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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

April 09, 2013

County OKs increases for airport user fees

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-0 to approve proposed increases for user fees at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The vote came after no one spoke during a public hearing on the 4 percent increase for hangars and office space. Airport landing, ramp and tie-down fees will remain the same.

Set to take effect July 1, the increase is the first for user fees at the airport since 2008, according to airport Director Phil Ridenour.

“The 4 percent increase is in line with the modest increase in the Consumer Price Index over the last four years, and it’s also been recommended by the firm that we’ve hired to do the aviation property appraisals for the airport,” he said.

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Rates at Hagerstown are, on average, about 30 percent lower than many surrounding airports, Ridenour told the commissioners before the vote.

Assistant County Administrator Sarah L. Sprecher said the increases would create an additional $17,000 in revenue, a portion of which would be placed into a maintenance reserve fund for future structures.

Commissioner John F. Barr was absent.

Ticket machine for county transit approved

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a sole source contract to purchase a new ticket vending machine and associated parts for $131,521 to be used by the county’s Transit Department.

Through vendor SPX Genfare of Elk Grove Village, Ill., the Vendstar III Ticket Vending Machine will be installed at the County Commuter transit transfer station on West Franklin Street.

Similar to a parking ticket system, the vending machine will allow users of the County Commuter to purchase tickets using credit or debit cards, according to Kevin D. Cerrone, director of the county’s transit program.

The planned purchase is funded by a combination of income and grants through the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development and county Capital Improvement funds allocated to the Transit Department.

The commissioners unanimously approved the purchase on a 4-0 vote. Commissioner John F. Barr was absent.

— C.J. Lovelace

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