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Washington County briefs

May 15, 2012
  • Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr, right, talks about the award Allegiant Air gave Hagerstown Regional Airport at a conference in Las Vegas. The trophy, showing a plane in flight, is in the foreground. Greg Larsen, the airport's business development manager, is at left.
By Andrew Schotz, Staff Writer

Allegiant Air honors Hagerstown Regional Airport

Hagerstown Regional Airport was honored last week at Allegiant Air’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr, who was at the conference, said the award was a surprise because Allegiant currently doesn’t fly out of Hagerstown.

Greg Larsen, the airport’s business development manager, who also went to the conference, agreed.

“It surprised the heck out of both of us, I think,” Larsen said.

Hagerstown received the “low cost airport award,” along with a trophy of an Allegiant plane in flight.

Jessica Wheeler, a spokeswoman for Allegiant, said during a telephone interview that the award goes to the airport where Allegiant’s costs are the lowest.

For Hagerstown, estimated upcoming costs were used, she said.

Allegiant Air flew between Hagerstown and Orlando, Fla. from 2008 through 2010. The airline is reviving that service, starting May 25.

Barr said what he heard at the conference impressed him.

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“This community is very wise in asking Allegiant Air to come back,” he said.

Commissioners OK bylaws for funding review panel

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved bylaws for a new committee to review funding for nonprofit organizations.

The Community Organization Funding Committee will look at budget requests by nonprofit groups.

First, groups must apply to be on an eligibility list. Then, the committee will make recommendations to the county commissioners on which groups should be funded in the budget.

County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said there are 57 groups on the list now.

Each commissioner was allowed to appoint one person to the new five-member committee. The appointees and commissioners were:

  • Cleonica “Nica” Sutch of Hagerstown (Commissioner Terry Baker)
  • Harry T. Reynolds of Smithsburg (Commissioner John F. Barr)
  • Toni Sandridge of Hagerstown (Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham)
  • Michael Guessford of Williamsport (Commissioner Jeffrey Cline)
  • April Dowler of Williamsport (Commissioner William McKinley)

They will serve three-year terms. After the initial terms, members will serve two-year terms.

Plans for new Bester Elementary can go out to bid

Plans to build a new Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown can go out to bid, the Washington County Board of Commissioners decided on Tuesday.

An Advisory School Design Review Committee previously recommended allowing the project to move ahead, according to a letter by Joseph Kroboth III, the county director of public works.

The cost of building a new school, replacing the current one at South Potomac Street and Memorial Boulevard, has been estimated at $19.8 million. The entire project expected to cost about $23, according to a school system fact sheet.

Company awarded contract to install HVAC unit

M.S. Johnston Co. Inc. of Hagerstown was awarded a contract on Tuesday to install a rooftop heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit at the county office building on West Washington Street.

A county memorandum said M.S. Johnston’s bid of $123,340 was the lower of two bids the county received.

The other came from Adrian L. Merton Inc. of Capitol Heights, Md., which bid $144,380.

The county’s budget for the work is about $163,000, the memo said.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners decided against also improving the distribution system for a section of the fourth floor of the Hagerstown building used by the Western Maryland Consortium.

The additional work would have boosted the project cost to $241,290, the memo said.

— Andrew Schotz

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