Washington County briefs

February 11, 2004

County considers allowing tip jars at Ag Center

The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pursue a request by several county nonprofits to operate tip jars during events held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Commissioner Doris Nipps said the county's recreation and parks board had endorsed the request, proposing that such requests be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and be limited to 501c3 organizations within Washington County.

Assistant County Attorney John Martirano said the county would have to clarify terms of its lease with the University of Maryland, which owns the property, to see whether state regulations would permit gambling at the site.

County sells surplus property

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to sell 23.1 acres along Marble Quarry Road near Keedysville to a group of adjacent property owners for $79,000.


Real Property Administrator Dean Lowry told the commissioners that much of the parcel, part of the Little Antietam Watershed, lies in a flood plain and couldn't be developed for its intended use as a park. The buyers planned to divide the property among them to preserve it from development, he said.

The commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of selling the property, with Commissioner William Wivell dissenting.

Barr appointed to Ag board

John Barr was appointed Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners to fill a vacancy on the Washington County Agricultural Education Center advisory board. He will fill the position left by the death of board member Garnet M. Gehr.

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