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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

August 21, 2013

$1.5M bid awarded for bridge work

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday conditionally approved awarding a $1.5 million construction bid to a Hagerstown contractor to complete a long overdue bridge replacement project on Marble Quarry Road near Keedysville.

A separate road and bridge improvement bid for work on Catholic Church and Charles Mill roads also was approved by the commissioners during their regular meeting.

C. William Hetzer Inc. submitted the low bid for the Marble Quarry Road project. Four others submitted bids, with the highest coming in at $1.8 million.

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The project involves widening the bridge from one lane to two lanes, and making other improvements on either side, according to Robert Slocum, the county deputy director of public works, who said the one-lane bridge dates back to the 1920s.

The five commissioners voted unanimously to give conditional approval to the project, because federal aid is still pending, and a Maryland State Highway Administration concurrence is needed to proceed.

Slocum said he anticipates the go-ahead from the SHA within 15 to 30 days.

The low bid out of three, in the amount of $199,034 submitted by Lone Star Builders, Inc., of Hagerstown, was unanimously awarded for the Catholic Church and Charles Mill road projects.

The work involves bridge superstructure replacement on Catholic Church Road and a culvert replacement on Charles Mill Road, Slocum said.

Detours are planned for both projects, officials said.

Courthouse security enhancements approved

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request for a budget amendment that would allow county officials to use $157,500 in capital funds to make security improvements at the county Circuit Court complex in Hagerstown.

The county will receive state reimbursement for the enhancements, which include a power generator, fencing around an existing transformer and a public address system in the building, according to county documents.

“We feel those things are a priority,” Court Administrator Eunice Plank told the five commissioners.

Without a generator in use currently, digital court recordings and other electronic security devices could be compromised in times of power outages, Plank said.

“It’s definitely something we need,” she said.

The county has until June 30, 2014, to have work completed, or at least have contracts settled for the work, Plank said.

Smithsburg wastewater plant to get upgrade

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved two contracts to make improvements at a county-owned wastewater treatment plant in Smithsburg.

The first contract to install a nitrification-equipment upgrade was awarded to Callas Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown, with a total bid of $785,500.

A second contract for $199,819, awarded to Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. of Loves Park, Ill., is for new aeration equipment needed to complete the first deal for the Smithsburg treatment plant’s nitrification-enhancement project.

Both measures are to enhance nutrient removal as part of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup initiative. The contracts are fully funded through the county’s capital fund for wastewater, which currently has a balance of more than $2.5 million, officials said.

Appointments to county boards, commissions

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the following appointments to county boards and/or commissions:

  • Washington County Agricultural Reconciliation Board — Ellen Matheny, appointed as county Farm Bureau representative, finishing an unfulfilled term through Nov. 30, 2015.
  • Economic Development Commission — Ryan Daughtridge and Hugh Breslin, appointed as Hagerstown representative and Greater Hagerstown Committee representative, respectively, both to first, three-year terms.
  • Adult Public Guardianship Review Board — Susan Parks, appointed as public health nurse representative to a first, three-year term.

— C.J. Lovelace

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