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Road, sewer concerns aired at setoff meeting

February 01, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Representatives from Sharpsburg and Keedysville raised concerns Tuesday about roads and sewer capacity during the towns' annual tax setoff meeting with Washington County Commissioners.

Keedysville received $2,970 in tax setoff money, while Sharpsburg received $4,258. The amounts, which are calculated based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income, partially reimburse municipalities for police, parks and roads services.

Bob Markle, a Keedysville Ruritan member, told the commissioners he is concerned about the conditions of some area roads, and he asked what could be done about rubble from a demolished hotel near Taylor Park.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook told Markle the commissioners have asked the state delegation to look into the possibility of levying fines against property owners who violate zoning regulations.

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In response to Markle's other concern, Snook said the county is "still trying to play catch-up" with road repairs.

Sharpsburg Town Vice Mayor Ralph Hammond told commissioners he is worried new developments are putting a strain on the sewer system.

"I'm not sure you people take this into consideration when you hand out building permits," Hammond said.

Representatives from both towns met to discuss the setoff money at Keedysville Town Hall.

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