Washington County briefs

May 20, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

County to accept more funding from organization

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to accept additional grant funding for the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is responsible for long-term planning for the region's transportation needs.

The changes will raise the organization's fiscal year 2009 budget about 30 percent, to $503,724 from $385,099. It will also require Washington County to raise its matching funds for the fiscal year to $29,253 from $20,854.

The additional funds are necessary for the organization to complete federally mandated updates to transportation plans, which must be finished by fiscal year 2010, organization director Robert Gordon said.

$88,206.74 change order approved for runway project

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a change order to the runway rehabilitation project at Hagerstown Regional Airport that adds $88,206.74 to the $8.3 million contract.


The additional cost covers the filling of a drainage ditch, the grading and seeding of areas along U.S. 11, and adjustments to the original contract to cover actual "as-built" quantities, according to a report from airport manager Carolyn S. Motz.

The change order closes out package four of the project, Motz said. The only remaining work on the runway project involves demolition on residential land and settlement on three land parcels, she said.

The commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the change order, with Commissioner William J. Wivell against it.

County sells $22.4 million worth of bonds

Washington County sold about $22.4 million worth of bonds Tuesday to M&T Securities Inc., which offered an interest cost to the county of about 3.3 percent through an online bidding system.

The interest rate was probably the lowest the county has ever seen, financial adviser Lester B. Guthorn said. The low bids were partially due to the county's high bond rating, he said.

Of the $22.4 million, about $16.6 million is "new money" and the rest is for refunding of 1999 bonds, Guthorn said.

M&T was one of six bidders for the bonds. Their true interest cost bids were:

o M&T Securities Inc., 3.32 percent

o Davenport & Co. LLC, 3.35 percent

o Merrill Lynch & Co., 3.37 percent

o Morgan Keegan & Co., 3.39 percent

o Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc, 3.47 percent

o BMO Capital Markets, 3.49 percent

Hagerstown company awarded HVAC contract

Miller & Anderson Inc. of Hagerstown was awarded a contract Tuesday for heating, venting, air conditioning and automatic temperature controls maintenance services at Washington County facilities.

The contract is for one year, with options to renew for up to four additional years.

Miller & Anderson was one of five companies that submitted bids for the contract, buyer Rick Curry said.

Their bids for one year of specific services plus 150 technician hours and 75 helper hours were:

o Miller & Anderson Inc. of Hagerstown, $209,925

o South Mountain Mechanical of Myersville, Md., $212,787

o Comfort Central Inc. of Hagerstown, $213,230

o Johnson Controls of Sparks, Md., $222,750

o Conditioned Air Systems of Frederick, Md., $237,990

Williamsport company awarded electric contract

Kube Electric Co. Inc. of Williamsport was awarded a contract Tuesday for electrical services at Washington County facilities and other sites, including county housing buildings.

The contract is for one year, starting July 1, with options to renew for up to four additional years.

Kube Electric was one of two companies that submitted bids for the contract, buyer Rick Curry said.

Kube Electric submitted a base bid of $32,850 for 1,200 hours of regular electrician labor and 250 hours of helper labor. The other bidder, Frances Simmons of Gainesville, Va., submitted a cost of $34,000 for the same services.

Baltimore company to serve as third-party administrator for workers' comp

CorVel Enterprise Co. Inc. of Baltimore was awarded a contract Tuesday to serve as third-party administrator for Washington County's workers' compensation system.

The contract is for one year, starting July 1, with options to renew for up to four additional years.

CorVel was one of three companies that submitted proposals and were deemed responsive and responsible, county purchasing agent Karen R. Luther said.

CorVel's proposed total lump sum fee for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 was $241,250.

Another company, Johns Eastern Co. Inc. of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., proposed a lower total of $185,750, but said it would charge extra for certain services, such as custom programming, Luther said. These variable costs would make budgeting impossible, Luther said.

The other proposal came from RCM&D Self Insured Services Co. of Towson, Md., which listed a total of $257,500.

The Washington County Commissioners voted 5-0 to award the contract to CorVel.

County recognizes EMS providers for 'Emergency Medical Services Week'

Washington County's Emergency Medical Services providers were recognized Tuesday when the Washington County Commissioners proclaimed the week of May 17 "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Washington County.

EMS providers complete thousands of hours of education and training in order to provide a vital public service that can dramatically improve the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury, according to the proclamation.

The week coincides with National Emergency Medical Services Week.

May declared 'Older American Month'

The Washington County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring the month of May "Older Americans Month" and urging citizens to take time this month to honor older adults.

Washington County has more than 30,000 citizens age 60 or older, the proclamation states. These citizens are valuable members of society and "promise to be among the most active and involved older citizens in our nation's history," it says.

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