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Leftover funds will be used for parking area

July 21, 2011

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to transfer $245,000 in leftover budget funds to help cover the cost of a parking area at the county's new transit bus transfer center.

The funds were left over from a Maugans Avenue road improvement project that came in under budget, said Robert Slocum, the county's deputy director of public works.

The parking area construction was approved by the previous board of commissioners as part of the transfer center project.

Commissioners President Terry Baker voted against the fund transfer, saying he was being consistent with his original opposition to the parking area construction.

The county parking area cost $644,583 and has about 80 parking spaces, Slocum said.

The total transfer center project cost is about $1.3 million, he said.

The commissioners also voted unanimously to approve the transfer of $355,000 in leftover funds from the Maugans Avenue project to go toward pavement-maintenance costs.

The transfer will allow the county to conduct updated pavement and traffic surveys at an estimated cost of $225,000, Slocum said.

The survey data is used to prioritize roads in need of pavement maintenance, he said.

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— Aaron Saunders and Heather Keels

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