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Tri-State area officials make wish lists for 2008

December 31, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD and JENNIFER FITCH

TRI-STATE - With a new year rapidly approaching, peace on earth, peace within specific municipalities, and a spirit of cooperation were high on the wish lists of some elected officials and others across the Tri-State area.

Still others pondering 2008 in terms of their offices or agencies were hoping for something a little more tangible.




Greencastle, Pa., Mayor Robert Eberly said he is looking for a spirit of cooperation in 2008 when Greencastle welcomes a new police chief, new police officers, three new borough council members and a new borough manager.

"We've got a lot of new faces," he said.

He said it is his hope that everyone can work together "to get the community what they need, deserve and want."




Fulton County (Pa.) Commissioner David R. Hoover II also expressed a desire for a spirit of cooperation.

"I hope we can work together and get a lot done to help the county," Hoover said of his top wish for 2008.

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Hoover said one of the things he believes the commissioners will do to help Fulton County is hold meetings across the county.

"We're gonna get out where they are, the people, (and) not just stay in a building," he said. "Once a month (we'll) have a meeting."

Hoover also wants to work on decreasing the number of buildings owned and used by the county because many are old and deteriorating.

"We're trying to cut down from six buildings to three," said Hoover, who is new to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

"I think another big one for me is to end the war in Iraq and get our soldiers home," Hoover said.




Keedysville Councilwoman Mary Robertson had three wishes, the first of which was close to home: "My son Chris to come home safely from Iraq."

She said her son, who got married shortly before he left, has been in Iraq for two months.

She also wished for "gas prices to go down" and for "all residents of Keedysville to live long and prosper."




Washington County Commissioner James F. Kercheval said the top item on his wish list for the coming year was "Protection from state cuts to county funding."

If he could have a second wish, he said, "I'd like to see a comprehensive transportation plan that identified locations of future road infrastructure to support a fully grown county."

The county has a plan, but not to that level of detail, he said.




Morgan County Commission President Glen R. Stotler's wish is to have ground broken and construction well along on a new courthouse by the end of 2008.

"That should happen," Stotler said.

Morgan County's historic courthouse in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was destroyed by an August 2006 fire, and the county government offices have been in trailers set up in the courthouse parking lot since then.

Architectural designs for the new buildings are expected to be completed by late January or early February, Stotler said.

Stotler said county leaders are working toward building a new hospital for the county and the plans for it are now being designed.

"Those are two biggies," Stotler said.




In Jefferson County, W.Va., Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith said she hopes town leaders are able to work hard for residents and "make the right decisions for the City of Charles Town."

And, she said, she'd like to have "peace and harmony all through the year."

Also at the top of her list was a wish for more money to complete the city's revitalization project and the relocation of utility lines between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Jefferson Avenue.

"I hope we can complete that project, love to see that get done," Smith said.




Candy Clopper, executive director of Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, Pa., wished for materials for the shelter.

Clopper said the humane society needs bleach, laundry detergent, cat food and cat litter. She also said sponges with a coarse side for scrubbing are needed.




Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas, noting that the county would have a new board of commissioners for the first time in 12 years, said his wish would be "and I believe we're well on the way - that we would be able to work together in the spirit of cooperation as the prior board has done."

Thomas, who is going into his 13th year as a Franklin County Commissioner, said he also wished for continued prosperity for the citizens and businesses of the region.

"I would just ask for health and happiness for all individuals and their families in the new year," Thomas said.




Washington County Board of Education member Ruth Anne Callaham said: "I think our No. 1 priority is our facilities. Antietam Academy is high on my list."

She said children there have special needs, including instruction in a small setting. The facility doesn't have air conditioning and needs other improvements.

Also, she said, she would like more money for the school system to offer preschool to more children.




Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper said, "My big wish would be that the community as a whole will be able to give input into local government."

He said he would like residents to remember that "our (police) officers do put their lives on the line 24/7."

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