Washington County briefs

August 10, 2011

County gets $75,000 for farm property

Washington County will receive $75,000 for a 4.7 acre farmhouse property that was auctioned off on June 28, a county official reported Tuesday.

The property, known as the French Lane farmhouse, was part of a 36-acre property that was given to the county in 1998 when TruServ built a warehouse on Hunters Green Parkway, Joe Kuhna, the county's real property administrator, said previously.

The farmhouse property is off Greencastle Pike, southwest of Hagerstown, between the Pilot Travel Center and Your Other Warehouse Inc.

The property has been exempt from taxes while county-owned, but will now begin earning tax revenue for the county, Kuhna said. He estimated it would generate a tax bill of at least $2,000 a year.

The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to proceed with closing on the property and execution of the documents needed to finalize the sale.

Recyling meeting set for Aug. 31

A public meeting to gather resident response to recycling in Washington County has been scheduled for Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.

The meeting will open with a presentation about options for recycling programs in the county, including curbside recycling. It will then be opened for public comment, Murray said.

Commissioners approve board appointments

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Advisory School Design Review Committee (three-year terms through Aug. 31, 2014):

  • Tim Bryan to fulfill an unexpired term as the mechanical contractor representative
  • Rob Rollins as the Washington County Board of Education director of facilities representative
  • Donna Hanlin as the educator representative
  • Paul Fulk as a citizen-at-large representative

Washington County Gaming Commission:

  • John Menard to a second, two-year term through Sept. 30, 2013

Washington County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board:

  • Loretta Wright to a three-year term through April 30, 2014
Washington County Agricultural Education Center Inc.:
  • John S. Shank, Sr. to fulfill an unexpired term through April 30, 2012.

 — Heather Keels
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