Washington County briefs

October 06, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

Commissioners OK $65,913 change order for pump station

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $65,913.80 change order to the contract for the Cedar Spring Pump Station due to construction delays and changes to reflect actual construction costs.

The contractor, C. William Hetzer, was "unduly delayed" by the county not providing permanent power to the site before the contract completion date, according to a report by Mark D. Bradshaw, deputy director of the county's division of environmental management.

The delay in providing power occurred because an overhead power line was determined to be inadequate, requiring the county to access an underground power line, Bradshaw wrote in the report.

The contractor was delayed by 68 working days at a cost of $35,604.80, he wrote.

In addition, actual costs were $30,309 more than bid estimates, and an extra component needed to be added for $7,667, Bradshaw wrote.


The change order requires a budget transfer of an additional $37,609 from the general fund, Bradshaw wrote.

The pump station, which supports the Hopewell Valley Industrial Park, is complete and ready for operation, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.

County to advertise for highway department employee

The Washington County Commissioners gave their approval Tuesday for the county to advertise an opening for a highway department employee responsible for snow plowing, tree trimming and other road maintenance work in the western end of the county.

The position is Grade 6 on the county's salary scale, which starts at an annual salary of $23,808.

The position will be advertised in-house for one week before being opened to the public if a suitable in-house candidate is not found, Human Resources Director George William Sonnik III said.

The person who held the position has accepted a job with another county department, Sonnik said.

October proclaimed 'Disability Awareness Month'

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a proclamation declaring October 2009 as "Disability Awareness Month" in the county and commending the county's Disability Advisory Committee for its 10 years of service to the community.

The advisory committee works with the commissioners to remove physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers to people with disabilities in the governmental and private sectors, the proclamation said.

The committee also announced it would host an awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center at Hagerstown Community College.

The awards event will include a keynote speech by Michael Collins, executive director of the National Council on Disability, county spokesman Norman Bassett said.

Those wishing to attend the event may register by calling 301-790-2800, ext. 565, by Oct. 16, Bassett said.

Human Resources employee's contributions recognized

Washington County Human Resources employee Carrie Aaron was recognized with a certificate of merit Tuesday for her contributions to the department.

Since joining the department in May 2008, Aaron has completed a MBA from Mount St. Mary's University and become certified as an HR professional by the Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resources Director George William Sonnik III said.

"We're very, very pleased with Carrie's work ethic and all the suggestions and energy that she brings to the job," Sonnik said.

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