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Washington County notes

February 22, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

County wants to buy buildings...and wait

Washington County is eyeing up several properties for sale around the county's administration building at 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

Washington County Attorney John M. Martirano said Thursday that the county wants to buy the building that houses PNC Bank next to the administration offices, the parking lot behind that building, a nearby building on Franklin Street and two adjacent parking lots.

In total, the property will cost $4.6 million, some or all of which would come out of the county's general fund.

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County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said Thursday that the county has been looking for buildings to use for joint city and county services and that the properties likely will be used in that fashion.

However, he said the buildings will stay vacant until the county decides how to use them.

"It's more of an opportunity than anything right now," Murray said.

The county commissioners will hold a public hearing on the purchases during their March 4 meeting at 2 p.m.

County to hold public meeting about Funkstown bridge

The Washington County Engineering Department will hold a community meeting March 6 regarding the upcoming closure of a stone-arch bridge in Funkstown.

The meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in Funkstown Town Hall at 30 E. Baltimore St.

The bridge is scheduled to be closed for about five months starting this spring so the historic structure can be rehabilitated.

Some shop owners near the bridge have said that the closure will hurt their business.

Washington County Bridge Engineer Scott Hobbs will talk during the meeting about why the project is being done and how it will affect traffic in the area. He also will answer questions.

If weather is bad on March 6, the meeting will be postponed until March 7.

People who cannot attend may call Bridge Engineer Scott Hobbs at 240-313-2407 with questions about the project.

The county is asking those who need special accommodations to call 240-313-2077 by Thursday, Feb. 28.

Communications tower public meeting

Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said Tuesday that he will hold a public informational meeting next month on a proposed public safety communications tower to be built at the intersection of Keep Tryst and Sandy Hook roads.

The meeting will be Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, which is on Md. 67 south of Brownsville.

The tower is one of many proposed to support a new 911 communications system, which will allow all police and fire and rescue departments in Washington County to communicate with each other.

Public testimony will not be allowed but written comments can be submitted at the meeting and for 10 days afterward, Kroboth said.

Comments submitted after the meeting can be mailed to Washington County Public Works, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

People may call the public works department at 240-313-2357 for more information.

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