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April 24 County Commission briefs

April 24, 2002|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

Plane spraying insecticide to fly over South Mountain


A plane will soon fly over South Mountain and spray something, but there's no need to worry, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said at Tuesday's Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The plane will spray insecticide to control gypsy moths.


According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, spraying in Western Maryland will begin in a few weeks.

Residents in the affected areas will receive notices. More information is available at the department's Web site at www.mda.state.md.us or at a toll-free gypsy moth hotline at 1-800-492-2106.

Commissioners agree to pay for victim/witness coordinator


The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to help pay the salary of a victim/witness coordinator.

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The cost of the position is $38,299.52. A state grant covers half and the county pays the other half.

Washington County State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr. asked the commissioners on Tuesday to continue funding the position.

Long said the grant is in its third year, and probably its last, "unless we get a Republican governor."

The coordinator assists crime victims and witnesses.

"People who go to court really do appreciate it," Long said.

Proclamation issued for Crime Victims Rights Week

April 21 to 27 will be Washington County Crime Victims Rights Week, according to a proclamation the Washington County Board of Commissioners issued Tuesday.

The proclamation states that 6.3 million Americans are victims of violent crimes each year.

We "must bring honor to victims, striving to create a world where the legal rights of victims are honored and government agencies are accountable for their treatment of victims," the proclamation says.

Members reappointed to pair of county boards


The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reappointed members to two county boards.

Robert Ernst was appointed to another term on the planning commission.

Suzanne Lushbaugh, Jane Hershey and Nancy Kefauver were appointed to new terms on the Antietam Battlefield Advisory Committee.

Utility truck being purchased through Montgomery County


Washington County will buy a four-wheel-drive utility truck through a Montgomery County contract.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved buying the truck for $36,412 from Norris Ford in Baltimore.

The truck will replace a 1989 utility truck used by the Water & Sewer Department.

The truck was not available through a state contract, but Montgomery County had a contract for one, according to a memo from Purchasing Agent Karen Luther.

A change in state law in 1998 allows counties to enter contracts secured by other counties, Luther wrote.

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