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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Due to elevator Repair at 100 W. Washington Street, this meeting was held at the Department of Water Quality Public meeting room, located at 16232 Elliott Parkway, in Williamsport, Maryland.

PUBLIC HEARING: AGRICULTURAL LAND PRESERVATION PRIORITIES
Eric Seifarth and Holly Thibault, Land Preservation Planners, brought this request, that the County Commissioners approve the Priority Ranking spreadsheet of 26 applicants who applied to sell easements through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program (MALPP). Each year the Agricultural Advisory Board ranks properties for MALPP based on soil type, productivity, property size, and proximity to other easements. Landowners are paid by the order of ranking until the funds run out. Land Preservation Funding for 2006/2007 totals $12.17 million available. The County committed $1.34 million of Agricultural Transfer Tax money for the 60/40 match earlier this year. The measure was subject to Public Hearing. Sam Hunter of Hagerstown testified in favor of the program. Beverly Shriver of Lappans Crossroads, and Myron Martin of Knoxville requested information on the status of properties pending preservation. The Board approved the priority-ranking list by unanimous vote.

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Marie Byers, of Discovery Station museum gave the Commissioners an update on finances of the operation, and requested a donation of $20,000 for project development and operations costs.
Lisa Stewart of Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Office and Joyce Ott, Alumni Society member told the Board that a loan made by the Commissioners to the Alumni has been paid off. The original $200,000 loan was partially paid back, and the remaining $180,000 was forgiven, provided the group made payments to HCC for special projects. That amount has now been paid to the College, with funds primarily raised through the annual flower and garden show, which the organization sponsors.

BID AWARD: WILLIAMSPORT LIBRARY ROOF REPLACEMENT
County Purchasing Agent Karen Luther and Public Works Director Gary Rohrer brought this request, to award the bid to the responsible, responsive bidder with the lowest bid, Heidler Roofing Services, Inc. of Hagerstown, MD for the Total Sum Bid of $67,870.00 including Alternate numbers 1, 2 and 3, before the Board. The project is to be completed in a 60 consecutive calendar day period and consists of demolition and removal of existing roofing materials to existing deck substrate, installation of new rigid insulation including tapered, protection board and installation of SBS modified roof system; replacement of asphalt shingles; replacement of deteriorated tectum deck per unit cost over a 300 square foot area and replacement of all counter flashings. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.

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