Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

August 07, 2013

Two county roads transferred to city

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion to transfer portions of two Washington County-maintained roads to Hagerstown city government.

Portions of land surrounding Haven Road and Outer Drive in Hagerstown’s North End off U.S. 11 were recently annexed into the city, according to a staff report given to the five commissioners.

The finalized road transfer agreement is still subject to approval by the mayor and Hagerstown City Council. The item is scheduled to appear on the city’s Aug. 20 agenda.

Commissioners approve zoning amendments

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved text amendments in two sections of the county zoning ordinance to correct small errors relating to solar-energy-generating systems.

Noted as a “cleanup amendment,” the change reverses measures taken when the county conducted urban rezoning a few years ago, according to officials.

At that time, solar-energy-generating systems, or SEGS, were incorrectly incorporated in the designated Urban Growth Area, prohibiting them as a use in Planned Industrial and Airport districts, according to county documents.

Pool recognized by commissioners

David Pool, a longtime volunteer member of the county’s social services board who is retiring, was recognized by the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday for his service to the community.

David A. Engle, director of the Washington County Department of Social Services, said Pool “has gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

Pool was appointed to the social services board in 2007, reappointed in 2010, and then served as vice chairman and chairman for different periods until last June, Engle said.

Attending every strategic planning retreat and all the state board conferences, Pool has given his time generously with great attention to detail, Engle said.

“I wish we could have paid him for the service he provided,” Engle said.

Commissioners’ President Terry Baker presented Pool with a proclamation for his years of service.

“I’m certainly honored,” Pool said.

— C.J. Lovelace

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