Washington County briefs

May 09, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

County asks for $2.3 million from job-creation fund

The county will ask for $2.3 million from a regional job-creation fund, but should expect to get far less, an economic development official said Tuesday.

Each year, Washington County applies to a Western Maryland board for grant money from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Timothy Troxell, the executive director of the Hagers- town-Washington County Economic Development Commission, who helped compile the wish list, said about $2.2 million to $2.4 million is available for the three counties combined.

So, Washington County is likely to get a fraction of what it requests, he said.

At the top of the county's list is $90,000 to build up the local biotechnology industry through amenities at Hagers- town Community College.

The Washington County Commissioners agreed at Tuesday's meeting that the HCC project should be the top priority.

They also said other items on the list might be a stretch for Appalachian Regional Commission funding, which is meant for economic growth and job creation.


Other requests on the list include $150,000 for the proposed Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, $10,500 for the Washington County Commission on Aging to work on a comprehensive plan and $10,000 for Washington County Leadership Development to train people to serve on nonprofit boards of directors.

The list of county development project requests totals $1.3 million.

In a separate transportation category, the county will seek $500,000 for a northwest connector bridge and $500,000 for an extension to Eastern Boulevard, both in Hagerstown.

The commissioners agreed that the Eastern Boulevard project should be the higher priority in the transportation category.

Board of elections member honored

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday honored Charles L. Mobley Jr., who is leaving the county's board of elections after 16 years - first as an alternate, then as a regular member, then as chairman.

Commissioners President John F. Barr, who served on the board of elections, called Mobley "tirelessly dedicated."

Mobley said it was rewarding to talk to people about the election process, explaining how voting machines work and how they have changed.

Mobley, a Republican, was not reappointed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. His term expires next month.

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