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Washington County Board of Commissioners briefs

July 23, 2013

Commissioners hear call for rural representation

Officials with the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition on Tuesday updated the Washington County Board of Commissioners on the group’s annual activities.

Chairman Michael McKay, president of the Allegany County commissioners, said the coalition represents 10 jurisdictions, including Washington County, and nearly one million people.

The goal of the group is not to compete against other municipal organizations, but to bring an increased rural representation and awareness to state lawmakers in Annapolis, McKay said.

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“We’re not always going to get our way. No one ever does,” said coalition board member Blaine Young, who is also president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners. “But having a voice in Annapolis is important.”

“We are on the radar,” McKay told the five commissioners.

Contract awarded for stream restoration

By a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners awarded a stream restoration contract to Fayetteville Contractors, Inc., of Fayetteville, Pa., for $377,825.05.

The project involves the stabilization of about 550 feet of the Little Antietam Creek along Greensburg Road by recreating a stable stream channel more resistant to erosion, according to county documents.

The county will earn credit toward its Watershed Implementation Plan to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay through the project, which will reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution.

Appointments to county boards

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the following appointments to county boards and/or commissions:

Animal Control Authority — Betsy Herbst, reappointed as agricultural community representative to a second, three-year term.

Local Management Board — Tenneille Aleshire and Teresa Shifler reappointed as community representatives, and Richelle Scrugham reappointed as the Division of Parole and Probation representation, all to second, three-year terms.

— C.J. Lovelace

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