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By DAVE McMILLION | May 21, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Representatives of six local governments discussed issues ranging from taxes to recycling during a meeting Thursday night at Bulls & Bears Restaurant on South Potomac Street. Local government officials have expressed an interest in meeting as a "council of governments" to discuss issues that affect them, said Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire, who attended the meeting. In addition to the County Commissioners, representatives from the City of Hagerstown and the towns of Boonsboro, Keedysville, Smithsburg and Clear Spring attended the meeting.
July 1, 2008
Should local governments pay lobbyists to help them obtain federal or state funding? Yes 52 votes (20 percent) No 206 votes (80 percent) Results of online votes received as of 10:30 a.m. Monday
November 17, 2006
The Maryland General Assembly's fiscal advisors gave Governor-elect Martin O'Malley some good news and bad news this week. The good news is that because outgoing Gov. Robert Ehrlich left the state with $1.6 billion in cash reserves, the legislature won't have to do anything drastic in 2007. And the bad news? The state's structural deficit - the projected gap between revenues and expenses over the next four years - has increased from $4 billion to $5.8 billion. On Wednesday, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told The Associated Press that 2007 will be "a very challenging year for Governor O'Malley.
BY BOB MAGINNIS | May 24, 2002
At a time when many local governments are looking at things like impact fees to help them keep pace with rising costs, it seems incredible that for more than a dozen years, the borough of Chambersburg has charged nothing for hook-ups to its water and sewer system. That will change Jan. 1, but there's a lesson here for all local governments facing development pressure. Give borough officials credit for not trying to fudge the details. Borough Manager Eric Oyer told the borough council this week that if the new $3,035 fee had been in place for the past 12 years, Chambersburg would have had $2.5 million to use for capital improvements.
By BRENDAN KIRBY | May 9, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Administrators from Franklin County and its townships and boroughs contend they are on track to fix the so-called millennium bug, but independent experts warn they may be overconfident. [cont. from front page ] Analysts who track year 2000 computer issues said local governments as a whole have lagged in the effort to make their computer systems ready. "As far as we can tell, they're significantly worse than any other sector," said Leon A. Kappelman, a University of North Texas professor and head of the Y2K Working Group.
February 4, 1998
By JULIE E. GREENE and STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writers Washington County took another step on Tuesday toward securing the local filming of the movie "Gods and Generals. " The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a $250,000 loan guarantee for the movie during a Tuesday meeting. Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust has approved a $500,000 loan for pre-production costs, said Robert E. Ernst II, a bank vice president. So far, pledges of $382,000 have been raised to cover the loan if the movie is not made, Ernst said in a telephone interview last week.
March 26, 2001
Berkeley County Commission opposes bill MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission Thursday went on record opposing a bill in the West Virginia Legislature that would affect how local governments compensate their injured workers Commission Attorney Norwood Bentley III said the bill would eliminate the immunity local governments now have from being sued by their employees injured on the job on top of any workers' compensation claim....
By DAVID SALEH RAUF | Capital News Service | March 30, 2011
Maryland counties and municipalities are set to receive a one-time $13.2 million infusion to help maintain and repair battered roads, under spending plans recently approved by the House and Senate. State budgets approved by both chambers set aside the money for fiscal 2012 to help offset a series of funding cuts in recent years that have drastically slashed state aid dedicated for county and city road projects. The $13 million injection amounts to a minor victory for the state's local governments that in recent years have been forced to tap emergency funds, revert to a series of “patchwork” fixes or shelve road projects altogether, said Michael Bennett, president of the Maryland Municipal League.
January 30, 2001
Pennsy lawmakers want planners to key on water Two Pennsylvania lawmakers are pushing a revolutionary proposition this month - that the real limit on residential development is not how much land is available, but how much water is underneath it. The two aren't talking about regulating local development matters, but they do want local governments to start thinking about the issue. The push to get local governments to take a closer look at how development affects water resources comes from state Sen. James Gerlach, R-Chester, and Rep. David Steil, R-Bucks, co-authors of a bill to allow different towns sharing the same watershed to write a single plan to protect water resources.
by JULIE E. GREENE | February 16, 2005
Boonsboro High CAC talks to school board Members of Boonsboro High School's Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) continued their presentations to local governments Tuesday night by visiting the Washington County Board of Education. The group is trying to get local governments, including the school board, Washington County Commissioners and municipal elected officials, to approve a resolution for a Council of Governments. The Council of Governments, or COG, would improve communication among local government bodies concerning important issues such as growth, members said.
August 5, 2013
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Board of Education 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, Aug. 6, 8:30 a.m. Agenda • 8:30 a.m.: Joint meeting with the Board of Education     (1) 2013 educational facilities master plan • 9:45 a.m.: Depart for County Administration Building, Room 227, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown • 10:05 a.m.: Commissioners' reports and comments • 10:20 a.m.: Other business     (1) County attorney issues     (2)
By HOLLY SHOK | | June 12, 2013
With a section of the city's firearm regulations requiring repeal because it is superseded by state law, the Hagerstown police chief wants to take the opportunity to “close a gap” in current restrictions by making it unlawful to possess and transport weapons on city streets unless they are unloaded and enclosed in a case.  Police Chief Mark Holtzman told the mayor and five-member city council Tuesday during a work session at City Hall that...
March 17, 2013
The I-81 Corridor Coalition will hold its spring conference March 24 to 26 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown. Approximately 150 people are expected to attend.  Founded in 2007, the coalition is a partnership of local, regional and state organizations that are all interested in transportation planning. The coalition includes local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and state transportation departments, as well as private sector and nonprofit organizations.
By SPENCE PERRY | February 7, 2013
Sometimes, communities go in search of salvation. They sense the future is slipping away and they take desperate steps in an attempt to avoid irrelevance. Sometimes, salvation is a new facility; sometimes, a new industry or community redesign. Here, in the Cumberland Valley, we are not strangers to this form of enthusiasm. These periodic enthusiasms are fine as long as a broad perspective is maintained. Here is a cautionary tale from almost 100 years ago. Some 40 men look out of the grainy black-and-white photograph with an earnest hunger.
By RICHARD F.BELISLE | | January 28, 2013
A brochure describing a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail says the pathway is a braided network of trails, open space and natural areas winding through a corridor “linked by land, water and history.” The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is the only one of 11 in the federal system that includes “Heritage” in its name, said Donald E. Briggs, the trail's superintendent and its only full-time employee. Briggs, 60, has been a National Park Service employee for 26 years, including 12 as trail superintendent.
December 23, 2012
Washington County Government offices: In observance of Christmas, county government will be closed today and Tuesday. County government offices also will be closed on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, and New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1. Transit: All service will be halted  at 4 p.m. today and will remain closed Christmas Day. All service is to stop at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve and will remain closed Tuesday, Jan. 1....
By JULIE E. GREENE | | October 10, 2012
Viewpoints on the Washington County Board of Education having taxing authority were among the issues discussed Wednesday morning at a school board candidate forum at the Academy Theater in downtown Hagerstown. All five candidates attended the forum, which was co-sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; the Landlords & Property Owners Association of Washington County, Maryland; the Home Builders Association of Washington County; and the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors.
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