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School board budget approved

September 21, 1999

The Washington County Commissioners approved the Board of Education's Fiscal 2000 operating budget Tuesday.

The commissioners were scheduled to adopt the $113 million budget last week but the vote was delayed for one week so the commissioners could study the issue further. The County Commissioners gave the School Board $59.7 million for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.

The School Board recently finished reviewing its finances for the 1999 fiscal year that ended June 30. To close the books, it needed to move money between categories for the fourth quarter, adjusting for unexpected revenues and expenses.

Amendments to water, sewer plan OK'd

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday approved two amendments to the Washington County Water and Sewer Plan in order to prepare for two projects.

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The Washington County Planning Commission at its Sept. 13 meeting recommended the amendments. A joint public hearing on the amendments was held before the County Commissioners and the Planning Commission Aug. 24.

One amendment regards the planned transfer of flow from the Nicodemus Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant. The county plans to close the Nicodemus plant around July 2001.

A second amendment was needed because of an agreement merging sewage treatment operations for 111 households and 20 commercial properties south of Oak Ridge Drive along Sharpsburg Pike.

The properties would send their waste to the county's Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant instead of to Hagerstown's treatment plant.

Two rezonings approved

The Washington County Commissioners approved two rezonings Tuesday.

The commissioners voted unanimously to rezone five acres from business local and residential urban zoning to business general, which is less restrictive.

The property is on the east side of Pennsylvania Avenue, south of Longmeadow Road. The applicant is Maurice F. Johnston, trustee of the Maurice F. Johnston Revocable Trust.

M.S. Johnson Company Inc. sells and services restaurant and supermarket equipment as well as air conditioners, according to a county staff report.

They also voted to rezone 4.61 acres from agricultural to business transitional. The property is on the southeast side of Robinwood Drive, 1,500 feet northeast of Medical Campus Road. The applicant is Daniel Staley Development Company Inc.

The vote was 3-2 with Commissioners William J. Wivell and Paul L. Swartz opposed.

There have been enough changes in the surrounding areas to warrant both rezonings, the commissioners said.

The Washington County Planning Commission recommended both rezonings.

- Scott Butki

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