Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Due to elevator Repair at 100 W. Washington Street, this meeting was held at the Department of Water Quality Public meeting room, located at 16232 Elliott Parkway, in Williamsport, Maryland
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Tom Berry of Rohrersville commented against proposed County support of the Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area partnership.
Tom Riford of the Convention and Visitors' Bureau and Cate Magennis Wyatt, President of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHGP) brought this request before the Board, that the Commissioners support Washington County being a part of the new national heritage area (JTHG). Additional grant money for marketing Washington County as a tourism destination could be made available. The State of Maryland recently certified the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA), which includes Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties. More than $300,000 has been granted to entities and municipalities in the heritage area, with $200,000 in Washington County. The State heritage area's management plan included pursuit of National Heritage Area designation. The HCWHA approved being a part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, which began in 1996 as a public-private partnership to raise national awareness of the heritage and cultural resources along the Old Carolina Road, from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Monticello, Virginia. The County is already part of the State Heritage Area, and this would be a National designation. Wyatt said the designation would open up more tourism and grant opportunities and would not affect, impair or abridge the rights of property owners. The national heritage area would not impact Washington County existing land use regulations or local zoning. A motion to support moving ahead with the program was approved on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Munson voting "no".
Betsy Lillard, and Ralph Young, representing the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park, presented the Commissioners with a Commemorative Platter marking the 250th anniversary of that landmark. Fort Frederick, near Big Pool, was prominent in defense of the Colonies during the French and Indian War. The Commissioners provided financial support for the 250th Anniversary, celebrated in June of 2006. Commissioners' President Greg Snook accepted the commemorative plate on behalf of the Board.