Washington County briefs

March 23, 2005

Commissioners give bread to Mikulski

Before the Washington County Commissioners began their meeting Tuesday with U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, they had a fresh-baked gift for her.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook presented Mikulski, D-Md., with two loaves of raisin bread from Sanders Cookie Jar Bakery on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"They were freshly baked this morning," Snook said.

Snook said a loaf was for Mikulski and the other was for her staff.

Mikulski, who said she likes raisin bread, joked, "The one thing I need is more sugar and starch."

The senator posed for a photo with Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner, as each held a loaf of bread. Mikulski's left arm was in a sling. She said she slipped and fell.

The meeting was at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, shortly before Mikulski cut the ribbon to her new Western Maryland office.


The office is in Room 203 of the education center at 323 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

Public hearing to be held on landfill fees

The Washington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing April 12 on a proposal to raise landfill fees.

The County Commissioners discussed the proposed fees at Tuesday's meeting.

Under the staff proposal, large haulers would pay $43 per ton of sanitary waste, up from $39.

Permit fees would rise by $10 for senior citizens and by $15 for other permit holders.

Seniors would pay $100, up from the current $90 permit fee. Other permit holders would pay $135, up from $120, according to the proposal.

Last week, Commissioner John C. Munson said that while the Forty West Landfill makes enough money to be self-supporting, that's not the case with the four smaller trash dropoff sites throughout the county.

He said transferring trash from the dropoff sites to the landfill is costly to the county.

- Tara Reilly

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