Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Tom Riford, CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) presented that agency's annual update to the Board. Riford said that tourism is strong in Washington County, local hotel occupancies maintained a strong pace in 2006, and revenues for hotels were up. Visitation to local attractions increased in 2006. 2007 will also be a good year for tourism, Riford said. 6,000 people work in tourism according to state statistics of Washington County's Leisure and Hospitality classification. The State tourism office reports that 1.9 million visitors spent $237.7 million in Washington County in 2006, not including visits to the local retail malls, a significant increase over the prior year. CVB's financial situation has improved during the last three years, and the CVB is debt-free, he said, with positive assets of $241,000. May is Tourism Month, and May 12-20 is Maryland and National Tourism Week. New events, attractions, and museums are working closely with the CVB, which has taken an active role in assisting local groups and their tourism marketing efforts.
Commissioners' President John Barr presented the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Tom Riford with a proclamation designating May 12 through 20 as Tourism Week in Washington County. Events happening around the state during May include the annual National Pike Festival and Wagon Train, set for the weekend of May 19-20 in Washington County.
Board of Election Supervisors Office Director Dorothy Kaetzel and the County Commissioners presented a Certificate of Merit to Charles L. Mobley, Jr. for many years of service to the Elections Board. He was appointed to the Washington County Board of Election Supervisors in June, 1991 as an alternate member, became a regular member in June 1993, and served as Chairman of the Board since June 2003. His term ended in June 2007. In presenting the certificate, Commissioners' President John Barr cited Mobley's leadership and dedication. Barr also served as a member of the Elections Board prior to being elected County Commissioner.
In actions following closed session discussions, Jason Haupt was appointed as Alternate to the Animal Control Authority Board, and Kenneth Showe was hired as a Project Manager for the Department of Water Quality.