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Washington County briefs

September 01, 2010

Roads to be paved as part of federal program



Two additional roads will be paved as part of a federal stimulus-funded pavement resurfacing and rehabilitation project, Washington County Deputy Director of Public Works Robert Slocum said Tuesday.

The highest-priority roads were completed under budget, so the county is adding two priority-two roads to the contract, Slocum said.

The roads to be added are Mount Aetna Road from North Edgewood Drive to Yale Drive and Halfway Boulevard from Underpass Way to the I-81 bridge, he said.

The Washington County Commissioners approved a $233,000 change order to the contract with C. William Hetzer to allow for the change.

Boys & Girls Club to provide after-school programs



The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County will be the contractor to provide after-school programs for Washington County's Rural Out-of-School Time Initiative, the Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday.

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The program, funded with a $125,000 grant from the Maryland Governor's Office for Children, will provide five-day-a-week after-school programs for students in the Cascade, Hancock and Williamsport areas, said Melissa Nearchos, Project Manager for the Washington County Community Partership for Children and Families. The Williamsport program is a new addition this year, Nearchos said.

The Boys & Girls Club was the only provider to submit a proposal for the contract, according to a report from buyer Rick Curry.

HCC gets contract to provide education for teen parents



The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to award to Hagerstown Community College a contract for coordination of postsecondary education and training for teen parents.

The contract involves providing support, guidance, case managment and referrals to community resources for teen parents who are interested in getting their GEDs or advancing their education beyond high school. It is funded with a $61,020 grant from the Maryland Governor's Office for Children.

The county received two proposals for the contract, but only HCC's was deemed responsive, according to a report from buyer Rick Curry.

Contract awarded for compensation insurance coverage



New York Marine and General Insurance of New York City was awarded placement of the county excess workers compensation insurance coverage Tuesday.

The total premium for the policy year beginning Sept. 1 will be $88,335, a savings of about $20,300 below the budgeted premium level, according to a report from Risk Management Administrator Becky Maginnis.

Planners, Allegheny to discuss line upgrade



Washington County planning staff will attend a meeting with Allegheny Power this week to discuss a line upgrade project that passes through Washington County, Planning Director Michael Thompson told the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday.

Allegheny is propsing to replace existing wooden poles with higher, steel structures on its line from the Ringgold substation off of Md. 64 near Smithsburg to Frederick and Carroll counties, Thompson said.

This is not the PATH project and will use existing power company rights of way, he said.

County calls for leniency in inspection deadline



Washington County officials will not be enforcing the six-month deadline that was imposed for the first framing inspection for projects benefitting from the county's residential stimulus program, Permits and Inspections Director Daniel F. Divito said Tuesday.

The commissioners had called for leniency in enforcing that deadline because of harsh weather last winter, Divito said.

Letters sent to partipants said the county was still asking them to meet that goal, but that was not a requirement, Divito said. However, the letters stated that no extensions would be granted on the program's other deadline, which requires projects to receive use and occupancy permits within 18 months, he said.

-- Heather Keels

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