Washington County briefs

December 23, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

Washington Co. Commissioners vote to reduce amount of loan to T. Rowe Price

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to reduce the amount of the county's conditional loan to T. Rowe Price from $810,000 to $736,206.

The county approved the loan in February as an incentive for the global investment management company to build a 60,000-square-foot backup data-recovery center at the intersection of Md. 632 and Rench Road. At that time, the company projected it would invest $75 million in the facility.

Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Deputy Director Robin Ferree told the commissioners that due to low construction costs, the company's capital investment had dropped to $68 million, which would reduce the anticipated tax revenue by 7.84 percent, so the commissioners agreed to reduce the loan accordingly.

Fred Frederick to fill an unexpired term on Economic Development Commission

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to appoint Fred Frederick, president of Frederick, Seibert and Associates Inc., to fill an unexpired term on the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission board of directors through 2012. He will replace developer Mike Deming, who resigned from the commission, County Clerk Vicki Lumm said.


The county commissioners also reappointed Kimberly Murdaugh, executive director of the Walnut Street Community Health Center, to a second term on the Advisory Commission to the Board of Health.

Commissioners agree to piggyback on Baltimore County mapping technology services contract

The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to piggyback on a Baltimore County contract to purchase mapping technology services from Smart Data Strategies Inc. of Franklin, Tenn.

The contract is for $350,576.45, plus additional services as required.

It is for Geographic Information System (GIS) technology that will be used to digitize county property maps and align property lines with aerial photographs to increase accuracy and eliminate overlaps and voids, county GIS manager Bud Gudmundson said.

The project will cost $413,712 and will probably be funded entirely through grants, Gudmundson said. In June, the county accepted a $348,018 grant for the project from the Maryland Emergency Numbers System Board. The commissioners voted Tuesday to accept a $65,694 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

County to advertise internally to replace survey party chief

Washington County will be advertising internally to replace its survey party chief, who recently announced he is retiring at the end of the year, Human Resources Director George William Sonnik III said.

The county has a two-person survey team that includes the chief and a survey party technician, Sonnik said. He said it would be inefficient to operate with only one of them.

The Washington County Commissioners authorized Sonnik to advertise the position.

Change orders approved for three county projects

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved change orders for three county projects:

o A change order on the aircraft rescue firefighting facility being built at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Value engineering resulted in a savings of $110,768 and miscellaneous field changes resulted in an increase, with a net savings of $79,861.

o A quantity adjustment change order on the Resh Road Landfill closure cap project in the amount of $720,743.22. The project quantities needed to be adjusted for overruns and credits, such as the need for processing of cover material for a rubble fill, officials said.

o A change order for the enhanced nutrient removal project at the county's wastewater treatment plant to Buchart-Horn Inc. in the amount of $78,700. The additional cost is for Buchart-Horn to evaluate a new technology being tested at the plant called BioMag and, if the pilot work is successful, to modify its enhanced nutrient removal design to include the BioMag process, said Mark Bradshaw, deputy director of environmental management.

-- Heather Keels

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