Sharpsburg briefs

June 03, 1997

No sign of state help for water-sewer costs

SHARPSBURG - In response to the Sharpsburg Town Council's plea for help to offset increase costs stemming from Washington County's water-sewer crisis, Del. Bruce Poole said that Western Maryland state legislators have no control over state funds.

The Town Council had written to the Washington County Commissioners, the Water Sewer Advisory Board, the Hagerstown City Council and the Western Maryland Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, requesting their help in attaining state gambling funds or grants to help offset the county Water and Sewer Department's $56 million debt.

"Up until now, (Poole) did all he could to help," said Sharpsburg Mayor George Kesler during the town's Monday meeting. He said that state funds for the county increased by 5.9 percent. The council will take action after other organizations give feedback.


Town seeks seat on visitors bureau

SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg Town Council voted Monday night to draft a letter to the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, requesting that a representative from each of the county municipalities receive a voting seat.

The bureau maps some county strategic planning and prepares its budget based on member fees and a 3.5 percent lodging tax added on to hotel bills.

But some council members fear the bureau doesn't provide an equal voice from each municipality.

"That tax is to be used to promote Washington County and its attractions and events," Town Clerk Pat Holland said. "Right now that's not happening."

Troxell moved to ICUas condition worsens

SHARPSBURG - Town Councilwoman Denise Troxell's condition worsened Monday, when fluid began filling her lungs, said Vice Mayor Sidney Gale.

Troxell, who had been moved from the intensive care unit, was readmitted to the ICU, Gale said. She was in serious condition Monday night.

Troxell, who had damaged lungs, had a double lung transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on May 20 after waiting two years for a donor.

Projects Troxell spearheaded have been assigned to other committees, Sharpsburg Mayor George Kesler said.

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