SHARPSBURG - After months of delays and 90 minutes of discussion on Monday night, Sharpsburg Town Council members voted 5-1 to endorse an application for a proposed Civil War Heritage Area.
The council approved the resolution for endorsement, stipulating that the town have representation in the development of a management plan for the heritage area.
Council members said if they don't like the final plan, they will bow out of the program.
Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties are applying to the state to be recognized as a Civil War Heritage Area.
The recognition would make towns in those areas eligible for tourism and financial benefits and the entire heritage areas would be eligible for state grants, loans and income tax credits, according to the proposal.
Under the proposal, most of southern Washington County and all municipalities in the county would be included in the heritage area.