County OK’s contract for auditor services
The Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to award a five-year contract worth $365,950 for independent auditing services to SB & Company LLC.
The Hunt Valley, Md., firm has handled the county’s financial statements for the past five years, according to county Purchasing Director Karen Luther. The new contract extends the firm’s services through 2017.
Fees for auditing start at $69,000 for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, county documents show.
The cost increases by about $2,000 per year, topping out at $77,490 for fiscal year 2016-17.
Electrician services contract renewed
By a 4-0 vote, the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday renewed its electrician services contract at county facilities with Kube Electric Company, Inc., of Williamsport.
Commissioner John F. Barr, who owns Ellsworth Electric of Hagerstown, abstained from the vote.
The contract, which was originally awarded in 2009 with four one-year options for renewal, grants a 3.4 percent increase on hourly work during regular hours and a 2.8-percent jump for work on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Consulting and design services were increased by 3.2 percent.
Rick Curry of the county’s Purchasing Department told the five commissioners Kube’s bid was slightly higher than the only other bidder, but said that not having to acclimate a new vendor to the county’s facilities justified the extra cost.
10th annual Museum Ramble is May 4-5
A total of 24 different museums and historical sites will be open this weekend for the 10th annual Washington County Museum Ramble, organizers told the county Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
“This year it’s bigger and better than ever,” said Tom B. Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which sponsors the event.
William Knode, president of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, said this year’s event includes the most sites ever. Thousands of county students also are participating over the weekend, he said.
“This is a great event for us and we’re looking forward to big things happening,” he said.
Afterward, Commissioners President Terry Baker presented a proclamation for Washington County History Week to Riford, Knode and Linda Irvin-Craig of the county Historical Society.
— C.J. Lovelace