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Washington Co. Commissioners meet in Maugansville

Recycling issues, air service at the airport and recognition of softball team among items discussed

September 27, 2011|By DAVE McMILLON | davem@herald-mail.com

MAUGANSVILLE — Problems with people bringing recyclables into Washington County from out of state, air service at Hagerstown Regional Airport and recognition of a top-ranked local softball team were among the highlights of a Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night in Maugansville.

The commissioners periodically meet in towns across the county, and on Tuesday met with about 40 people at the Maugansville Ruritan building.

There are two drop-off recycling containers outside the Maugansville Ruritan building along Maugans Avenue and out-of-state residents often dispose of recyclables in the bins, Mike Danley said during a public comment period.

When the bins fill up, trash often spills and blows around the parking lot, Danley and another man said.

Cliff Engle, who heads the county's solid waste department, said county laws prohibit waste being brought into the county from another county or state.

Engle said use of security cameras at the recycling sites might help enforce the laws.

County officials are reviewing the county's recycling program and whether to continue the recycling drop-off boxes, Engle said.

Marty Lumm, who lives just outside Maugansville, asked the commissioners if there are any new developments on commercial flight service at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said efforts to bring airline service to the airport have continued since Direct Air departed. He said there have been negotiations with at least two carriers about service here.

Lumm also wanted to know details about rerouting Shawley Drive.

Kroboth said authorities are in the process of getting rights of way for the redirecting of the road.

Kroboth said construction could begin next summer and a private developer will do part of the work.

"It will be a relatively short project, maybe four or five months," Kroboth said.

The commissioners presented a certificate of merit to the Northwestern Mutual softball team from Hagerstown, which won the Amateur Softball Association national championship in Salem, Va., on Labor Day weekend.

The team will leave for Oklahoma City, Okla., on Thursday to compete in the softball association's world series, said the team's coach, Ed Lough.

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