Washington County briefs

September 23, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

Md. Transportation Secretary to meet with County officials

Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley will meet with Washington County officials next week to discuss transportation issues affecting the county, Washington County Planning Director Michael C. Thompson said.

The meeting will be open to the public, Thomspon said. It will be Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. in Room 225 of the County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St., Thompson said.

Some discussion points at the meeting will be federal support of area highways, traffic backups on U.S. 340, the intersection project at Edgewood Drive and U.S. 40, streets in municipalities, public transportation and at-grade railroad crossings, Thompson said.

Swaim-Staley, a Hagerstown native, was sworn in as transportation secretary Sept. 1.

Commissioners vote 5-0 to spend $12,000 to document historic resources

The Washington County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to spend $12,000 from the Historic District Commission budget and accept up to $17,400 in matching grant funds from Maryland Historical Trust to document historic resources in the rural Washington County communities of Brownsville, Bakersville, Gapland and Weverton.


The work will be the fifth phase of a Rural Community Survey that already has been completed in several other county towns, Washington County Chief Planner Stephen Goodrich said.

The surveys are conducted by a consultant and produce a narrative history of the town as well as a prioritized list of historic resources in the town, Goodrich said. Those inventories will be available to the public and are used in making historic zoning designations and determining when demolition permits must be reviewed by the Historic District Commission, Goodrich said.

Commissioners OK amendments to subdivision ordinance

The Washington County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve text amendments to the county's subdivision ordinance recommended by the Washington County Planning Commission.

The amendments include expanded definitions of a "lot," "lot of record" and "lot lines" and changes to the procedure for submitting subdivision applications.

The amendments were the subject of a public hearing June 23.

September proclaimed 'Prostate Cancer Awareness Month'

The Washington County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring September 2009 "Prostate Cancer Awareness Month" in Washington County and urging health care providers to communicate with men about their personal risk factors and options for early screening for the disease.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men in the United States, according to the proclamation. Its main risk factor is age, with about 63 percent of diagnosed cases occurring after age 65, but race and family history are also risk factors, the proclamation said.

$97,590 change order approved to replace storm gutters at landfill

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a change order for $97,590 on the Resh Road Landfill closure cap to replace storm gutters that have failed to stand up to heavy storms.

The first time a storm displaced the gutters, the contractor, Kinsley Construction, replaced them free of charge, but after the second time, officials agreed they needed to be replaced with lined channels, according to a report by engineers in the county's Division of Environmental Management.

Money for the change was available in the project budget, which had more than $3 million left over because the $6.7 million project bid was less than the $10.4 million budgeted, according to the report.

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