Washington County Commissioners briefs

June 09, 2012

Farmers complain about new proposed building code

During a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed new Washington County building code, the chief complaint was about a possible change affecting agricultural structures.

Farmers who spoke objected to having those buildings meet all structural codes if they are used for human occupancy.

Steve Ernst said such a mandate could turn farmers away from doing business in Washington County.

Matt Harsh said there was a potential for an unfair interpretation, even if farm buildings are open only to employees.

“We just don’t need any more harassment,” David Herbst said.

A committee proposed changes to the county’s building code, which must be reviewed and updated every three years.

Also during Tuesday’s public hearing, two fire officials — Larry Iseminger, a chief fire protection engineer for the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Dale Hill, president of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association — spoke in favor of requiring sprinklers in residential buildings.


“There is no justifiable reason to delay the implementation of this life saving technology,” Iseminger wrote in a letter to the commissioners.

Hill said sprinklers help keep firefighters safe.

Rob Smith, who is retired from the Washington County Department of Permits and Inspections, said serious code violations need to be enforced to protect citizens from inferior construction.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners expects to talk more about the proposed code later this month.

TEA Party rep asks county to adopt program enforcing illegal immigration

Representing the Hagerstown TEA, or Taxed Enough Already,  Party, Nancy Allen asked the Washington County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday to adopt a federal program to enforce illegal immigration.

Allen said she was following up on a letter her group wrote in January, asking the county to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the 287(g) program.

Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins has offered to speak about the program, Allen told the commissioners.

Commissioners approve purchase of easement near Chestnut Grove and Trego Mountain roads

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the purchase of the Morgan Family Trust LLP Easement near Chestnut Grove and Trego Mountain roads.

The price will be $37,004.40 for 10 acres of easement, funded by a state land-preservation program, according to a county document summarizing the transaction.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office to get two criminal justice grants

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is getting two criminal justice grants.

One is for $29,402 from theU.S. Department of Justicefor bulletproof vests.

The second is a $32,139.95 Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to fund the purchase of a battery-powered vehicle that simulates impaired driving.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed on Tuesday to accept the grants.

Positions filled on Board of Social Services and Mental Healthy Authority

The Washington County Board of Commissioners has filled positions on two boards.

Gladys Rojas and Bonnie Elgin were reappointed and Loretta Wright was appointed to three-year terms on the Washington County Board of Social Services, according to County Clerk Vicki C. Lumm.

Mervin Yoder and Elisabeth Creech were appointed to three-year terms on the Washington County Mental Healthy Authority.

Eight appointed to Salary Study Commission

Eight people have been appointed to the 2012 Washington County Salary Study Commission.

Under state law, the county is required to appoint a commission every four years to make recommendations on the salaries of certain officials.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed on Tuesday to appoint:

  • Elizabeth Paul from the Washington County Democratic Central Committee
  • Stephen M. Showe from the Washington County Republican Central Committee
  • Ted Reeder from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce
  • Ralph Shank from the Washington County Farm Bureau
  • Barbara Rice from the League of Women Voters of Washington County
  • Boyd “Chip” Cook from the Central MarylandAFL-CIOCouncil
  • Wilford Seilhamer from Cumberland Valley Associated Builders & Contractors
  • R. Wayne Taylor from the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County.

Eastern Elevator Service and Sales gets contract for dumbwaiter and elevators

Eastern Elevator Service and Sales of Windbar, Pa., was awarded a contract on Tuesday for a dumbwaiter and elevators at the county office buildings and various locations.

The company’s bid of $17,700 was the lowest of four bids the county received.

Commissioner John F. Barr said was “a shame” that a local company lost getting the contract by $180.

Landmark Elevator Inc. of Hagerstown bid $17,800.

The contract is for one year, with an option for up to four additional years, according to a summary of the bids.

Allied Waste Services gets contract for trash removal

Allied Waste Services of Hagerstown has won a contract for trash removal at 23 county facilities.

Allied bid $38,799, the lowest of four bids the county received. One of those bids, submitted by IESI of Chambersburg, Pa., was considered to be non-responsive, according to a summary of the bids.

The contract is for one year, with the option of four additional years.

Allied also was chosen for a contract for dual-stream recycling and for segregated cardboard containers.

The combined cost of those two services will be $147,837.

Apple Valley Waste of Kearneysville, W.Va., bid on part of the work.

— Andrew Schotz

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