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Washington County briefs

March 30, 2011

134 acres near Keedysville preserved
The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a Rural Legacy Program easement that will preserve about 134 acres near Keedysville.
State funds will pay for the $686,551.51 easement on the land of Delbert and Delores Huffer, said Eric Seifarth, Washington County rural preservation administrator.
Since 1998, Washington County has been awarded almost $13 million to purchase rural legacy easements on nearly 4,200 acres near Antietam Battlefield, Seifarth said.

Commissioners appoint 9 to boards
The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved nine appointments to boards and commissions, including:
• Scott Shank was appointed to the Washington County Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors for a five-year term.
• Brett Wilson was reappointed to the Hagerstown Regional Airport Advisory Commission for a second, three-year term.
• Norman Morin was appointed to a first, three-year term on the Hagerstown Regional Airport Advisory Commission.
• Matt Harsh was appointed as a full member on the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals to fulfill an unexpired term. He was previously an alternate member.
• Robert Coblentz was appointed as an alternate member to the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals.
• Robert Coblentz and Brent Taylor were appointed to the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland as private citizen representatives.
• Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy and Williamsport Mayor James McCleaf were appointed to the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland as mayoral representatives, for terms extending through December 2, 2014.

County, Hagerstown reach fire police pact
The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved an agreement with the city of Hagerstown regarding the appointment of fire police personnel.
The “memorandum of understanding” formalizes an understanding about the appointment of fire police working for fire and rescue companies within the city, Assistant County Attorney Andrew F. Wilkinson said.
While state law requires the county sheriff to appoint fire police, there is no employer-employee relationship between the sheriff’s office or the county and those personnel, the agreement said.

County purchasing agent recognized
Brandi Naugle, a procurement specialist in the Washington County’s purchasing department, was recognized Tuesday for earning a Distinguished Service Award from by the Maryland Public Purchasing Association, Inc.
Naugle, a county employee since 2003, is viewed by MPPA members as a “’go to’ person for information and resources,” the county said in a news release.
Washington County Board of Commissioners President Terry Baker presented Naugle with a Certificate of Merit and congratulated her on the achievement.

Contract for property appraisals awarded
The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday awarded a contract for real property appraisal services, selecting Bowers Appraisal Service, LLP of Hagerstown as the primary provider and Diversified Property Services of Timonium, Md., as the secondary provider.
The contractors will be used on an as-needed basis and paid based on unit prices, according to a report from Purchasing Agent Karen Luther. Bids were evaluated based on the sum of those unit prices.
Bowers Appraisal Service submitted the lowest bid of $28,755, and Diversified Property Services submitted the second-lowest bid of $109,600, according to Luther’s report.

— Heather Keels

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