Most of the players on the team attended the commissioners’ meeting, posed for pictures and received county pins.
One team member who was absent, Sydney Davis, was diagnosed with leukemia in April and is being treated, according to the letter from the team.
Beaver Creek Road rezoning heard
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday held a public hearing on a request to rezone 20519 Beaver Creek Road from Rural Business Existing and Rural Village to entirely Rural Village.
Cornerstone Community Church of Hagerstown is hoping to open a church there.
Cornerstone Community Church, formerly known as Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church, had been at 837 Spruce St., but sold the property last year to Head Start of Washington County.
The 3.28-acre Beaver Creek Road property the church hopes to use previously was the site of the Homeplace Everlasting shop.
Fred Frederick of Frederick, Seibert & Associates, who applied for the zoning change on behalf of the church, said the Rural Village zone would match the neighborhood.
The commissioners did not raise any objections to the request.
Assistant County Attorney Kirk C. Downey said he would prepare a decision on behalf of the commissioners.
Commissioners approve condo project
A developer’s pledge Tuesday to build a condominium project in three stages satisfied school overcrowding concerns raised by the Washington County Board of Commissioners, but one Smithsburg resident was not pleased.
Based on pupil-generation rates, the South Pointe Condominiums project along East Oak Ridge Drive could add about 44 students to the three local elementary, middle and high schools around it, according to a Washington County Public Schools estimate. Another nine could end up in a school for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.
The figure could increase slightly. The estimates were based on 98 units and the project is now proposed at 102 units.
Of those three schools, one — South Hagerstown High School — is considered beyond its state-rated capacity, prompting a review under the county’s adequate public facilities ordinance.
The developer, Paul Crampton Jr., proposed building the condominiums in three stages — 36 units this year, 36 units in 2014 and 30 units in 2016 — to ease the potential addition of students, according to Crampton’s attorney, Jason Divelbiss.
Divelbiss noted in a letter to the county that the project, when it was 98 units, was expected to generate about $186,000 in excise tax for each of the three phases.
After discussing several aspects of the project and the potential new students on Tuesday, the commissioners voted 4-0 to accept Crampton’s mitigation proposal. Commissioner John F. Barr was absent.
The approval prompted Joe Lane of Smithsburg to blast county officials a few minutes later during a public-comment period.
“He gave you nothing .... I can’t believe you guys are such poor negotiators,” Lane said.