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by TARA REILLY | July 4, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, who has been in office for 16 years, said Monday that he will not run for re-election to the five-member board. "I just decided that I think it's time for transition, and I want someone else to have the opportunity to run for commissioner," Snook said by phone Monday. "There's no specific reason, other than I think it's the right time for that to occur. " As of 5 p.m. Monday, 22 people had filed to run for five open County Commissioner seats.
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by TARA REILLY | June 18, 2006
Two deputy health officers for the Washington County Health Department are handling Health Officer William Christoffel's duties while he is on administrative leave. Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said Thursday the two deputy health officers are Dr. Mark Jameson, director of medical services, and Earl Stoner, who handles administrative duties. Christoffel has been on administrative leave since Friday, MacRae and Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has not said why Christoffel is on leave.
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By TARA REILLY | May 6, 2006
HAGERSTOWN A Johns Hopkins research center will remain at the Washington County Health Department, County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Friday. William Christoffel, health officer for the Health Department, asked the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention to move out by the end of September because he needed the space for the Health Department. But Snook said the County Commissioners will abide by a 1967 agreement signed by the commissioners, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene - now called the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - and the Maryland State Health Department.
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by TARA REILLY | April 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN The Washington County Commissioners on Wednesday rejected a request by Discovery Station at Hagerstown for $30,000 for next fiscal year. On Tuesday, Discovery Station representatives asked the County Commissioners for $30,000 this fiscal year and for $30,000 next fiscal year, which begins July 1. After Tuesday's request, the commissioners voted 3-2 to give the interactive museum $20,000 this fiscal year, but put off a decision on funding for next fiscal year until further discussion.
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by TARA REILLY | April 12, 2006
HAGERSTON Washington County Commissioner John C. Munson said the county could save more than $85,000 a year in operating expenses by selling or giving away the Martin Luther King Center on West North Avenue. The building houses several organizations, including Head Start of Washington County, C SAFE and Children in Need, but no county government offices. The county has proposed spending $85,300 to maintain the building in fiscal year 2007, including $31,000 in fuel oil, $21,000 in electric costs and $7,000 in building maintenance.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | April 12, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Washington County Special Response Team members flanked the sides of the team's new armored rescue vehicle Tuesday, unveiling the Homeland Security grant-funded purchase during a ceremony at the Sheriff's Department. "Public safety and public health is fundamentally what Homeland Security is all about ... The only way we're going to win the war on terror is to empower the local jurisdictions," Dennis R. Schrader, Maryland director of Homeland Security, said as he addressed team members, Washington County Commissioners, Hagerstown officials and others at the department's headquarters.
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by TARA REILLY | April 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County and the City of Hagerstown each have committed to spending up to $150,000 on design costs for proposed improvements to the busy intersection of U.S. 40 and Edgewood Drive. County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II made the commitment in a March 28 letter to State Highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen. The estimated design costs are $435,000. The proposed improvements to the intersection, which includes adding more lanes, are estimated to cost $11.9 million.
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by MARLO BARNHART | April 5, 2006
HANCOCK - The mayors of Hancock and Clear Spring expressed concerns for their towns Tuesday night during the annual tax setoff meeting with the Washington County Commissioners. Clear Spring Mayor Paul Hose Jr. shared his frustration that his town - with a population of 462 as of 2004 - still receives only the minimum amount of $2,000, as it has each of the past 15 years. "Couldn't you do something about that?" Hose asked. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook assured Hose that the matter was being looked into - again.
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by TARA REILLY | March 30, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY A discussion Tuesday about Washington County possibly pursuing agreements with local cable companies became heated when County Commissioner John C. Munson angrily criticized the proposal, saying the agreements would result in higher cable bills for residents. Thomas G. Robinson, executive vice president of CBG Communications Inc. of Paoli, Pa., recommended that the commissioners negotiate cable franchise agreements with Antietam Cable Television Inc., Adelphia Communications and Comcast.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 22, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Tuesday that the county will reimburse Williamsport more this year for police and parks services. The county's tax setoff system reimburses municipalities for partly paying their own way for county services within their borders. The calculations are based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income. Williamsport will receive $56,457 in fiscal year 2006, up 8.9 percent from the previous year, according to a county document summarizing the tax setoffs.
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