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Washington County Commissioners briefs

April 17, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

County budget hearing rescheduled

Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said Tuesday that the county has rescheduled its public hearing for the county's budget to May 20 at 7 p.m.

The hearing originally was scheduled for May 13, but has been pushed back to allow the County Commissioners time to finish reviewing the budget proposal for fiscal 2009, which begins in July.

The hearing still will be held at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

Preliminary drafts of the fiscal 2009 operating budget project $206.9 million in spending.

Solid Waste purchases approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved several bids for the Solid Waste Department.

The department will lease a crawler bulldozer from Alban Tractor of Baltimore for $37,847 for five years and a hydraulic crawler elevator from Valley Equipment and Supply of Hagerstown for $50,074.84 for five years.

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Both lease prices include trade-ins on used equipment.

In addition, the county commissioners approved a $226,350 bid from AmTran Inc. of Baltimore to haul leachate from the county's landfills for disposal.

Youth meritorious awards given out

Five local students were given the Washington County Commissioners' Youth Meritorious Awards for January through April on Tuesday.

Commissioners President John F. Barr gave out the awards as follows:

· January - Stacey Pittman

Pittman, a senior at Hancock Middle/Senior High School, helped create the school newspaper and worked as yearbook editor. She also plays on the school's basketball and softball teams and is a member of the Honor Club.

· February - Caitlin Wolfe

Wolfe, a senior at Boonsboro High School, is president of the school's Service Club, through which she led a schoolwide campaign to advocate an end to child executions in Iran and helped prepare a dance marathon to benefit the Washington County American Cancer Society.

· March - Catherine Hess

Hess, a junior at Hancock Middle/Senior High School, plays on the school's soccer and track teams and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also serves on the Prom Committee and is enrolled in Honors and AP classes.

· April - Emily Winters

Winters, an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School, is a student council and peer leadership member. She also is the school volleyball team captain and has been a member of All-County Chorus. She has been on Distinguished Honor Roll her entire school career.

· April - Kirsten Humphrey

Humphrey, a senior at Boonsboro High School, is the secretary for the school's chapter of the National Honor Society, for which she worked as the chairperson of the chapter's American Red Cross gift-wrapping project.

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