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April 03, 2001

County Briefs



County names April Fair Housing Month


The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday named April Fair Housing Awareness Month.

While reading the proclamation for the month, Commissioner Gregory I. Snook expressed continued support for the Washington County Community Housing Resource Board for its work to promote fair housing awareness and rights.

New member appointed to gaming commission


The Washington County Commissioners appointed Peter Kinman to the Washington County Gaming Commission.

Kinman will fill the seat vacated by Camille Hendrickson.

Two county farms' taxes set aside for 10 years


The County Commissioners Tuesday designated two Smithsburg area farms as agriculture preservation districts.

That decision came after public hearings Tuesday to consider farm properies owned by John Clagett and Samuel Hunter.

Clagett's 186-acre dairy farm is at 11310 Mapleville Road. Hunter's 68-acre beef and crop farm is at 23130 Welty Church Road.

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The applicants volunteered to put their farms into 10-year agriculture preservation districts.

In exchange for agreeing not to develop their land for 10 years, Clagett and Hunter will pay no county tax on the land or farm buildings, said Eric Seifarth, farmland preservation adminstrator.

- Scott Butki

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