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Washington County briefs

June 05, 2002|by TARA REILLY

New county employees introduced at meeting


The Washington County Board of Commissioners introduced the following new employees at Tuesday's meeting:

-- Emanuel E. Wolfe Jr., buildings, grounds and parks maintenance worker.

-- James M. Woods, patrol deputy for the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

-- Ronald Lee Younker, correctional deputy for the Washington County Sheriff's Department.




John Clopper named Citizen of the Month


The Washington County Board of Commissioners named John Clopper Citizen of the Month for May at Tuesday's meeting.

Clopper has been a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for 11 years. He was chosen for the award by County Commissioner William Wivell.

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"He's been a real asset," Wivell said.

Wivell said Clopper has been instrumental in several solid waste initiatives, including organizing a poster contest for the naming of Earth Care Road at the Forty West Landfill and encouraging businesses to recycle.

"If we had a few more of you, Washington County would be a better place to live," Wivell said.




Commissioners approve transportation grants


The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved two grants geared toward assisting transportation services to senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The Maryland Transit Administration, through the Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program, awarded the Operating Assistance grant.

The state will give $161,522. The county will have to contribute $53,841 through in-kind services.

The other grant is also from the Maryland Transit Authority, under the Americans with Disability Act program, to help the county provide transportation services to those with disabilities.

The state will contribute $190,000 toward the services as a result of the grant, and the county will pay $19,000, which is included in the county's transportation department budget.

Both grants are for fiscal 2003.




Two farms are given preservation district OK


The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday gave their approval to 10-year agricultural preservation districts for two farms near Clear Spring.

The applicants for both of the Agricultural Land Preservation Districts are Robert, Andrew, Boyd and Joseph Michael and Susan Michael-Hoelschen.

The farms are along the east side of Big Pool Road, about three to four miles southwest of Clear Spring.

Landowners who have 100 or more contiguous acres and meet other criteria may establish 10-year agricultural land preservation districts. In exchange, they get property tax credits, including exemptions from paying county taxes on the land or farm buildings.




Scrap Tire Amnesty Day scheduled for Sept. 28


The 2002 Scrap Tire Amnesty Day will be held for Washington County residents on Sept. 28.

Scrap Tire Amnesty Day is a program funded by the Maryland Environmental Service under which residents may turn in scrap tires at county landfills, according to the county report.

The county will be reimbursed by the state for 100 tons of tires it takes in this year. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the following regulations Tuesday:

-- Residents will be allowed free disposal of up to six tires per vehicle or per household.

-- Residents will have to pay the regular fee for disposal of any tires above those allowed for the event.

The tires can be dropped off at the Forty West Landfill.




Reappointments made to two county boards


The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reappointed the following people to the Economic Development Commission: James Hamill, Roger Johnston, Douglas Wright and Charles Shindle.

The commissioners also reappointed the following to the Agricultural Education Center Board of Directors: John Herbst, Gerald Poffenberger and Edith Sweigert.




Zoning designation change is approved


The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request to rezone a .20-acre area from the rural, residential zoning designation to agricultural with Historic Preservation Overlay.

The applicant was Patricia Schooley. The land is located on the southeast corner of the square in Leitersburg at 21500 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road.

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