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Washington County Commissioners meeting briefs

September 11, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

Proclamation from Bush is read at meeting



The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday opened their session with a reading from a proclamation by President Bush designating Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002 as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

The commissioners followed the reading with a moment of silence.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said last year at this time, the commissioners were presenting a proclamation for 911 Emergency Number Day.

"Little did we know," he said.




10-year payment plan is OK'd for airport loan



The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to set a 4.5 percent fixed rate for Hagerstown Regional Airport to repay the county's general fund the money it borrowed in June to buy a fuel station.

The commissioners, by a 4-1 vote, agreed the airport fund would repay the money over 10 years.

The Hagerstown Regional Airport borrowed money in June to buy a $790,000 fuel station at the airport from Aero-Smith Inc.

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The rate was originally proposed at 4 percent.

County Budget and Finance Director Debra Bastian recommended the county approve a fixed loan rate because the airport "has a tight budget."

Commissioner William J. Wivell voted against the measure.

Wivell said he voted against the purchase of the station, and would not support the loan rate.

The station includes two above-ground 15,000-gallon fuel tanks, a hangar, office space and rights to an apron where pilots can park planes.

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