County government sets goals for 1998
By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Managing and paying for growth and implementing a plan for fire and rescue services are among Washington County's top goals for 1998, discussed by the County Commissioners Wednesday.
County Commissioner James R. Wade said the county needs to do something to prevent the loss of farmland when growth spreads from Frederick County, Md., to Washington County.
"I'm just afraid as always in this county we're going to wait until it's too late," he said.
Wade said he wanted a plan to prohibit a 100-acre farm anywhere in the county from becoming a 100-house development.
"That's what the community wants," he said.
But Commissioner John S. Shank said farmers should be compensated if the county wants to take away their development rights. "If the people want it then the people should be willing to pay for it," he said.