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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

August 28, 2013

Surplus property to be used for student project

County-owned surplus property along Maugans Avenue will become a new project site for student builders.

The Washington County Student Trades Foundation has made a request to purchase the half-acre lot at 18620 Maugans Ave., which would be used by the foundation to provide hands-on construction experience for students at the Washington County Technical High School, according to county officials.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion Tuesday declaring the property surplus and conveying it to the foundation, under the condition that payment would be delayed until a house is constructed on it and the lot sold.

A house that once stood on the property was razed to make way for needed right of way and road improvements along Maugans Avenue that have since been completed.

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Commissioners’ President Terry Baker, a Tech High teacher and coordinator of the foundation, abstained from the 4-0 vote.

County returns housing fund allocation to state

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion to transfer the county’s 2013 Housing Bond Allocation of nearly $5 million back to the state’s Community Development Administration.

The money is used for issuing first-time homebuyer bonds through the state’s Maryland Mortgage program, on behalf of the county, said Stephen Goodrich, director of the county Planning and Zoning Division.

“We have transferred the allocation back to the state ... since 2007,” Goodrich told the commissioners.

For applicants who meet certain requirements, the allocation totaling $4,975,329 would be set aside for new home mortgages issued by the state, Goodrich said.

Bylaws, funding approved for emergency services

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted bylaws for the Emergency Services Advisory Council, which was established to provide recommendations on emergency service operations in the county.

The advisory council consists of six at-large members of the community and three members of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, along with association President Dale Hill and Kevin Lewis, the county director of Emergency Services, as ex-officio members.

In a separate motion, the commissioners approved a request to distribute a state subsidy of $230,632 to be split among the county’s fire and rescue companies.

The Sen. William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue and Ambulance Fund subsidy will be distributed in four quarterly payments, with a total of $55,361 going to the Hagerstown Fire Department and $9,225 going to each of the county’s volunteer companies, according to Lewis.

— C.J. Lovelace

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