By STEVEN T. DENNIS
In a few years, people conducting business with Washington County might not need to stop by in person or wait for vital documents to be delivered through the mail.
Instead, they could do business via the Internet, county Data Processing Supervisor Ronald Whitt told the County Commissioners this week.
Washington County employees are expected soon to have Internet access when a fiber optic cable running from county buildings in downtown Hagerstown is connected to the Washington County Free Library network.
Whitt said that the online environment could lead to a 24-hour "virtual office." For example, developers would be able to apply electronically for a building permit on a Saturday afternoon, he said. Someone could send a message to the county complete with credit card numbers for purchases, he said.