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Appointments to water-sewer commission made

November 24, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

A state-mandated commission to consider long-term water and sewer needs in Washington County will hold its first meeting next week.

The appointments to the Washington County Water and Sewer Infrastructure Commission were finalized Tuesday at Hagerstown City Council's voting session.

At Tuesday's meeting, Mayor William M. Breichner appointed City Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire, local businessman Kurt Cushwa and Hagerstown Trust Senior Vice President Tim Henry.

The commission was created by state law during this year's General Assembly session.

Merle Elliott, a local businessman also known for fund-raising involvement at Hagerstown Community College and other local institutions, has been appointed the chairman of the commission.

"We're expecting a lot of work" for the commission, Elliott said.

Elliott said the commission must make its first report to the state by the end of the year, although that report will be limited because it is likely the group will have met only once by then, he said.

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The commission, which will meet Dec. 3, will consider the existing water and sewer facilities throughout the county in conjunction with population projections, Elliott said.

With that information, the commission must develop a long-term plan that identifies the county's needs, as well as a way to provide for those needs through 2055, according to the legislation.

There are 21 voting members on the commission, plus three nonvoting members. The group's work is scheduled to be complete by June 30, 2006.

One of the reasons the commission was instituted, Breichner said Tuesday, was to consider whether to consolidate city- and county-owned water and sewer operations.

Breichner said he doesn't believe the commission will result in a joint city and county water-sewer authority because he thinks it would be impractical.

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