WashCo to Allow Temporary Occupancy Permits

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 27, 2022) – Beginning June 1, 2022, the Division of Permits and Inspections will allow residential projects to request and receive a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). This will permit residential projects to obtain occupancy prior to receiving all final inspection approvals due to extenuating circumstances such as material shortages, weather, paving,Continue reading “WashCo to Allow Temporary Occupancy Permits”

Smithsburg to Hold Town Elections May 10th

SMITHSBURG, MD – The Town of Smithsburg will hold its elections for Mayor and two town council seats on Tuesday May 10th, between 7 AM and 8 PM. Elections will be held at Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Company. The Town Government is comprised of the Mayor and five-(5) Council Members. Each elected official serves a termContinue reading “Smithsburg to Hold Town Elections May 10th”

EMS Staffing Shortages to be Discussed at County Commissioner Meeting

On April 5, the Washington County Commissioners will be briefed by David Hays, Director of Emergency Services, and Dale Fishack, president of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association. A staffing model was endorsed by the Commissioners in 2009 that provided a preset EMS staffing subsidy that was dispersed annually to each volunteer EMS Company in Washington County. Unfortunately, that staffing model has not been updated since its creation, creating staffing challenges for local companies.

County Solid Waste Department Pauses Recycling for At Least Two Weeks

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Due to an equipment failure at a local recycling facility, the Washington County Government Solid Waste Department has announced a hold on accepting recyclables at 40 West Landfill and all Transfer stations will be extended for at least two more weeks. This hold is due to a delay in getting parts forContinue reading “County Solid Waste Department Pauses Recycling for At Least Two Weeks”

Local governments are attractive targets for hackers and are ill-prepared

Richard Forno, University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Joe Biden on March 21, 2022, warned that Russian cyberattacks on U.S. targets are likely, though the government has not identified a specific threat. Biden urged the private sector: “Harden your cyber defenses immediately.” It is a costly fact of modern life that organizations from pipelines andContinue reading “Local governments are attractive targets for hackers and are ill-prepared”