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Washington Co. Commissioners briefs

May 19, 2010

Interest rate on General Obligation bonds is lowest in county's history



The interest rate on Washington County General Obligation bonds authorized for issuance Tuesday was the lowest in county history, financial adviser Lester Guthorn said.

The overall interest rate was 2.877 percent.

The Washington County Commissioners approved the issuance of $33,070,000 in the 20-year bonds after Guthorn opened and evaluated online bids.

Low bidders were Davenport and Co. LLC for the 2010A series, J.P. Morgan for 2010B series and Davenport and Co. LLC for 2010 C Series refunding bonds.

The bonds include $18.78 million in new funding to be used for educational construction, environmental projects and public safety projects. The remaining amount is for refunding of the 2001 and 2002 bonds, which saved the county $1.23 million in interest.

Historic award presented to owner and restorer of Kennedy Farm



The 2009 John Frye Historic Preservation Award was presented Tuesday to South Lynn in recognition of his efforts to promote historic preservation in Washington County.

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Lynn is the owner and restorer of the historic Kennedy Farm near Sharpsburg and has carefully restored and maintained the Kennedy Farmhouse for more than 35 years, said Thomas B. Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For several months, that two-story log house served as the residence for John Brown and his army of 21 abolitionists who ate, slept and armed themselves for the raid on Harper's Ferry, Riford said.

2009 Residential and Building Code books donated to Technical High School, Barr Construction Institute



The International Code Council on Tuesday donated five sets of its 2009 Residential and Building Code books to Washington County Technical High School and five sets to the Barr Construction Institute, the education center of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

The books contain the latest code requirements that will be adopted by Washington County in the next few weeks, county permits and inspections director Daniel F. DiVito said. The county Permits and Inspection Department has nine Inspectors who are graduates of Tech High, DiVito said.

County accepts grants for the Washington County Sheriff's Department



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the acceptance of five grants for the Washington County Sheriff's Department:

o $18,000 from Badges for Baseball, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention for a crime prevention and mentoring program that includes baseball- and softball-themed activities.

o $42,039 in state and federal grants for Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement

o $21,895 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant

o $15,000 School Bus Safety Enforcement grant for overtime patrols by deputies from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention

o $94,721 from the Department of Justice Recovery Act to upgrade the department's vehicle impound lot.

Callas Contractors awarded transit garage facility maintenance contract



The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to award a $220,388.60 transit garage facility maintenance contract to Callas Contractors.

The project includes repairs and improvements to the existing Washington County Commuter transit garage facility just north of the intersection of West Washington Street and Devonshire Road in Hagerstown.

The contract is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and grants from the Maryland Transit Administration.

Callas Contractors was the lowest of four bidders for the project. The other bids were $238,565 from Huntzberry Brothers Inc., $257,979.65 from L.W. Wolfe Enterprises Inc., and $280,904.69 from Henson & Son.

Commissioners OK updates to Progressive Discipline and Dismissal Policy



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved updates to the county's Progressive Discipline and Dismissal Policy.

The changes are the latest in a series of policy revisions by the Department of Human Resources as part of a departmental goal.

The revisions included examples of unacceptable behavior, an electronic warning report form and procedural changes for discipline and dismissal of employees.

Accounts Receivable Technician position to be advertised



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the advertisement of an Accounts Receivable Technician position opening in the Treasurer's Department.

The position has been vacant since January due to a retirement. It pays a base salary of $27,809 per year.

Sheriff's Department uniforms contract awarded



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $52,068.75 contract for Sheriff's Department uniforms to Red the Uniform Tailor Inc. of Lakewood, N.J.

Red the Uniform Tailor was one of only two bidders for the contract, and the other was considered nonresponsive due to a missed deadline, according to a report from purchasing department buyer Rick Curry.

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