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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.

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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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