Washington County commissioners
n Date: Nov. 15
n Action: The board approved a $320,857 grant agreement with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the Thompson Hill boat launch and development on the Route 844 side of Cross Creek Lake. The county is required to contribute a 50 percent match, which will be paid from oil and gas well revenues. DCNR is requiring the grant money to be spent by Dec. 31, 2015. Planning Commission Director Lisa Cessna said the boat launch should be under construction by the end of 2013 and completed in 2014 at the latest.
Health insurance costs for the county through Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be increasing by approximately 8 percent next year. The rates in various employment categories range from $485 a year for an individual to $1,549 for a family.
The commissioners approved the purchase and installation of an 8-foot-tall black, industrial-grade ornamental aluminum fence along the West Beau Street side of the courthouse at a cost of $6,550.
n Appointments: Conservation board, Commission Chairman Larry Maggi, through Dec. 31, 2013, and Richard Mowl, through Dec. 31, 2016; election canvass board, Wendy Bowes, replacing a member who was unable to serve due to a family emergency.
n Announcement: County offices will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
n Next meeting: 10 a.m. Dec. 6, in the public meeting room of the Courthouse Square office building.
Washington County Salary Board
n Date: Nov. 15
n Action: The board eliminated the positions of deputy jail warden/security, which paid $53,957, and relief captain, which paid $46,1777, and replaced them with two major’s positions, one specializing in security and the other specializing in operations. Each position will pay $50,000 per year. Designated to fill the positions at Wednesday’s prison board meeting were Edward Strawn and Donald Waugh.
n Next meeting: After the conclusion of the 10 a.m. commissioners’ meeting Dec. 6 in the public meeting room of the Courthouse Square office building