path, an access ramp for Verizon, a sanitary sewer bypass pump around Pennsylvania Ave., and manhole and electrical work.

The change order was approved 4-1, with Commissioner William J. Wivell voting against it.

Commissioners approve several fire and emergency grants

More than $500,000 in grants for the Washington County Department of Fire and Emergency Services were approved Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

The grants included the State of Maryland Homeland Security grant and three grants from the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

The Homeland Security grant, which totaled $474,649, will pay for several training programs, the salary for the county's emergency planner and will partially fund the public safety radio communications project.

The MIEMSS grants will pay for cardiac defibrillators, life support training programs and oxygen therapy treatment machines.

The county will pay a 50 percent match for two of the grants. The county's contribution will total $10,705.

E-citation program approved

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies soon will be able to issue electronic traffic citations.

A state grant approved Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners will allow the sheriff's department to buy scanners and printers for police vehicles. That equipment will be used to scan license and registration information and print citations electronically.

Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said officers no longer will have to write out citations.

"It's going to save a lot of time, both for officers and violators," Mullendore said.

The electronic citations will be issued for all traffic violations. In cases where more than one charge has to be issued, they can be combined on one electronic ticket. Deputies previously had to write separate citations for each violation.

The state grant was for $28,590. The sheriff's department will contribute $9,530 from its own budget for the program.

Cline appointed to EDC Board

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Jeff Cline to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Board.

Cline will replace J.D. Rinehart, whose term on the 12-member board expired June 30, 2007.

A Williamsport Town Council member, Cline will serve as the board's representative from the Maryland Municipal League, an organization of towns and cities across the state.

His three-year term will expire June 30, 2010.

? Joshua Bowman

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