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Washington County briefs

August 03, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

Local builder only member of the development community to speak at stormwater hearing



Local builder Tim Fields was the only member of the development community to speak Tuesday morning at a public hearing on a proposed Washington County Stormwater Management, Grading, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control ordinance.

Fields thanked county staff for keeping builders in the loop about the proposed changes but asked the commissioners to do what they could to reduce the added burden on builders. He estimated the new requirements would add as much as $7,000 in additional engineering, surveying and documents to his typical home-building project.

The new ordinance is needed to bring the county's ordinance into compliance with state requirements, officials have said.

The commissioners will review potential revisions to the proposed ordinance on Aug. 24 and could potentially vote on whether to adopt it at that time, County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said.

Commissioners to renew contract for inspection services for landfill-related construction projects



The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to renew the county's contract with Cumberland Geoscience Consultants of Carlisle, Pa., for inspection services for landfill-related construction projects.

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The renewal is for year three of the contract, which was awarded in October 2008, County Purchasing Agent Karen R. Luther said. The second year of the contract maintained the original hourly rates, but those rates are increasing about 3 percent for year three, she said.

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