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Mail Call - March 12

March 11, 2013

“We bought that Phoenix building several years ago for the jail use, now we want to turn it over to a contractor, then hire a director and a deputy director, and have the contractor furnish us all these services. Wake up, county commissioners. Don’t outsource it. Use existing employees and the health department to provide counseling and all. Save some money, please.”
— Washington County

“If traffic on Downsville Pike is a nightmare, somebody needs to stay home.”
— Williamsport

“This is in reference that was in Mail Call Thursday, Feb. 28. It’s concerning the Allegheny Energy building. It said it makes the most sense, after all, because they’re paid for by Washington County taxpayers. I live in the city limits of Hagerstown, and I pay both city and county taxes, so therefore I think the city, you know, would also have the right to have the buildings downtown. Just a thought.”
— Hagerstown

“The Washington County Commissioners need to wise up and get a handle on the volunteer fire companies’ money-handling problems. There have been problems with Halfway, Clear Spring, Western Enterprise and Fairplay. ... They need to look deeper.”
— Washington County

“There are a number of developers around the county who have been given perks by the county commissioners and the city council, in the form of no excise taxes, or free utility extensions, reduced or free taxes for several years, and so on. Why doesn’t the city council get some of these developers to move their offices or headquarters downtown?”
— Clear Spring

“Where do I sign up to help with the ‘Dr. Ben Carson for president’ campaign?”
— Halfway

“Well, Hagerstown mayor and council, I see two more businesses decided to leave skid marks and leave town, being the Brickyard Grill on Washington Street and Bikle’s on North Potomac. No wonder everybody’s leaving town. No baseball stadium, and The Maryland Theatre hardly being used, which should be used on a week-to-week basis, with some real entertainment. And by the way, whatever happened to that women’s shoe store that was going to open on the square? I see they decided ... Like usual, too much bureaucratic red tape to open up.”
— Hagerstown

“You will never be able to revitalize downtown until when a prisoner is released from local prisons, he or she must go back to their place of residence before they were arrested, and meet with their parole officer there. Do not bring them into Hagerstown to Social Services and help them with low rent and handouts.”
— Williamsport















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