By ELLEN LYON
The Washington County Commissioners and the business community are at odds over who should control economic development in the county.
The commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to reverse their June decision to form an independent economic development authority with the power to hire and fire its own director.
Tuesday's two-hour discussion was marked by heated exchanges, two motions that failed for the lack of a second, one motion that was defeated in another split vote and confusion over what finally had been decided.
When it was over no one appeared satisfied.
County Commissioner James R. Wade, who voted to reverse the earlier decision along with Commissioners John S. Shank and Ronald L. Bowers, described the meeting as "a pathetic demonstration of the board's inability to direct action on economic development."