Washington County briefs

February 20, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

County OKs money to move portables

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.5 million to move portable classrooms used by Washington County Public Schools.

The 18 portables are now at Pangborn, Maugansville and Fountain Rock elementary schools and must be moved in June, according to Boyd Michael, assistant superintendent for school operations.

Pangborn and Maugansville elementary schools are being demolished this summer to make way for new schools, while Fountain Rock will be expanded to include a cafeteria.

Michael said the portables will be moved to nine different schools.

The funds will be advanced from the school system's fiscal year 2009 capital budget.

Rural Legacy easements approved

The county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the use of state funds to buy Rural Legacy Program easements on 204 acres in Washington County.


The remainder of a $1.8-million state grant from fiscal year 2007, about $958,000, was spent to preserve the Bonnard Morgan farm in southern Washington County.

Under the Rural Legacy Program, farm owners are paid not to subdivide or sell their land to developers.

Washington County has preserved more than 3,000 acres near Antietam National Battlefield through the program, according to Eric Seifarth, county land preservation planner.

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