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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.

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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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