Lawmakers agree to back local bond bills

January 26, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

ANNAPOLIS - The Washington County Delegation to the General Assembly agreed Wednesday to sponsor bills for bonds for several local projects.

· The Richard A. Henson Family YMCA in Hagerstown sought the largest bond, $400,000 for a new 9,000-square-foot youth and family gymnasium with a youth wellness center, and remodeling of some existing space for a teen activities center.

Executive Director Mike Flicek and Ellie Doub, president of the board of directors, told the lawmakers that the YMCA is operating "at a very high capacity."

Flicek said the YMCA has more than 8,700 members, and a clientele of about 15,000 yearly.

Among the programming the addition would allow, he said, would be fitness programs in partnership with the Washington County Health Department to fight child obesity.


Flicek anticipated the total cost of the expansion would be about $935,000. He said $452,000 had been raised.

· The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum near Sharpsburg requested $100,000 for a third building. Board member James Reeder said the total cost would be $200,000 to $250,000.

· Discovery Station in Hagerstown asked for $50,000 to upgrade its 1950 elevator. Board President B. Marie Byers said the elevator is required to meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

· The Police Athletic League sought $50,000 to replace exercise equipment. The league serves about 350 youths ages 7 to 17, according to Guy McCartney, who presented the request. About 70 to 75 percent of them are from low- to moderate-income homes.

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