Washington County briefs

March 09, 2011

Ag preservation areas changed

The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve changes to the county’s comprehensive plan for Priority Preservation Areas — areas given priority consideration for agricultural land preservation funding.

The changes modify the plan’s existing priority preservation component to address concerns raised by the Maryland Department of Planning as part of the Washington County Land Preservation Program certification in 2009, Senior Planner Jill Baker said.

State reviewers said the county’s preservation areas were too fragmented, leaving out some land in between existing easements.

Planners revised the map to address that concern, raising the total priority preservation area from 40,000 to almost 75,000 acres, Baker has said.


She stressed Tuesday that Priority Preservation Area designation is a planning tool and does not obligate the county to implement any preservation program.

A public hearing on the changes was held Feb. 8.

Property purchases approved

The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve acquisition of parts of two properties along Robinwood Drive for a total cost of $22,425.

Real Property Administrator Joe Kuhna described the purchases at 11208 Robinwood Drive and 11142 Robinwood Drive as “strip takes along the frontage to allow us to widen the road and put a sidewalk in there.”

The county plans to widen Robinwood Drive to four lanes between Medical Campus Road and the Hagerstown Community College.

Colorectal Cancer Month set

The Washington County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday designating March as Colorectal Cancer Month in Washington County.

The proclamation emphasized the importance of early detection and encouraged residents to be screened for colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Maryland, according to the proclamation.

Community Heath Educator Holly Luther and Nurse Case Manager Wendy Beckley of the Washington County Health Department accepted the proclamation.

Disability panelists reappointed

The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to reappoint Maurice Santiago, Jeff Gladhill, Brenda Laughlin and Ron Hooten to three-year terms on the Washington County Disability Advisory Committee.

They also reappointed Dr. Katy Carr to the Animal Control Authority as the veterinarian representative.

— Heather Keels

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