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September 03, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

County Commissioners discuss whether to make Antietam Creek part of Maryland Water Trails Program



The Washington County Commissioners discussed Tuesday whether to make Antietam Creek part of the Maryland Water Trails Program, a state program that helps local governments map and promote waterways for recreational use.

The program, which is part of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), offers grant money and technical assistance to produce tourist-friendly maps of the waterways, including information on access points and other features along the water, Commissioner James F. Kercheval said.

At an informational meeting on the program, both property owners and creek users expressed support for the idea, saying it would guide kayakers, tubers and other creek users to appropriate access points, thus discouraging them from trespassing on private property, Kercheval said.

The county also could consider building better access points and parking areas along the creek, he said.

The commissioners agreed to write a letter to the DNR expressing interest in the program, but said additional discussion would be needed before committing any funding to the project.

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Operator trainee sought for the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant



Washington County is seeking a plant operator trainee for the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant, George William Sonnik III, the county's human resources director, said Tuesday.

The position is grade seven on the county's wage scale, which starts at about $27,000 per year, Sonnik said. The position has been open since the former plant operator was promoted to a position at the Clear Spring plant, he said.

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to authorize staff to advertise the position.

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