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April 23, 2003
The Washington County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to lower the temporary food service license fee for once-a-year events to $15, after a public hearing that drew no comments from residents. The County Commissioners approved the measure 3-1. Commissioner John C. Munson opposed the proposal, saying he didn't think any fee should be charged. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook was not at Tuesday's meeting. The Washington County Health Department recommended lowering the fee by $35, from $50 to $15 for once-a-year events, including yard sales.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | April 2, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a $10 surcharge on driver's license fees to subsidize Maryland's trauma centers. The legislation is similar to a bill that passed the House of Delegates earlier this session. Increasing the driver's license fee from $30 to $40 would raise about $8.8 million, which would help pay trauma surgeons' costs for being on call and treating uninsured patients. Under the Senate bill, Washington County Hospital trauma center doctors would receive up to $810,000 toward their on-call costs.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | March 12, 2003
Yesterday I got the first letter complaining about the proposal to fund Maryland's trauma system by raising the cost of renewing your driver's license every five years from $30 to $40. Just what is the state doing with all our money, the letter-writer asked. The answer: Saving lives. The $9 million it should raise will prop up a system that was in danger of collapse last summer. The Washington County Hospital's trauma center was closed for four months, forcing the transport of some critically injured patients out of the area.
NEWS
January 25, 2002
Washington County liquor board wants license fee increase By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Washington County liquor board members want to raise the price of some of its licenses to cover increased expenses. But local lawmakers say they are not willing to pursue legislation this year because the request came in too late. The liquor board, formally known as the Board of License Commissioners, made the request in a letter to the delegation.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | April 4, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com A Maryland Senate panel is revising its plan to subsidize trauma centers, proposing to raise money through the state's vehicle registration fee instead of the driver's license fee. Its action means that a conference committee between the House and the Senate must decide by Monday which fee to raise in order to keep the network running. Earlier this session, the House of Delegates voted to raise the driver's license fee to $40 from $30. But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas Middleton, D-Charles, said it makes more sense to increase the vehicle registration fee, $22 of which already supports the trauma network.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 7, 2006
Property owners who leave buildings vacant for too long would have to get a license and pay a fee under a system being considered in Hagerstown. How long is too long and how much they would pay haven't been decided. John Lestitian, the city's chief code enforcement officer, said the program would improve public safety because the city would inspect buildings before granting licenses. He said the city, for example, might look for combustible materials being stored in a vacant building in a neighborhood.
NEWS
October 19, 2011
Fee waivers save customers $8K Fee waivers during Washington County's Residential Customer Appreciation Week Oct. 10-14 saved customers a total of $8,619.55, a county official said Tuesday. During the appreciation week, the county waived permit application fees, technology fees, and residential single-lot grading and stormwater management plan review fees. The county processed 85 residential permit applications and reviewed nine grading and stormwater management plans during the appreciation week, said Jennifer Smith, director of the Division of Plan Review and Permitting.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | July 24, 2003
Ordinance would restrict peddling The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would place restrictions on people peddling in public places. Under the ordinance, peddlers selling from a vehicle going from place to place must not: Sell from the same location for more than 30 minutes at one time. Sell from the same location more than once a day. Sell within 300 feet of a permanent store, restaurant or other business location offering for sale similar or competing products to those of the licensed peddler.
NEWS
January 24, 2001
Marriage fee hike submitted By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - The Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly voted Wednesday to increase the county's marriage license fee and give a property tax credit to firefighters. continued State lawmakers also voted to make several small changes to local liquor laws, but rejected further changes to the six-year-old tip jar gambling law. Lawmakers voted to submit a bill to hike the marriage license fee from $60 to $65 to raise money for CASA, or Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, a Hagerstown agency that provides shelter and counseling for people threatened by domestic violence.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | April 8, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation Monday to subsidize the state's trauma centers, going with an 11th-hour plan to pay for it by increasing the vehicle registration fee. Cost of a two-year vehicle registration would increase from $76 to $81, which would raise more than $12 million to keep the trauma network running. The money would help cover trauma surgeons' costs for being on call and treating uninsured and underinsured patients.
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NEWS
October 19, 2011
Fee waivers save customers $8K Fee waivers during Washington County's Residential Customer Appreciation Week Oct. 10-14 saved customers a total of $8,619.55, a county official said Tuesday. During the appreciation week, the county waived permit application fees, technology fees, and residential single-lot grading and stormwater management plan review fees. The county processed 85 residential permit applications and reviewed nine grading and stormwater management plans during the appreciation week, said Jennifer Smith, director of the Division of Plan Review and Permitting.
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NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 29, 2006
Council approves equipment expenditures A street sweeper, treatment chemicals and a backhoe loader were part of a group of items for which expenditures were approved by the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday. The council unanimously approved the group of expenses in what is known as a "consent agenda. " They included: · $184,361 to Atlantic Machinery of Silver Spring, Md., for a street sweeper to replace a current sweeper · $734,418 through a joint agreement with Washington County for water and wastewater treatment chemicals · $74,199 to Standard Equipment Co. of Frederick, Md., for a John Deere backhoe loader, replacing an excavator in the Water and Sewer Department · $18,240, through a state bid price, to Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, Md., for a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with towing and snowplow packages.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 7, 2006
Property owners who leave buildings vacant for too long would have to get a license and pay a fee under a system being considered in Hagerstown. How long is too long and how much they would pay haven't been decided. John Lestitian, the city's chief code enforcement officer, said the program would improve public safety because the city would inspect buildings before granting licenses. He said the city, for example, might look for combustible materials being stored in a vacant building in a neighborhood.
NEWS
December 30, 2004
Town of Bath Police Department gets cameras for squad cars BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - An in-car camera system was given to the Town of Bath Police Department by the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Program, Bath Police Chief Tony Lynch said Wednesday. The system costs between $3,000 and $5,000, he said. Lynch said 17 of the more than 200 municipalities in West Virginia have received the in-car camera system. Lynch said the Bath Police Department is active in the Click It or Ticket seat belt program as well as DUI checkpoints and active patrolling.
NEWS
April 21, 2004
Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236. You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "I see House Bill 794 allows the Washington County Commissioners to borrow $75 million for schools, highways and other capital projects.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | July 24, 2003
Ordinance would restrict peddling The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would place restrictions on people peddling in public places. Under the ordinance, peddlers selling from a vehicle going from place to place must not: Sell from the same location for more than 30 minutes at one time. Sell from the same location more than once a day. Sell within 300 feet of a permanent store, restaurant or other business location offering for sale similar or competing products to those of the licensed peddler.
NEWS
April 23, 2003
The Washington County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to lower the temporary food service license fee for once-a-year events to $15, after a public hearing that drew no comments from residents. The County Commissioners approved the measure 3-1. Commissioner John C. Munson opposed the proposal, saying he didn't think any fee should be charged. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook was not at Tuesday's meeting. The Washington County Health Department recommended lowering the fee by $35, from $50 to $15 for once-a-year events, including yard sales.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | April 8, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation Monday to subsidize the state's trauma centers, going with an 11th-hour plan to pay for it by increasing the vehicle registration fee. Cost of a two-year vehicle registration would increase from $76 to $81, which would raise more than $12 million to keep the trauma network running. The money would help cover trauma surgeons' costs for being on call and treating uninsured and underinsured patients.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | April 4, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com A Maryland Senate panel is revising its plan to subsidize trauma centers, proposing to raise money through the state's vehicle registration fee instead of the driver's license fee. Its action means that a conference committee between the House and the Senate must decide by Monday which fee to raise in order to keep the network running. Earlier this session, the House of Delegates voted to raise the driver's license fee to $40 from $30. But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas Middleton, D-Charles, said it makes more sense to increase the vehicle registration fee, $22 of which already supports the trauma network.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | April 2, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a $10 surcharge on driver's license fees to subsidize Maryland's trauma centers. The legislation is similar to a bill that passed the House of Delegates earlier this session. Increasing the driver's license fee from $30 to $40 would raise about $8.8 million, which would help pay trauma surgeons' costs for being on call and treating uninsured patients. Under the Senate bill, Washington County Hospital trauma center doctors would receive up to $810,000 toward their on-call costs.
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