Washington County Commission briefs

July 28, 2011

Commission to help pay for pageant

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to subsidize the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant at $16,000 per year for five years, county spokesman Norman Bassett said.

The money will come from the county's hotel-motel tax and help pay to rent the Maryland Theatre for one week a year during the pageant.

A previous five-year funding contract with the county expired this year.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, City Community Affairs Manager Karen Giffin, and Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Tom Riford requested that the county renew its support at the same level for another five years.

Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham voted against the subsidy, Bassett said. Callaham suggested a larger discussion on the role of the Maryland Theatre in the community should take place, he said.

County Administrator Greg Murray, an ex-officio member of the theater's board, said a business plan is under development by a consultant that will consider the theater's role in the city and the county.

New transit center ready Monday

The new transit transfer center on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown will be ready for riders on Monday, Aug. 1, at 6 a.m., Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said.

The new facility will replace the transfer point in the 300 block of West Washington Street beneath the railroad overpass.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be scheduled at a later date, Kroboth said.

Keedysville rural easement granted

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a request by Steven and Leona Saville for a Rural Legacy Program easement on about 60 acres at 5226 and 5222 Mount Briar Road in Keedysville.

The $275,000 easement will be purchased with state funding.

Since 1998, Washington County has been awarded almost $13 million to purchase Rural Legacy Program easements within a nearly 4,300 acre Rural Legacy Area near Antietam Battlefield.

County manager wins award

Pete Loewenheim, communications maintenance manager for Washington County, has been named International Public Safety Communications Technologist of the Year by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, a county official announced Tuesday.

He will be recognized at the association's 2011 convention in Philadelphia in August, said Joseph Kroboth III, director of county public works.

Winners in seven communications categories receive all-expense paid trips to the APCO meeting.

 Loewenheim was nominated by Bardonna Woods, director of emergency communications.

Water-main repair contract approved

The Washington County Board of  Commissioners Tuesday awarded a contract to Fayetteville Construction, Inc., of Fayetteville, Pa. for an emergency force water-main repair on Wright Road.

The company's bid of $107,636 was the lowest of four received for the project.


— Heather Keels

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