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Annapolis notes

January 23, 2000

ANNAPOLIS - After winning a $165,000 state grant this week, Washington County Health System Inc. is already thinking about its next application to the Maryland Health Care Foundation.

The hospital will probably seek a grant to pay for children's dental services to be offered at its new health clinic on Walnut Street, said Sid Gale.

Gale traveled to Annapolis Thursday to accept the system's first grant from the year-old health care foundation, which will be used to establish a prescription drug program.

The program will help people wade through the complex paperwork involved in getting free drugs from pharmaceutical companies.

Delegates waiting for stadium ideas

ANNAPOLIS - The Washington County Commissioners are meeting with the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly this week.

Although a new stadium for Hagerstown will likely be on the agenda, there will be no decision on the controversial issue.

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The commissioners have proposed increasing the hotel-motel tax from 3 to 5 percent to pay for their share of the proposed Hagerstown Roundhouse and Sports Complex.

But delegation members said they are still waiting for the City of Hagerstown to work out the financing plan details.

"In my mind, we do nothing until we hear back from the city of Hagerstown," said Delegation Chairman Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.

McKee said he will notify the city that the delegation is facing bill-filing deadlines for this session, which ends April 10.

Mixup in wording stops pier project

ANNAPOLIS - The state is blocking a local charity from spending a state grant on a fishing pier for people with disabilities.

There was a problem with the wording of legislation that gave MIHI Inc. a matching grant in 1997, the organization's executive director, William K. Beard Jr., wrote to Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Beard has asked the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly to make the necessary changes.

Shank: Why govern museum's affairs?

ANNAPOLIS - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts might get more than it bargained for in its request to allow museum trustees to serve in honorary and emeritus roles.

The museum has asked the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly to change its governing rules.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, wondered why the group has to get state legislative approval.

"Isn't there any way to allow them to manage their own affairs?" he asked.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, suggested the delegation research the idea.

- Laura Ernde

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