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Washington County briefs

January 14, 2012

School system saved money by eliminating several vacant positions

Washington County Public Schools has saved money by eliminating several vacant positions this fiscal year, Chris South, the school system's chief financial officer, told the Washington County Board of Commissioners last week.

The school system eliminated two senior management positions in administration as well as one supervisor and one clerical position in mid-level administration, he said. The positions were vacant due to retirements and resignations, he said.

The school system also has realized savings in the Summit Program, and a state grant paid for the lease of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts this year, saving the county more than $600,000, South said.

The savings will fund new computers for classrooms, unbudgeted nonresident students, social worker and nurse positions for the Summit Program, and evening meals for students attending the Outdoor Program, he said.

The changes were part of the school system's first-quarter budget adjustments for fiscal year 2012, which began July 1. Maryland law requires local school systems to periodically re-forecast their financial needs and make necessary changes to their budgets.

The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the budget adjustments.



Board of Commissioners approve acquisition of property on Longmeadow Road

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the acquisition of 414 square feet of property on Longmeadow Road for $6,500.

The land was the final right-of-way acquisition needed for a road-widening and sidewalk installation project at Longmeadow Road and Marsh Pike, Washington County Real Property Administrator Joe Kuhna said. The acquisition was stalled because the property was in foreclosure for nearly two years, but it was sold in August and the county was able to negotiate the acquisition from the new owners, he said.

The commissioners also agreed to authorize Kuhna to negotiate the transfer of unneeded county land on Fountain Head Road to the adjoining property owner. The land borders a golf course on one side and a private home on the other, Kuhna said.

The property owner requested to have the land transferred to him so he can construct a carriage house garage on the land, he said.



Coyne Textile Services gets bid for uniform rental

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bid award for uniform rental service for various departments to Coyne Textile Services of Colonial Heights, Va., in the amount of $49,946.

The company was the lowest of three bidders for the contract.

The others bids were $55,924.44 from Lord of Baltimore of Baltimore, and $64,990.59 from G and K Services of Front Royal, Va.



County rights relinquished to the former Early Childhood Center building

The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to relinquish the county's rights to the former Early Childhood Center building on the Hagerstown Community College campus.

The building formerly was county property and was conveyed to the college in the 1970s, subject to an agreement stating the county would continue to be able to use the building, County Attorney John M. Martirano said.

The college recently has moved the early childhood program to the Funkstown Early Childhood Center and would like to have a clear title to the building, he said.



New system for recording county commissioners meetings being installed

Washington County is in the process of installing new a new system for recording county commissioners meetings, County Administrator Greg Murray said.

Because of the transition to the new equipment, Tuesday's meeting was not broadcast online in either video or audio format, Murray said.

— Heather Keels

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