Washington County Briefs

November 16, 2005|by TARA REILLY

County to save money after amending bond

Washington County will save nearly $102,000 after amending a $5.3 million water quality bond.

The modification reduces the interest rate on the bond from 4.89 percent to 3.4 percent, resulting in savings of $101,936 over the remaining six-year life of the loan, according to information provided by the county.

County endorses plan for museum

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday endorsed a concept plan for a transportation museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, south of Hagerstown on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65).

Sen. Donald Munson, R-Washington, has offered to propose legislation in the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session that would provide a $100,000 state matching grant to build and equip the museum, according to information provided by the county.


The museum would give the public the opportunity to view the progression of transportation used to make rural life "easier and more productive prior to 1940," according to the information.

"I'm not going to stand in your way to pursue state grant money ..." Commissioner James F. Kercheval told county Buildings, Grounds and Parks Director Jim Sterling and Jerry Poffenberger, chair of the Agricultural Education Center board of directors.

The Maryland Dairy Shrine has proposed a museum at the Education Center site to honor the dairy industry.

Sterling said that museum was "still up in the air," but that the shrine anticipates returning to the commissioners later for approval.

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