Washington County Commissioners briefs

April 30, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

County to make stoplights more energy efficient

Stoplights at 10 intersections in Washington County soon will be more energy efficient.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to replace the incandescent bulbs in some stoplights maintained by the Washington County Highway Department.

Washington County will pay $28,602 to buy the bulbs from Powhatan, Va.-based RGA Inc. under a contract the company has with Howard County, Md.

On Tuesday, Highway Department Supervisor Dave Shrader said LEDs use about one-tenth of the energy that incandescent bulbs use. The bulbs are also brighter and last five to nine years, compared to about a year or two for incandescents.


"With the energy savings, these bulbs will pay for themselves in two years," Shrader said.

Stoplights at the following intersections will be refitted with LED bulbs:

  • Robinwood Drive and Mount Aetna Road

  • Mount Aetna Road and Yale Drive

  • Robinwood Drive and Medical Campus Road

  • Robinwood Drive at Hagerstown Community College

  • Eastern Boulevard and Security Road

  • Halfway Boulevard and York Road

  • Halfway Boulevard and Hopewell Road

  • Massey Boulevard and Cole Road

  • Massey Boulevard at the JCPenney entrance

  • Massey Boulevard and Railway Lane

  • Jefferson Boulevard and Pangborn Boulevard

    Commercial rezoning moves forward

    The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday reached a consensus to rezone 17 acres owned by Bowman Development Corp. at the corner of Mack Truck Road and Precision Place.

    Bowman asked the county to rezone the property for commerical use, said Matt Donegan, manager of new business develoment for Bowman.

    Donegan did not say for what kind of commercial business the property will be used.

    The commissioners will take a formal vote on the rezoning at a later date.

    Washington County History Week includes tour

    The week of April 28 to May 4 was proclaimed Tuesday as Washington County History Week by County Commissioners President John F. Barr.

    Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Tom Riford talked during Tuesday's meeting about history week, which will be capped May 3 and 4 by the fifth annual Washington County Museum Ramble.

    The ramble is a tour of more than 20 local museums and historical sites, according to a brochure on the event.

    Most participating museums will be open free of charge.

    The ramble is a self-guided tour that will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    For more information, call the convention and visitors bureau at 301-791-3246.

    Older Americans Month proclaimed

    Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr on Tuesday proclaimed May 2008 as Older Americans Month.

    More than 28,000 people age 60 or older live in Washington County, according to a proclamation Barr presented to Commission on Aging Executive Director Susan J. MacDonald.

    The proclamation urges citizens to "work collaboratively to strengthen the services Washington County provides to our older adults..."

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