Washington County briefs

January 23, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Commissioners meet in Clear Spring

The Washington County Commissioners held the second half of their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library in Clear Spring.

About 25 people attended the meeting, which was part of the county commissioners' efforts to hold night meetings in the county's municipalities.

Most of the people in attendance were there to comment on the proposed Pinesburg Quarry expansion. The commissioners likely will vote in the next few weeks on a rezoning that would allow the quarry to expand.

Several residents asked how the vote will go, and said they were opposed to the rezoning, which would affect about 77 acres of farmland along Md. 68 near Bottom Road.


The commissioners said they legally could not comment on the matter, which was closed to public comment after the public hearing. They said people could comment, but the commissioners could not take those comments under consideration.

Commissioner James F. Kercheval likened it to a court case in which the jury has to deliberate after hearing both sides of an issue.

The Washington County Planning Commission voted 4-1 earlier this month to recommend approval of the rezoning.

Commissioners OK Boonsboro rezoning

The Washington County Commissioners reached a consensus Tuesday to approve a rezoning of 9.42 acres in Boonsboro.

Walter Lawson, who owns the property at 21023 Keadle Road, asked the county to rezone the property from rural business to environmental conservation after the owner of a business on the property died, County Planning Director Michael C. Thompson said.

The family of the former business owner has no plans to continue the business, Thompson said.

The county commissioners will take a formal vote on the annexation in the next month.

Emergency services software approved

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the purchase of automated box card software for the Washington County Emergency Services Department.

A contract for $53,477 was awarded to Deccan International of San Diego to construct the software.

The software will allow the department to automatically specify the order of response for emergency stations and vehicles, said Kevin Lewis, interim director of the emergency services department.

The software purchase was approved unanimously by the commissioners.

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