Washington County briefs

July 30, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

County to help fund Little League team's tournament travels

A local Little League team on its way to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament will get some help with its travel expenses from Washington County.

The County Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve $10,000 in hotel-motel tax revenue to help pay some expenses for the Federal Little League 11-12 All-Stars, which begin play Thursday in the mid-Atlantic tournament in Bristol, Conn.

The All-Stars won the Maryland State Tournament title Friday, the first Washington County team to do so in 18 years.

The winner of the regional tournament will advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Commissioner William J. Wivell voted against approving the funding Tuesday, saying it made him "uneasy" and that it could set a "bad precedent" because there are many other Little League teams in Washington County.


Commissioner Terry L. Baker said he disagreed, noting that the team has not had enough time to raise its own funds for the trip.

"This has only happened once in the last 18 years," said Baker, who also suggested that the county provide T-shirts and county pins to the team.

Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire was out of the room for the vote.

Road work begins at Smithsburg school complex

County workers have started widening the intersection at the Smithsburg school complex, Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth II said Tuesday.

During a Washington County Commissioners meeting in Smithsburg in June, the county commissioners agreed to use $50,000 from the commissioners' contingency fund to help pay for the work, which is needed to accommodate traffic there.

The work should be finished by the time school begins next month, Kroboth said.

Commissioners accept $600,000 public safety grant

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept a $600,000 federal public safety grant.

The grant, which will help fund the county's communications network upgrade, was authorized under federal legislation passed in 2005 that provided $1 billion in grants to help public safety agencies improve their communications networks.

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