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Washington County briefs

June 11, 2008

New emergency services director named

The Washington County Commissioners named Kevin L. Lewis as the county's new Emergency Services Director Tuesday night.

Lewis has worked as the department's interim director since January, when former Director John A. Latimer resigned to take a full-time job with his family's masonry firm.

Lewis was the department's deputy director for two years before becoming interim director.

Lewis said he is excited to work as the department's official director and, if the past six months have been any measure, he said he will have a lot of work ahead of him.

"Since I've been interim director, we've had the fire in Boonsboro and the storms last week," Lewis said.

He said he is also looking forward to finishing the county's communications center consolidation and 911 radio project upgrade.

Lewis will earn $78,016 and will be classified as a grade 19, step 5 employee.

His new title takes effect July 1.

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Commissioners meet in Smithsburg

The Washington County Commissioners held an evening meeting Tuesday in Smithsburg.

Almost a dozen residents attended the meeting at Smithsburg Town Hall. Most attended to ask the county commissioners what can be done about high water on properties on Angela Court in the newly built Whitetail subdivision.

Several people complained that their properties are not draining properly and said the developer, Ryan Homes, has done nothing to fix the problem.

"What we're dealing with is standing water. We're worried about mosquitoes breeding, algae, the stench and our basements flooding," Jay Wandalowski said.

County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth said the county is in litigation with Ryan Homes regarding problems with the development.

Kroboth also said the county is evaluating problems in the subdivision.

Tip jar fees increased

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a fee increase for tip jar licenses and stickers.

The cost of tip jar licenses will rise from $20 to $30 and stickers will go from $1 to $1.25 on July 1.

Washington County Gaming Commission Director James B. Hovis said the increase, which is the first since 1995, is needed to meet the gaming commission's budget.

-- Joshua Bowman

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