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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

November 30, 2012

Community Action Council asking agency for $40,000

Washington County Community Action Council is asking the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for $40,000 from its Rental Allowance Program.

The program offers monthly rental subsidies, paid directly to landlords, according to a memo in the Washington County Board of Commissioners’ meeting packet Tuesday.

The commissioners voted 5-0 in support of the application.

Bids awarded for chemicals

Washington County awarded a series of bids Tuesday for swimming pool chemicals, and water and wastewater treatment chemicals.

The products, vendors and prices include:

  • sodium hypochlorite (12,000 gallons); Univar USA Inc. of Middletown, Pa.; $1.24 per gallon bulk
  • liquid aluminum sulfate alum (thirty 55-gallon drums); Neo Solutions Inc. of Beaver, Pa.; $2.81 a gallon
  • chlorine gas (thirty-three 150-pound cylinders); JCI Jones Chemicals Inc. of Milford, Va.; $91 per cylinder.

Eighteen contracts were awarded. Three of those were contingent on the vendor providing proof of “good standing” with the state within two weeks.

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of the awards.

The commissioners also approved unrelated contracts for gasoline and diesel fuel deliveries and for scrap-tire hauling from Forty West Landfill.

Va. company gets contract to study broadband

A Blacksburg, Va., company has been hired to help Washington County look at broadband service.

Ron Whitt, the county’s information systems division director, told the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that Design Nine Inc. was administratively awarded a contract.
Design Nine bid $28,650.

Magellan Advisors of Miami Beach, Fla., bid $75,000 and Columbia Telecommunications Corp. of Kensington, Md., bid $100,000, according to a memo in the commissioners’ meeting packet.

The memo says the county started planning the study in November 2011 “to determine the impact of the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN) project on Washington County ....”

The OMBN website says the network is “a planned 1,294-mile fiber optic broadband network that will link 1,006 government facilities and community ‘anchor institutions’ in every county in the state, while interconnecting and extending three independent networks.”

The county will use $14,325 from its capital improvement project budget and $14,325 from an Appalachian Regional Commission grant.

Commissioner William B. McKinley asked about the wide gap in the bid amounts.

Whitt said Design Nine tries to get a “foot in the door” with low bids.

“I think we got a very equitable deal,” he said.

County receives clean audit

Washington County has received a clean audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the county commissioners heard  Tuesday.The audit was performed by SB & Company LLC of Hunt Valley, Md., which didn’t recommend any changes.

Six appointed to county boards

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted  Tuesday to appoint six people to county boards:

  • John Lestitian and Toni Sandridge to three-year terms on the Housing Authority of Washington County
  • Nicole Ingram and Bridgett Jones Smith to three-year terms on the Washington County Commission for Women and Nakita Nelson to an unfulfilled term
  • Paul Pittman Jr. to fill an unexpired term on the Washington County Local Management Board.

— Andrew Schotz

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