Washington County Commission briefs

August 30, 2011

Revised ethics law set for hearing

A proposed rewrite of county's ethics ordinance is ready to go to a public hearing, the Washington County Board of  Commissioners agreed Tuesday.

The county is preparing to adopt a longer, more detailed ethics ordinance based on a model suggested by the state.

The county already has a shorter ethics ordinance, but state legislation passed in 2010 changed the requirements for local ethics ordinances, Assistant County Attorney Kirk C. Downey said.

A date for the public hearing has not been set.

Eastern Boulevard contract awarded

Washington County officials Tuesday approved a $120,000 contract to Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP of Baltimore, Md. for professional services — including a traffic study and corridor alignment  — related to improvements to Eastern Boulevard.

Those services are preparation for several phases of work planned along the Eastern Boulevard corridor outside Hagerstown, including intersection improvements at Eastern Boulevard and Antietam Drive, widening an existing portion of Eastern Boulevard and extending it to meet Marsh Pike, Deputy Director of Public Works Robert Slocum said.

The total project cost is about $7.9 million, according to an agenda report.

Rummel, Klepper & Kahl was selected for the work based on a proposal process in which 20 firms expressed interest. The top four were requested to submit technical proposals, and, of those four, the highest-ranked firm was requested to submit a price proposal, according to a report from county Purchasing Agent Karen R. Luther.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to award the contract.


— Heather Keels

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