Washington County briefs

March 31, 2009

Commissioners to pay $12,888 to fix
Memorial Recreation Center pool

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to pay $12,888 for repairs and safety upgrades to the swimming pool at Memorial Recreation Center.

The money will come out of the county's hotel/motel tax fund for the current fiscal year so the center can proceed with the repairs right away, the commissioners said.

A new federal law requires that the pool modify its drains and add safety covers before it can open for the season.

The commissioners turned down a request for a $10,000 pool cover, suggesting that the center request those funds through the county gaming office. If the gaming office does not pay for the pool cover, the commissioners said they would reconsider the request.


The Memorial Recreation pool is used on weekdays by a City of Hagerstown summer camp and the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Memorial Recreation Board President Gary Graves said. Graves said he also hopes to open the pool for recreational use on Saturdays this summer.

Plaque dedicates bridge to former public works director Gary W. Rohrer

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unveiled a plaque dedicating the rehabilitated Funkstown bridge to Gary W. Rohrer, who served as the county's first public works director, beginning in 1992.

Rohrer is passionate about the preservation of historic bridges, Commissioners President John F. Barr said.

Rohrer currently serves as the county's director of special projects. He has said he plans to retire this fall.

County to renew contract for plumbing and heating maintenance services

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to renew its contract with Beaver Mechanical Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown for plumbing and heating maintenance services.

The contractor's hourly rates are going up 2.5 percent for plumbers and helpers, and 1.5 percent for consulting and design service, said the county's buyer, Rick Curry.

County to renew contract with uniform company for Sheriff's Department

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to renew their contract with Red the Uniform Tailor Inc. of Lakewood, N.J., for uniforms for the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The prices per unit of some individual uniform items are going up slightly, purchasing agent Karen R. Luther said. The biggest increases are a 9.66 percent jump in one type of trousers from $72.50 to $72.90, due to a switch to a new type of material; and a 10 percent jump in cloth name strips from $5 to $5.50 because they are more expensive to make on an as-needed basis than they were when initially purchased in bulk, Luther said.

- Heather Keels

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