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by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

Washington County Public Works Director will hold a public information meeting on Phase I of the Maugans Avenue Roadway Improvements project at Maugansville Elementary School on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Under the proposed project, Maugans Avenue will be widened from a two-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway from Interstate 81 to US Route 11. The proposed roadway will include two lanes in each direction, a center left turn lane, and a sidewalk.

The meeting will include an introduction to the project, a project overview, displays and discussion. Preliminary drawings, the proposed project schedule, and individual questions will be addressed. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

Individuals requiring special accommodations should contact the Washington County Engineering Department at 240-313-2400 (Voice), or the Office on Disability Issues, 240-313-2130 (Voice/TDD) to make arrangements no later than seven calendar days prior to the public information meeting.

In its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 11th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners took action to assist construction of expanded elderly housing in Williamsport, with adoption of a letter of support to the Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC).

HAWC Director Richard Willson requested further support for the Springfield Manor project near Byron Park. The County purchased land adjacent to Parkview Knolls housing complex for that expansion in 1990, and the Housing Authority obtained matching funds from the Maryland Appalachian Housing Fund (MAHF) and completed market studies and design work in 1998.

The County began setting aside Capital Budget funding in 1999 that would allow the project to incorporate the extension of Church Street through to Byron Park, under a commitment with the Town. Willson told the Board that building permits have been addressed and funding has been secured from the Maryland Community Development Administration. A Resolution of Support is required by that state agency before granting final funding approval.

Figures of $2.36 million in State funding, $605,436 in previously committed County Capital Improvement Project funding, $73,929 in donated County Land and $36,571 from the MAHF bring the project’s total cost to $4,068,179.

The addition will provide 36 new housing units. A waiting list for the units contains 40-50 names, Willson said.

Also during the meeting, the Commissioners commended County Clerk Joni Bittner, County Administrator Rod Shoop and Human Resources Director Alan Davis for having graduated from the Academy of Excellence in Local Governance sponsored by the Maryland Association of Counties and the University of Maryland.

In presenting the trio with Certificates of Merit, Commissioners’ President Greg Snook said that the notable achievements required completion of 10 core classes in structure of government, ethics, open meetings, financial management, conducting effective meetings, consensus and team building, school board issues and the county, the Public Information Act, employment issues, basics of risk management for public officials, and four additional elective classes.

The Board commended the three administrators for the significant educational accomplishment.

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