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Washington County Commission briefs

July 27, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

Deal approved for landfill gas flaring operation



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with a renewable energy company for a landfill gas flaring operation at the closed Resh Road Landfill.

The contract, similar to one already approved for the active Forty West Landfill, allows Washington Renewable Energy LLC to install and operate a gas flare system at its own expense and entitles the county to a percentage of the company's revenue from the sale of carbon credits earned by destroying the harmful greenhouse gas.

The county had planned to install its own landfill gas collection system at the Resh Road Landfill to meet state requirements, but that system would not have allowed the county to earn carbon credits, said Clifford J. Engle, who heads the county's Solid Waste Department.

Engle said the county could potentially see $25,000 in revenue in the first year, depending on actual gas volumes collected.

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Washington Renewable Energy LLC would invest more than $500,000 in the project and construction could begin in August, Engle said.

Building Systems awarded $696,419 bridge rehabilitation contract



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the award of a $696,419 bridge rehabilitation contract to the only bidder, Building Systems Inc. of Hagerstown.

The contract is for the rehabilitation of the Barnes Road bridge over Beaver Creek, a concrete-arch bridge reported to be in poor condition and in need of immediate repairs.

Traffic will be detoured from the start of construction until Dec. 15, at which time the road will be reopened until April 15, when the road again will be closed to traffic until May 18 to complete the work, officials said. Appropriate signs will be posed and road-closure notices will be made about two weeks before closing the bridge.

The full construction cost with inspection, testing and a contingency is estimated at $821,419, with 80 percent of the funding coming from the federal government.

Commissioners to maintain additional position in Sheriff's Department



The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to maintain an additional position in the Sheriff's Department for a former Williamsport deputy until a position opens for him.

Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore requested the temporary position after the Town of Williamsport decided not to renew its contract for one of two deputies assigned to provide extra coverage to the town, leaving Deputy Jason Willison out of a job.

The commissioners agreed in June to keep Willison until the end of July, and they voted unanimously Tuesday to extend that additional position until an spot opens in the department. At the latest, the department will have an opening in May when a school resource officer plans to leave to take a full-time ministry position, Mullendore said.

Willison will be assigned to a problem-oriented policing group, the sheriff said.

Advertisement approved for operator position at wastewater treatment plant



The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve advertisement of an operator position at the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant. The full-time position, grade nine on the county's salary scale, is vacant due to a resignation, human resources director George William Sonnik III said.

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