County Comment On Giving And Planning

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners heard an update on employee charitable giving during the recent United Way and Community Health Charities drive in its regular meeting on November 12.

Campaign Chair Tina Rupert, Public Works Department Office Manager told the Board that this year’s goal was set at $35,766.

The drive ended November 8, and the total given by employees was $39,372. That sum was $3,606 over the goal for the year, and 16% above the amount contributed last year, Rupert said. About $14,325 of the total came from the Sheriff’s Department, Rupert reported.

Two Valley Mall gift certificates were used as initiatives, funded jointly by the County and the Mall, with employees giving $2 per week or more eligible to win. A drawing was held and the winners were Robert Ankerbrand of the Sheriff’s Department Detention Center and Janet Moats of the Airport staff.

In other news, Washington County is asking for input from the public on solid waste and recycling issues that may be used in updating the Solid Waste Management and Recycling Plan.

The Plan is a working document, updated every three years, in an effort to effectively manage the solid waste and recycling needs for the County and to address future needs. The County’s first Solid Waste Plan was adopted in March 1974 and has undergone a number of revisions since that time.

Four public meetings were scheduled this month to gather public comment, advice and input, three remain to be held.

On Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. a meeting is set in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room on the 2nd Floor of the County Administration Building at 100 West Washington Street in Hagerstown.

The Clear Spring Fire Hall will be the site for the next meeting, on Thursday, November 21, at 7 p.m.

The final in the series of meetings is set for Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. in the Smithsburg Town Hall on West Water Street. The Historical Society Room is the location, and citizens should enter on the right side of the building.

After receiving input from businesses and citizens of Washington County, a first draft of the updated plan will be developed by the Washington County Planning Department with input from the Solid Waste Department.

The draft will then be reviewed by the County’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee. Ultimately a final draft will be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for revision and adoption. For more information, call the Recycling Office at 240-313-2796, or the Planning Department at 240-313-2430.