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Washington County briefs

April 16, 2010

Zoning change for library considered

Washington County officials agreed this week to consider a change to the county zoning ordinance that would allow a temporary library branch in the North Pointe Shopping Center.

The proposed location hit a road block because it's in a zoning district where libraries are not listed as a permitted use.

Washington County Commissioner James F. Kercheval, who sits on the county planning commission, said the commission had discussed the matter and had no objection to having libraries in retail areas.

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The change would require a text amendment to the zoning ordinance, a process that involves public hearings before, and review by, both the planning commission and the county commissioners.

The commissioners reached a consensus Tuesday to have county legal staff draft a text amendment and report back to them about potential dates for public hearings on the matter.

Health Department building to get new roof

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $196,900 contract to Kline Associated Roof Contractors of Hagerstown for the replacement of the roof of the Washington County Health Department building at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave.

The existing roof is at least 30 years old and might be 50 or 60 years old, Health Officer Earl Stoner said. Leaks have led to water damage and frequent ceiling tile replacements in several areas, Stoner said.

The roof replacement will be funded from remaining grant funds, case formula and other monies for building and ground maintenance, according to a report submitted by the health department.

The other bids for the project were:

o Bonded Applicators, $201,375

o Heidler Roofing, $236,950

o Boblits Enterprises, $243,300

o J&K Contracting Inc., $259,400

Weigh clerk vacancy to be advertised

The Washington County Commissioners gave their approval Tuesday for the county to advertise an opening for a weigh clerk position at the Forty West Landfill that has been vacant for several months due to a retirement.

The position will be advertised internally first, Human Resources Director George W. "Bill" Sonnik III said.

--Heather Keels

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