Funding requests are made

March 07, 1997


Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS - Washington County lawmakers and local residents made their bids Tuesday for shares of $625,000 in state funding for various county projects, including:

  • $250,000, requested by Memorial Recreation Center to help pay for ongoing renovation of the former school building on North Street.

The center offers a variety of educational and recreational programs to local children.

"We need to bring our program and our building up to modern standards so we can serve the youth of our community," Ruth Monroe, director of the center, told the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.

  • $250,000, requested by Community Rescue Service Inc. to help pay for the planning, design and construction of a new headquarters building on Eastern Boulevard.
  • $75,000, requested by the town of Hancock for improvements to the town community center, which houses various nonprofit agencies and programs.
  • $50,000, requested by Mentally Impaired or Handicapped Individuals Inc., known as MiHi, to purchase playground equipment that is accessible to people with disabilities.

The equipment would be placed in playgrounds throughout the county as part of the agency's 10th anniversary celebration.

The state funding would be available through the sale of state bonds. Agencies receiving a share of the money would have to match the funds with their own dollars.

Because the General Assembly will have only about $20 million to spend for bond requests statewide, money is tight, said Del. Robert McKee, R-Washington.

That might mean the larger projects like Community Rescue Service and Memorial Recreation Center might not get some or all of the funding they have requested, McKee said.

But he remained optimistic.

"I would think that we could be successful with some of our requests, which are reasonable," he said.

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