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Washington County briefs

April 25, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

Nonprofits request to be added to county list



Three nonprofit organizations have asked to be added to the county list in 2008.

The Washington County Commissioners held a public hearing during its weekly meeting Tuesday to consider adding The Exchange Club Parent-Child Center Inc., Antietam Healthcare Foundation Inc., and Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc. to its list of nonprofit organizations.

In a memo sent to the board, County Attorney John Martirano said adding an organization to the list does not "assure that the organization will receive funding from the board."

No public comment was offered during the hearing, but representatives from each organization confirmed written requests to be added to the county list.

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All of the organizations are registered 501(c) 3 tax exempt groups.

The board will vote on the results of the hearing at a later date.




County hears report on development rights



Washington County has an estimated 14,000 transferable development rights (TDR), according to the results of a preliminary TDR study presented Tuesday to the Washington County Commissioners.

Eric Seifarth, TDR project manager and farmland preservation administrator, said a program to transfer development rights aligns with the commissioners' first goal of presenting recommendations for equity and land preservation.

Representatives from planning and law group White & Smith LLC examined about 1,700 parcel sales in an effort to "zero in" on the value of a TDR in Washington County.

The study identified rural areas from which development rights could be transferred, and "receiving areas," or places where development rights could be applied to increase density, and found each TDR to have a value of about $10,000.

Commissioners expressed concern that a TDR program would not provide farmers with the amount of equity sought by the board.




Crime victims' rights week proclaimed



Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr proclaimed this week Washington County Crime Victims' Rights Week during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday.

Reading a proclamation before members of the State's Attorney's Victims Rights Unit, Barr honored crime victims and those who serve them.

"The Washington County State's Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Unit is joining forces with victim service programs, criminal justice officials and concerned citizens to raise awareness of National Crime Victim's Rights week to ensure that every victim is afforded every legal right and treated as a crucial participant in our criminal justice system," he read.

Washington County Crime Victims' Right Week runs April 22-28 in conjunction with the National Crime Victims' Right Week.

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