Bowers wants minority affairs panel

April 22, 1998

Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers on Tuesday proposed creating a Washington County Commission on Minority Affairs.

Bowers said such a commission would look at minority issues from a countywide perspective, and could address everything from hiring practices to crime.

Bowers made the suggestion as Carolyn Brooks gave the Washington County Commissioners an update on the state-funded Hot Spot program that she coordinates.

The county has initiated several programs to address needs in the Jonathan Street community. The County Commissioners met last week with members of Brothers United Who Dare to Care Inc., and are setting up a mentoring program for youth.


Also, county employees will participate in a cleanup and beautification day in the Jonathan Street neighborhood Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Human Resources Director Alan Davis said.

The commissioners approved spending $15,600 for repairs to the Martin Luther King Center on North Street.

A Hot Spot community forum will be held this evening at the Sumans Avenue Community Building from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Educators and staff from the Washington County Board of Education will discuss educational issues, share ideas and answer questions.

- Staff Writer Steven T. Dennis

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