Frederick County to continue, possibly expand municipal recycling program

Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
09/07/2013
Bottles and cans might soon have to cover less distance to land in a recycling bin near Brunswick or Thurmont. The Board of County Commissioners decided Thursday to continue and possibly expand the county's municipal recycling program. Middletown, Walkersville and Emmitsburg each have the recycling drop-off sites, and under the pilot program, have received county dollars to reimburse them for running the centers. Commissioners on Thursday unanimously opted to make the recycling incentive program permanent and set aside $50,000 to fund the current sites and support Brunswick and Thurmont if they join the program. "This is a program we started. It's been very, very popular. So this is to take it to another level," Commissioners President Blaine Young said. The fiscal 2014 funding levels represent a reduction from last year, when the program was budgeted for up to $100,000. However, Phillip Harris, the county's superintendent of solid waste management, said the three participating municipalities together used only about $12,300 of the available funds.

Solar farm being considered for Myersville

Frederick News Post
Ike Wilson
08/14/2013
The Myersville Town Council pondered a conceptual plan for a solar farm Tuesday that would provide 70 percent to 80 percent of the municipal government’s daily electric needs. The project will entail several steps, Town Administrator Kristin Aleshire said, including identifying a suitable property for the undertaking, vetting the proposal publicly so residents are aware and identifying private investment to fund the venture. The viability of making the project is there, Aleshire said; it’s a matter of identifying private investment. “We’re not envisioning financing the project ourselves,” Aleshire said. Mayor Wayne Creadick Jr. said the town has already had some good discussions with RER Energy Group, the same firm that nearby Middletown officials are considering for their solar project.

Local heritage tourism projects get $360K in grants

Frederick News Post
Ike Wilson
07/16/2013
Projects, programs, sites and organizations in portions of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage area in Frederick, Washington and Carroll counties became $360,415 richer last week as the result of grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. The grants support heritage tourism projects and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout the state, according to a statement from the Heritage Areas Authority. The agency oversees Maryland’s 12 locally administered, state-certified heritage areas. Among the local grants are $75,000 to Middletown to buy the old Memorial Hall for preservation and $30,415 for revitalization of the Emmitsburg square. Monocacy National Battlefield also gets $15,000 for programming and exhibits for the battlefield’s 150th anniversary in July 2014.