County commissioners briefs

March 07, 1998

County commissioners briefs

The Washington County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion supporting an amendment to the Constitution that would ban desecration of the American flag, including flag-burning.

Jane Bowser, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary at Post 202 in Williamsport, asked the commissioners to try and get the support of Maryland's U.S. senators, Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski. The senators, both Democrats, have voted against a flag burning amendment.

The commissioners voted on the motion Tuesday.

The Washington County Commissioners have approved issuing $7 million in 20-year bonds dated April 1, 1998.

The bond issue will pay for:

* $2.18 million in Board of Education projects,

* $3.28 million in road, drainage and bridge projects,

* $441,545 for solid waste,

* $494,500 for Hagerstown Junior College,


* $406,154 for other public facilities, and

* $200,000 bond issuance costs.

The commissioners approved the bond issue Tuesday.

The county bond issue is expected to drop by $500,000 next year to $6.5 million as part of a long-term debt reduction plan. The bond issue was $7.5 million in 1997 and $8 million in 1996. The county's debt service will peak in 2001 at about $12 million before dropping.

The Washington County Commissioners approved a measure enabling the PenMar Development Corp. and the Washington County Agricultural Education Center Inc. to receive county funding after a public hearing Tuesday.

No one testified for or against the use of public funds for the two nonprofit groups.

The commissioners haven't yet decided the amount of funding, if any, to give the groups.

Black Rock Golf Course will install new computer-controlled irrigation equipment at a cost of $35,833.

The County Commissioners approved the purchase Tuesday.

The system will adjust the amount of irrigation due to changes in the weather and replaces equipment that had become obsolete.

- Steven T. Dennis

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