Washington County briefs

December 12, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

District raises fees on large subdivisions

The Washington County Soil Conservation District will raise its inspection fees for large subdivisions and commercial construction next year.

The fee increase, which was approved unanimously Tuesday by the county commissioners, will affect erosion and sediment control site plan reviews and five-year update inspections at local quarries. It will not affect builders of single homes, who still will pay the standard $100 erosion and sediment control fee, according to Elmer Weibly, manager of the soil conservation district.

For site plan reviews, which are submitted by developers of subdivisions and commercial properties and are charged by the acre, a $175 application fee will be added. Fees per acre also will increase to $85 for the first 50 acres and $15 for every acre after that.

Weibly said the fee increases are needed in part to pay for an additional staff member who will conduct pre- and post-plan meetings with developers.


Review fees last were raised in March 2005.

The new rates will go into effect Jan. 1.

Commissioners OK airport land purchase

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a settlement between Hagerstown Regional Airport and a nearby property owner that eventually will allow the airport to acquire the property.

The house at 14220 Maugansville Road is near the airport's runway and in the runway protection zone. The Federal Aviation Administration requires a buffer zone around airport runways and helps airports purchase land around those runways.

The settlement includes $225,000 for the house and land as well as $14,900 to offset future rental costs for the homeowner, Pearl Reedy.

Under the agreement, Reedy will live in the house for free for one year, then will pay rent until she no longer lives in the house.

"She can stay as long as she wants," Airport Fire Chief Phil Ridenour said.

The agreement is contingent on FAA approval.

The agreement was approved 4-0 by the commissioners. Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire was out of the room during the vote.

Gang intelligence grant approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a $39,600 state grant for the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The grant will pay for cameras, recording equipment and staff training for gang intelligence gathering and sharing. It will be used by the sheriff department's newly created Gang Intelligence Unit, which gathers information on local gang activity and shares that information with local law enforcement agencies.

The grant was awarded by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. It is a one-time grant with no local match.

Money transferred for Maugans Avenue

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the transfer of $268,800 from the capital improvements budget to pay for expenses related to the Maugans Avenue widening project.

The money was needed for repairs to a sinkhole that opened up near the Maugans Avenue Car Wash.

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