Antietam Work Camp

Antietam Work Camp

David Jordan, Executive Director of the Washington County Community Action Council, Inc., Reverend Anne Weatherholt of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Kevin Collins of REACH brought this request for support of the activities of the Antietam WorkCamp, by waiving any building permit fees and tipping fees for the project, before the Board. Rev. Weatherholt told the Board that Antietam WorkCamp will bring 300 to 400 youth and adult leaders to Washington County for a week to perform home repairs such as painting, repairing porches, building wheelchair ramps, and the like at the homes of elderly and disabled homeowners.
Youth will be working in teams of 5 or 6 with adult supervisors to make these improvements.
The targeted area is Hagerstown, Williamsport and South County, working on approximately 70 homes. A group of students from St. James School will be doing finish-up work the week following WorkCamp, if needed. The participants will be staying and eating at Williamsport High School. Most of the activities would not require building permits, Weatherholt said, and when a permit is required the group asked that fees be waived. In addition the Commissioners were asked to cover tipping fees at the County landfill for all trash generated during the project.
By Consensus the Commissioners approved the concept, allowing up to $3,000 in permit and tipping fees to be paid from the Commissioners' Contingency Fund. Contractors pulling permits would have to pay the fees up front, then be reimbursed, Commissioners' President Greg Snook said.