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Commissioners to hold evening meetings in towns

June 18, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The Washington County Commissioners in July will resume evening meetings in the county's towns.

The meetings will make county government more accessible to citizens and increase interaction between the commissioners and the county's nine municipalities, Commissioners President John F. Barr said.

"It'll give us a chance to give the municipalities a little more undivided attention," Barr said.

Director of Special Projects Gary Rohrer said the commissioners began holding evening meetings in the towns in the early 1990s. No evening meetings were held last year.

"Traditionally, they have been a place for mayors and councils, as well as citizens, to voice their concerns," said Norman Bassett, the county's public information director.

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The town meetings will be extensions of the commissioners' regular weekly meetings, which will begin at noon on days when evening meetings are scheduled, Bassett said. Evening meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and citizen participation will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The meetings will be in town halls, except for the Clear Spring meeting, which will be in the town's library. The location for the Boonsboro meeting will be announced later. The meetings will be separate from the county's annual tax set-off town meetings.

Meetings schedule

July 10: Clear Spring

July 31: Hancock

Aug. 7: Sharpsburg

Sep. 25: Smithsburg

Oct. 9: Williamsport

Oct. 23: Keedysville

Nov. 6: Funkstown

Dec. 4: Boonsboro

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