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Washington County briefs

March 14, 2012

County to pay for JFK 50 overtime
County government will pay for sheriff’s office overtime for the JFK 50-Mile Ultramarathon again this year, the Washington County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday.
The commissioners voted 4-0 to use money from the county’s hotel-motel tax fund to pay for about 80 overtime hours for the event. Commissioner John F. Barr was absent.
The race, set for Nov. 17, is the largest and oldest ultramarathon in North America.
The event is expected to generate more than 2,800 hotel room nights and have between $350,000 and $500,000 in local economic impact, said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

County pays $230K for property
The county will pay $230,000 to buy a property at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Security Road needed for road projects in that area, the Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday.
The commissioners voted 4-0 to buy the property. Commissioner John F. Barr was absent.
The property, located at 1114 Security Drive, includes two homes that will need to be demolished, said Joe Kuhna, the county’s real property administrator.
Part of the property is needed to allow the widening of Eastern Boulevard, while the remainder is needed for stormwater management as part of the county’s Eastern Boulevard corridor improvements, Kuhna said.
The county had been negotiating with the owner of the parcel for about a year, he said. The property was appraised at $200,000.

— Heather Keels

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