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Vote delayed on heritage application

February 10, 1999

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members decided again Monday night to delay a vote on whether to approve an application for a Civil War Heritage Area that would include the town, said Mayor George Kesler.

The council won't vote on the proposal until it is complete, Kesler said. The proposal is only a draft plan now, he said.

Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties are applying to the state to be recognized as a Civil War Heritage Area. The Town Council's approval is not needed for the application but was requested as a show of support.

The recognition would make towns in those areas eligible for tourism and financial benefits and the entire heritage area would be eligible for state grants, loans and income tax credits, according to the proposal.

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Under the proposal, most of southern Washington County and all municipalities in the county would be included in the heritage area.

The heritage area application must be submitted by the end of February.

Councilman Russ Weaver, who was absent on Monday, said earlier this month he was opposed to the town becoming part of the heritage area because he is against exploiting Antietam National Battlefield for tourism.

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