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Washington County briefs

October 11, 2012

Commissioners voted to apply for $1 million grant

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to apply for a $1 million grant for a local road project.

The money would be used to build about 750 feet of Professional Court, according to Joseph Kroboth III, the county’s public works director.

A memo Kroboth wrote says the value of the grant is $1,020,275. The county would have to provide $289,213 as a match, which is not part of the $1 million.

The money would be part of the budget in the next fiscal year. The county would work on that section of Professional Drive at the same time work is done on Yale Drive, Kroboth said.

Some commissioners noted that, without the grant, the county would have to pay for the $1 million on its own.

But Terry L. Baker, the president of the commissioners, objected and voted no. He said there has been “limited community input” on the road project and the project has been confusing.

The county will apply to the Tri-County Council for the grant.

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Commissioners approve change of order

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a change order of $33,758 for the Washington County Free Library renovation project.

Joseph Kroboth III, the county’s public works director, wrote in a memo that poor soil caused delays, pushing the project into early 2012.

That required the contractor to take extra steps to protect freshly poured concrete from freezing, he wrote.

The commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of the change. Commissioner Jeffrey A. Cline was absent and Commissioner John F. Barr excused himself from the discussion.

Commissioners approve appointments

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved several recommended appointments to boards and commissions on Tuesday:

• Walter Bell was appointed to a first three-year term on the county’s ethics commission

• Major Sam Billotti of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was reappointed to a second three-year term on the county’s animal control authority, serving as the sworn office representative

• Gary Price was appointed to a first three-year term on the county’s plumbing and mechanical board as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry representative

• Paul Fulk was appointed to the Tri-County Council as the citizen representative, for a term through Dec. 2, 2014.

— Andrew Schotz

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