Washington County briefs

March 10, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Commission member cited for volunteering

A man who served on the Washington County Gaming Commission for five years was recognized Tuesday for his volunteer work.

The Washington County Commissioners presented Dieter Protsch with a certificate of merit at their weekly meeting.

Protsch served on the Gaming Commission since 1999. His second and final term expired Feb. 28.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook told Protsch his service helped improve the quality of life for county citizens.

The Gaming Commission has been responsible for distributing millions of dollars to community groups in the county, Snook said.

"It was an honor to serve on the county for that long a period," Protsch said.

County department budgets presented

Several Washington County department officials presented their proposed operating budgets for fiscal year 2005 to the County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget discussion was the first of several to be held in upcoming weeks. The amount of the proposed budget has not yet been released.


The proposed Black Rock Golf Course operating budget is $1,249,700 for fiscal year 2005. That is $33,161 more than the current fiscal year's budget of $1,216,539, according to the draft budget.

The tentative operating budget for Hagerstown Regional Airport is $1,480,110, which is $810 more than the $1,479,300 budget for the current fiscal year.

The proposed operating budget for the Transportation Department is $1,780,500, up $44,715 from the current fiscal year's budget of $1,735,785.

County, T-Mobile negotiating tower

Washington County is in negotiations with T-Mobile to place an 80-foot cellular phone mono-pole on the Sandy Hook water tank property, county Real Property Administrator Dean Lowry said Tuesday.

Lowry told the County Commissioners that T-Mobile would lease the property for $100 a month, or $1,200 a year.

The lease would be good for five years and include options for renewal, he said.

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