Washington County commissioners
• Date: July 18
• Action: The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved what is believed to be the single-largest tax refund in county history, $680,940, to The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, which appealed its property tax assessment of $19.9 million. The county, Canon-McMillan School District and North Strabane Township agreed to an assessed valuation of about $14.2 million. John DeBord of South Strabane Township asked to see the stipulation and asked the commissioners, “Why would you not take a more aggressive approach?”
The commissioners also authorized advertising for bids for roof replacements for the Courthouse Square office building and 911 center, and for a self-contained natural gas generator for the courthouse and family court center.
Commissioners also are seeking bids for new locations for District Judges Robert Redlinger, Washington, and Mark Wilson, Monongahela, where the lease expires June 30, 2014. Cecil Township plans to use the office of District Judge Valarie Costanzo for its public works department, so a new office for that district will be constructed at Cecil Town Center, where the rent will be $2,596 per month, including utilities and cleaning, through December 2018.
Costanzo was one of two candidates nominated for two vacancies on the Washington County bench. The new location will be used by her successor.
The commissioners noted that the contract for the new construction is contingent upon President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca’s meeting with the Pennsylvania Chief Justice later this month on the topic of magisterial districts.
• Appointments: Washington County Tourism, Robin Craig replaces Sandy Wilson while Tom Northrop, Jeff Kotula, Camille Kobrys and Matt Luckhardt were reappointed; Children and Youth Advisory Board, Jessica Wickard; Veterans Council, Anthony Pasquerilla; Redevelopment Authority, J. Barry Stout reappointed; Transportation Authority, Leslie Grenfell, reappointed.
• Next meeting: 10 a.m. Aug. 15 in the public meeting room of Courthouse Square office building.