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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 29, 2011
Pleasant Valley Elementary School will get a new roof and Northern Middle School will get windows and doors this year, regardless of whether state funding is provided, the school system's director of facilities planning and development said this week. State school construction officials were not recommending that the Maryland Board of Public Works grant the school system's request for $396,000 for Pleasant Valley's roof and $269,000 for Northern Middle, Rob Rollins said. The three-member Board of Public Works is scheduled to meet in Annapolis Wednesday, but isn't expected to approve the school system's appeal to fund those projects, he said.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2013
An informational meeting on the ongoing Robinwood Drive Corridor II construction project is set for Tuesday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Center, according to a Washington County official. County Public Affairs Manager James Jenkins said the meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will provide an overview of the various phases of the project, which includes the widening of Robinwood Drive and installing a roundabout at the entrance to HCC. Robert Slocum, the county's deputy director of public works, will be on hand to answer questions.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Fountain Rock Elementary School might get its cafeteria sooner than anticipated. Before voting Tuesday night to approve the fiscal year 2008 capital improvement program, the Washington County Board of Education voted to amend the document. The amendment moved up possible funding for the elementary school's cafeteria and other improvements from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2009. Parent and community groups have been advocating for a cafeteria in the elementary school for years.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 5, 2012
A standing-room-only crowd showed up at the Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night to hear some residents speak out against a proposed expansion of an assisted-living house in the town. The expansion of the SOMA Manor House at 7701 Old National Pike is part of an annexation of 15 acres that the six-member council is considering. If Boonsboro annexes the land at its northern border, the Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed earlier that the town could immediately change the zoning to “town residential.” Without the commissioners' “express approval,” the town would have had to wait five years before making significant changes to the parcel's zoning.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | November 2, 2011
A wall collapsed two weeks ago in a stormwater outfall under construction, delaying the project at least a month, local officials said. Improvements being made to the outfall along Cemetery Avenue are the first phase of a multimillion-dollar project addressing Waynesboro's undersized and aging stormwater system. Rains Oct. 19 caused the collapse of a wall near Cemetery Avenue's intersection with Church Street. The collapse occurred near Antietam Dairy. "Water got in behind it. ... It was over an inch of rain in 15 minutes," said Kevin Grubbs, director of engineering services for the Borough of Waynesboro.
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by TARA REILLY | February 18, 2004
A Severna Park, Md., company was given a one-year contract Tuesday to inspect several Washington County construction projects. The Washington County Commissioners voted 5-0 to pay $60,750 to Development Facilitators Inc. to provide building and construction inspections services for various projects throughout the county. The projects may include roads, traffic signals, bridges, drainage structures, waterlines, sewer lines and any related public improvement projects, according to a county document.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | November 17, 2004
In a special voting session Tuesday, the City Council voted to introduce an ordinance that would authorize borrowing $4 million in bonds for general city construction projects. The action is the first of several steps before the city actually borrows the money, which will be used on several projects including the widening of Eastern Boulevard, alley improvements, construction of a park for the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown, and a new dump truck. According to a schedule provided this week, the city would have access to the money at the end of December.
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December 3, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township municipal offices were expanded by nearly 1,000 square feet on Tuesday when modular additions were delivered. A tractor-trailer backed each half onto the existing building, allowing workers to then place cinderblocks underneath and level the structures. The township supervisors purchased the Anchor Modular Buildings for $68,000. The supervisors looked at several options for a larger municipal complex, but ultimately purchased the modular buildings as a way to hold off on any major construction projects.
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By DAVE McMILLION | November 5, 2009
Residents to get a break on construction taxes SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg residents starting new construction projects in town will get an exemption on the excise tax, according to Town Manager Betsy Martin. Smithsburg Town Council members agreed during a regular council meeting Tuesday night the exemption would run through February, Martin said Wednesday. The action comes after the Washington County Commissioners recently passed a short-term stimulus program that combines an excise tax credit, a permit fee reduction and a recordation tax break to encourage residential construction and make homes more affordable.
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August 13, 2009
The Washington County Board of Education is considering whether to make a policy change that would require the board to approve certain construction projects that cost more than $50,000. The change was discussed Thursday during a policy committee meeting. Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael said the change would cover projects such as the construction of pressboxes and concession stands that the school system takes on with private organizations. The board could vote on the policy change as early as next month, Michael said.
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