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Washington County briefs

August 27, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Money approved for JFK 50 Mile

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-0 to help pay for police and emergency services support for this year's JFK 50 Mile, an annual ultramarathon that is run through Washington County.

The money for the extra services, estimated at $2,500, will come from hotel-motel tax revenue.

The race, which will be Nov. 22, draws more than 1,200 participants every year and accounts for more than 2,600 daily hotel room bookings, said Thomas B. Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Construction contracts awarded

Two construction bids were unanimously approved Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

Wastler Construction Inc. of Frederick, Md., won a contract to improve drainage at San Mar and Mountain Laurel roads with a low bid of $228,585.

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Lone Star Builders Inc. of Williamsport was awarded a contract to replace a pedestrian bridge at Devil's Backbone Park after submitting a low bid of $154,831.95 for that project.

Both projects, which are budgeted in the county's Capital Improvement Plan, received more than five bids.

Robert J. Slocum, Washington County deputy director of public works, said a construction slowdown seems to have increased the number of construction bids that the county has received lately.

Agricultural easement list approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a list of farms to be appraised for state agricultural easements.

The properties, which have been ranked according to recently approved ranking criteria, will be eligible to receive funding under the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

Eric Seifarth, Washington County rural preservation administrator, said only three or four of the farms likely will receive money this year, but the state asks for 10 applications.

The commissioners approved the list on a 2-1 vote.

Commissioners President John F. Barr and Commissioner James F. Kercheval voted to approve the list, while Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire voted against it.

Aleshire previously has said that the ranking system gives unfair weight to farms that are contiguous to existing agricultural easements.

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