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Kristin B. Aleshire, Democrat

July 20, 2006

Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire, a Democrat, has filed for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners.

Aleshire said he believes he has a way to make the development process more rational: Build county plans based on water and sewer capacities and needs, and let future development requests stream from the county's own priorities.

"We need to pick something that's the top of the umbrella, so to speak, and water and sewer are the top of the umbrella," Aleshire said Thursday.

Aleshire, 30, of Hagerstown, is finishing the first year of second term on Hagerstown City Council. He has served on numerous joint committees studying city and county issues.

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A member of the Washington County Water and Sewer Infrastructure Committee, Aleshire said because he believes the county could run out of sewer capacity within 15 years, the limited resource should drive planning decisions about the pace and type of development the county allows.

"My goal is for this county to figure out how we're going to use what we have left and where we're going to use it before it's all used up," he said.

A town planner for Myersville and Middletown in Frederick County, Md., Aleshire said the current process of granting or denying developments is inadequate.

"I'd say at best, it's first-come, first-served, at worst, it's arbitrary," he said.

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