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Washington County Commission briefs - Feb. 4

February 03, 2011

$170K budget transfer approved

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to transfer $170,000 from an intersection improvement project to an emergency housing unit at the Washington County Detention Center.

The contract with Palmer Construction for Phase 1A of the housing unit increased in cost because of issues related to water valves, unsuitable soils, door hardware, and security lighting, said Rob Slocum, deputy director of public works for capital projects engineering.

The soil on the project site was saturated from downspout drainage, and there was no time to dry it out, Slocum said.

The budget transfer used excess funds from an intersection improvement project at Halfway and Massey boulevards. The bid for that project came in $1.1 million lower than budgeted, Slocum said.



Plant job to be filled

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to advertise and fill a vacant senior plant operator position in the county Department of Water Quality.

The grade 10 position carries a minimum salary of $35,031.00.

Human Resources Director George William Sonnik III told the commissioners that the position, at the Smithsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant, occurred due to a retirement and a promotion.

— Heather Keels

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