Washington County briefs

May 03, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Application for fee exemption approved

Washington County residents facing financial hardships might receive a break from the Maryland Bay Restoration Fund Fee.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an application to the state to establish a Bay Fee Exemption Program in the county, including the City of Hagerstown.

The Washington County Community Action Council (CAC) would administer the program, if approved.

Applicants would have to meet two of the following requirements to be eligible for the exemption: receive energy assistance through CAC, household is at or below poverty income guidelines for Maryland per the Energy Assistance Office, receive supplemental security income (SSI) or food stamps, or receive veterans or Social Security disability benefits, according to information included in the county's agenda.

The county anticipates 350 households will be eligible for the exemption.

Week will focus on county's history

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed this week Washington County History Week.

They presented the proclamation to Mindy Marsden, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society and Miller House Museum; Tom Riford, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB); and the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites.


The Historical Society has partnered with The Herald-Mail to publish stories of historical interest every day this week, according to the presentation.

This weekend, the Association of Museums and Historic Sites and the CVB are sponsoring the third annual Museum Ramble.

The ramble is a self-guided tour of many of the county's museums. Seventeen museums are participating in the ramble.

The ramble is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Organizers suggest that visitors begin at the Visitors Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown, where coffee, juice, treats, maps and souvenirs will be available, according to information included in the county's meeting agenda. Directions to all sites also will be available.

The Visitors Welcome Center is at 16 Public Square in Hagerstown.

Cover the Uninsured Week is proclaimed

This week was named Cover the Uninsured Week by the Washington County Commissioners.

The County Commissioners made the proclamation at Tuesday's meeting.

According to the proclamation, 46 million Americans, or one in seven, do not have health insurance. Eight of 10 people who are uninsured are in working families, and more than 8 million children in America do not have health coverage, the proclamation states.

The proclamation states "uninsured Americans live sicker and die younger than those who are covered," and that "as costs continue to rise, fewer individuals and families can afford to pay for coverage and fewer small businesses are able to provide coverage for their employees."

Civil War heritage added to county plan

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday signed off on the Civil War Heritage Area Management Plan, which will allow the county and tourism and heritage-related nonprofit programs to apply for matching loans, grants and other assistance, according to the county.

The County Commissioners made amendments to its Comprehensive Plan to include language regarding the Civil War Heritage Area Management Plan.

Planned annexation consistent with plan

The proposed annexation of 197.57 acres from Washington County into Boonsboro is consistent with the county's Comprehensive Plan, the County Commissioners decided Tuesday.

Boonsboro has proposed the annexation to provide public water service to the area. The town plans to run a water main along Old National Pike to Mill Point Road, an area that the Washington County Health Department said has had contaminated wells.

The town also has proposed zoning the area suburban residential, town residential and general commercial upon annexation, according to county Planning Director Michael Thompson.

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