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County commissioner briefs

July 17, 2002

Tipping fees to be discussed Tuesday



Washington County Commissioners will discuss next week whether to increase Washington County Landfill tipping fees for commercial haulers.

Right now, large customers, including the City of Hagerstown, pay a discounted rate of $33 per ton to dump trash at the Washington County Landfill. The regular rate is $45 per ton.

The landfill's advisory board has recommended raising the discounted fee to $35 per ton, said Washington County Administrator Rodney Shoop.

Commissioner William J. Wivell, who sits on the board, is recommending the fee be set at $36 per ton.

The commissioners plan to discuss the issue at their meeting on Tuesday. A public hearing will also be held on the rate change, although a date has not been set.




Wivell donating part of salary to library project



Washington County Commissioner William J. Wivell will donate a month's salary to the Smithsburg Library project.

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On Tuesday, Wivell got permission from his fellow commissioners to divert the money, which amounts to a gross of $1,666.

"That's very nice, Bill," said Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

The new 10,000-square-foot library is to be built in the town's Veterans Park.

Friends of Smithsburg Library is trying to raise the estimated $1 million it will cost.




Emergency readiness event set for Aug. 17



As a response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Washington County will hold an event to help prepare people for emergencies.

Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day will be held Aug. 17 at the Robinwood Medical Center, organizer Brigitte Heller told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

There will be workshops for children and adults, said Heller, emergency medical services specialist for the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

- Laura Ernde

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