Washington County Commission briefs - April 15

April 14, 2011

This week declared Victims' Rights Week in the county

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring this week as Victims' Rights Week in the county.

"Crime exacts an emotional, physical, psychological, and financial toll on victims as they have lost loved ones, life savings, physical and mental health, and often their sense of security that has the potential to irrevocably change the course of their lives forever," the proclamation said.

The observation coincides with National Crime Victims' Rights week and a weeklong effort by the Washington County State's Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Unit to recognize those who work to lessen the negative effects of crime on victims, Victims' Rights Coordinator Jill Ritter said.

Contracts awarded for property acquisition services

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to award contracts for property acquisition services.

Diversified Property Services Inc. of Timonium, Md., was named the primary contractor, and Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson of Sparks, Md., the secondary contractor.

The contract involves helping the county acquire rights of way for public works projects, and the company will be paid based on the number of hours billed, according to a report from County Purchasing Agent Karen R. Luther.

The funds will come from the budgets for the individual projects requiring property acquisition services, her report said.

Diversified Property Services Inc. charges $85 an hour for a senior agent and $78 an hour for a nonsenior agent, while Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson charges $100 an hour for a senior agent and $75 an hour for a nonsenior agent, according to price proposal tabulations.

They were the only two firms whose proposals were considered responsive, Luther said.

In fiscal 2007 through 2011, the county used 664 hours of property acquisition services at a cost of $58,520, according to a report distributed by Luther.


— Heather Keels

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