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Washington County Commissioners briefs

September 10, 2008

Commissioners begin live video broadcasts



The Washington County Commissioners began streaming video of their meetings online Tuesday.

The announcement that video of their meetings would be broadcast online came in June, almost one year after the commissioners began broadcasting live audio of their meetings on the county's Web site.

"It's another step in open meetings and making things accessible in county government," County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said Tuesday.

The Washington County Commissioners are the last major government body in the county to offer video of their meetings.

The Washington County Board of Education has broadcast its meeting on public access television for more than 10 years, and Hagerstown began showing city council meetings on TV in 2003.

A live video feed of the county commissioners meetings is available on Tuesdays at the county's Web site, www.washco-md.net.




County to provide deputies for wagon train festival



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to provide two county sheriff's deputies for next year's National Pike Festival and Wagon Train on May 16 and 17.

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The county also will let event organizers use the county's mailroom facilities and add them to the county's event insurance coverage.

The county commissioners support the request from event officials every year.

The event, which is in its 21st year, features a wagon train that travels from Clear Spring to Boonsboro.

-- Joshua Bowman

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