Washington County briefs

April 21, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS |

Agreement reached on historic farmstead’s future
After years of negotiation, an agreement has been finalized between Washington County and the Federal Aviation Administration on how to approach finding a future use for a historic farmstead on Hagerstown Regional Airport property.
The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a memorandum of agreement on the Brumbaugh-Kendle-Grove Farmstead that calls for a working group to develop a marketing plan and requests proposals for adaptive reuse of the buildings, with first preference given to finding an aviation-related use for the buildings at their current location.
The second choice would be to relocate the buildings elsewhere on airport property for reuse, and third choice would be to relocate them off of airport property.
The farmstead is on land purchased by the airport in preparation for a runway extension project. The buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries and were deemed historically significant as an example of local farm architecture in a 2001 survey initiated by the historical trust.

Jail video-visitation system approved
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the purchase of a video-visitation system for the Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.
South Western Communications, Inc., of Decatur, Ala., submitted the lowest bid of $354,539 among seven “responsive, responsible” bidders for the system, said Rick Curry, a buyer in the county’s purchasing department.
The other six bids were:
• Tele-Plus Corp. of Hagerstown, $355,325
• Stanley Convergent Security Inc. of Noblesville, Ind., $393,940
• Rocket Technology Group of Miami, $472,000
• Cornerstone Detention Products of Tanner, Ala., $499,400
• Norment Security Group Inc. of Garner, N.C., $509,132.74
• True Communications Inc. of Rockville, Md., $523,600

County to sell $21.6M in bonds
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the sale of up to $21.64 million worth of 2011 general obligation bonds for financing public facilities and refunding outstanding matured bonds.
Proceeds from the bonds will be used to fund a portion of infrastructure, environmental and public facilities projects, as well as bond issuance cost, Bond Counsel Lindsey Rader said.
The bond issuance was approved last year as part of the county’s fiscal  2011 capital budget and the borrowing total was subsequently reduced by about $2.5 million, Budget and Finance Director Debra S. Murray said.

Washington County History Week set
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring April 30 through May 6 of this year Washington County History Week.
The start of the week coincides with the eighth annual Washington County Museum Ramble, a self-guided tour of museums scheduled for April 30 and May 1.
Twenty museums and historic sites will be participating in this year’s ramble, said Tom Riford, director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The CVB is financially sponsoring the ramble.
Details about the event are available at

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