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Washington County briefs

March 21, 2007|by TARA REILLY

Tuesday proclaimed Hometown Heroes Day



The Washington County Commissioners made several proclamations Tuesday.

The commissioners proclaimed the day Hometown Heroes Day in Washington County and named March as American Red Cross Month, in honor of the Washington County Chapter.

The commissioners also named March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.




Four properties given preservation approval



Four Washington County properties were approved Tuesday to be included in the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

The approval by the County Commissioners means the landowners will receive $62,982 in tax credits for agreeing to keep the property free of development for 10 years.

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The properties are:

· Kriner Farm LLC, 268.4 acres at 11065 Dam No. 5 Road, Clear Spring.

· Theodore Rosenberry, 104.52 acres at 12574 Indian Springs Road, Clear Spring.

· Robert Martz, 88.87 acres, 11429 White Hall Road, Smithsburg.

· Rodney E. Dill, 168.03 acres, 19911 Mill Point Road, Boonsboro.




Agriculture Museum bids rejected Tuesday



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday rejected bids for the construction of an Agriculture Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike. The bids came in over budget, according to county documents.

The county has $200,000 budgeted for the project, but the lowest base bid was $385,677.

Buildings, Grounds and Parks Director James Sterling said he thinks costs could be reduced for the project. County officials discussed rebidding it.

The new building would be a pole barn-type structure with wood posts and framing, according to county documents.

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