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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

October 16, 2012

County to get $96,000 grant for emergency services

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County is getting more than $96,000 in a matching grant from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to accept the grant. Commissioner John F. Barr did not attend the meeting.

Kevin L. Lewis, the county’s director of emergency services, said this has been a solid source of funding each year.

A memo Lewis prepared says: “MEMA distributes funding to all local jurisdictions on an annual basis to enhance and strengthen emergency management capabilities at the state and local level.”

Local governments must match 100 percent of the grant money.

County to buy land for repair of Marble Quarry Road bridge

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County has agreed to buy land for a right of way for the repair of the Marble Quarry Road bridge near Keedysville.

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The county commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to spend $1,602 on the purchase.

Joe Kuhna, the county’s real property administrator, said the property the county is buying is a little less than 6,000 square feet in a flood plain.

The bridge, which was built in 1920, will expand from one lane to two lanes, Kuhna said.

County to hold second hearing on proposed 911 ordinance

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The county will have a second public hearing on a proposed ordinance governing 911 addresses.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing nearly three months ago on the ordinance, which, county officials say, would codify longstanding practice for assigning and enforcing 911 addresses.

Deputy County Attorney Kirk C. Downey said the county needs a second public hearing because the commissioners want to change the penalty portion of the ordinance.

Initially, violation of the ordinance was proposed to be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 a day.

The commissioners decided a few weeks later that that penalty is too harsh. They agreed to lower it to $75 — a set fine by resolution rather than a maximum fine written into the ordinance. A violation would no longer be a misdemeanor.

Downey said the second public hearing, which has not been scheduled, will be limited to that change.

Students recognized with Youth Meritorious Awards

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Joseph Micco, a Clear Spring Middle School eighth-grader, and Shelby Griffith, a Boonsboro High School 12th-grader, were given Washington County Youth Meritorious Awards on Tuesday.

Earl Meagher nominated Micco, writing that he respects adults, students and learning and has been on the distinguished honor roll many times. He also participates in several extracurricular activities, including all-county chorus.

Jason Orendi nominated Griffith, writing that she has been more than the ideal student, holding a 3.8 grade-point average. She is a captain of both the volleyball team and Future Farmers of America.

The Washington County Office of Community Grant Management chose the winners.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners gave each student a $100 Office Max gift certificate and a county pin.

Economic Development Week declared

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday declared Oct. 15 through 19 to be Economic Development Week.

The commissioners gave a proclamation to Daniel Pheil, the chairman of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission board of directors.

Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said the atmosphere of economic development has improved locally in areas such as marketing and attention to small businesses.

Later in the day, county spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher issued a news release that says the commissioners, the EDC and other county staff have visited more than 35 businesses in recent months to get “a better understanding and insight of many companies’ accomplishments and challenges.”

Funkstown mayor elected chair of gaming commission

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Paul N. Crampton III of Funkstown has been elected chair of the Washington County Gaming Commission. Jan Cirincione of Hagerstown has been chosen vice chair.

The election was held during the commission’s Oct. 9 meeting. Washington County announced the changes in a news release on Monday.

Other members of the 2012-13 gaming commission are: Larry Kessler of Hancock, John Menard of Hagerstown, Greg Shank of Williamsport, Earl “Rusty” Baker of Hagerstown and John “Doug” Ford of Hagerstown.

The gaming commission distributes tip-jar proceeds to local charities through an application process.

— Andrew Schotz

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