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Commissioners meet in Boonsboro

Officials ask for curbside recycling funding, representation on Gaming Commission

Officials ask for curbside recycling funding, representation on Gaming Commission

August 25, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

BOONSBORO -- Representation on the Washington County Gaming Commission, funding for a curbside recycling program and support for a proposed public transportation route to Boonsboro were among the requests Boonsboro officials made to the Washington County Commissioners during a meeting Tuesday evening in the town.

About 50 people attended the meeting at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Park.

Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. stressed that Boonsboro is the largest town in Washington County, is growing rapidly and serves as a hub for all of South County.

Kauffman noted South Mountain Little League requested $26,315 from the county's Gaming Fund this year, but received only $2,000. He said he would like to see someone from South County serve on the Gaming Commission, the seven-member board that distributes funding from tip-jar gaming to charitable organizations.

"We'd like to get our fair share down here in South County," Kauffman said.

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James B. Hovis, director of the Washington County Gaming Office, said one reason South Mountain Little League's request might not have ranked higher for funding was that much of it was for fencing. Historically, the Gaming Commission has not funded fencing because there is a risk the league could relocate and lose the benefit of the fencing, Hovis said.

Hovis said members of the Gaming Commission are appointed by various entities, with only three of the seven appointed by the county commissioners.

Hovis said one seat on the commission will be opening Oct. 1, and another is expected to open in February.

Anyone interested in serving on the commission may obtain an application online at www.washco-md.net/commissioners/boards.shtm, county clerk Vicki C. Lumm said. Those interested in the Oct. 1 opening should apply within the next week, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.

Boonsboro councilwoman and recycling task force member Barbara Wetzel said the town received a $10,000 grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation toward the town's efforts to introduce curbside recycling service, and asked the commissioners if the county would contribute some funding, too.

Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire said the county has been working toward a countywide curbside recycling program and urged the town to wait to participate in the county's program.

Kauffman said the town was excited to learn that a consultant studying the county's transit system suggested introducing a rural route system that would include four trips a day to South County towns, including Boonsboro. He encouraged the commissioners to support that proposal.

Murray said the consultant was scheduled to release a new version of his recommendations Sept. 4.

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The Washington County Commissioners hold an evening meeting in one of the county's municipalities roughly once a month. The meeting schedule is available online at www.washco-md.net/commiss_menu.shtm.

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