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Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Williamsport Town Councilman Jeff Cline offered the Town's congratulations to Greg Murray, Gary Rohrer and Joe Kroboth in their new appointments. Cline said the County has been of great benefit to the Town over the years and stated that the County and Williamsport are "perfect partners." Cline presented Williamsport pins to the three appointees.
Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey expressed appreciation for the Commissioners' participation in the joint visit to the Legislature last week. The City is planning a Downtown Summit, designed to present Hagerstown and Washington County to future developers. Mayor Bruchey asked the County do agree to donate $5,000 to match a like sum from the City for support of that economic development event. The Commissioners requested more information on the program. Bruchey will supply information packets to the Board.
AIRPORT BUDGET PRESENTATION
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) Manager Carolyn Motz and HGR Fire Chief Phil Ridenour brought this review of the operating budget for fiscal year 2008 before the Board. Total revenue for this self-supporting enterprise fund would be $2.78 million, with expenses equal to those revenues. The proposed revenues would see a $1.24 million increase due to a transfer of operating funds from the Capital Improvement Project budget and a $507,210 Capital Grant reimbursement from the Federal Aviation Administration. Airfield Operations would see the largest increase on the expenditure side, with an increase of $1.15 million in airfield operation expenses due to changes in budgeting procedures. Landing fees and T-Hangar rents are subject to slight increases, Motz said. Additions to expenses include $36,000 in electricity costs relating to lighting of the highway 11 bridges. An increase in advertising is necessary to attract a second air carrier to the facility, Motz said. All budgets are subject to line-item review prior to the Public Hearing set for May.
THE BOARD ATTENDED A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE SPRINGHILL SUITES HOTEL AT VALLEY MALL AT THE NOON HOUR.
Marriott International, Inc. opened the 104-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott on December 19. Located at 17280 Valley Mall Road, the SpringHill Suites Hagerstown operates as a Marriott franchise, owned by Cole Road Holdings, LLC and managed by Plamondon Hospitality Partners of Frederick, Maryland. Commissioners' President John Barr presented a proclamation lauding the owners and management for bringing the first Marriott franchised hotel to Western Maryland.

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