Board of County Commissioners Approve ARPA Funding
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners recently voted 4-0 to pass a program schedule for the funding received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Washington County Government is slated to receive $29.4 million in funds from the United States Department of the Treasury as part of ARPA. The County received the first allocation of funds in June 2021, totaling $14.7 million and the second allocation will be received in June 2022. All funds from ARPA are to be allocated by December 31, 2024, and projects completed by December 31, 2026.
To date, approximately $6 million of Washington County's ARPA funds have been encumbered and spent from the first allocation with the majority going to premium pay to employees and broadband expansion. A committee was established to review program eligibility, countywide priorities, public input, and recommend eligible programs and projects.
In addition to the ARPA funding, there is approximately $7.5 million of County FY21 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Reserves that remain unallocated. Below is a graphic indicating where funds from ARPA and FY21 CIP will be allocated, as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
Round one of funding includes the following initiatives or projects that will be funded immediately:
  • Emergency Operations Center Upgrades
  • Business & Entrepreneurial Support
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Non-Profit Assistance to Impacted Communities
  • Sewer Capacity Management Project
  • Community Investment Grant Program
  • Boonsboro Drinking Water
  • Grant Manager

Round two of funding includes the following initiatives or projects that will be funded in June 2022:
  • Emergency Services
  • Community Investment Grant Program
  • Martin Luther King Gym Renovation
  • Agriculture Education Center
  • Smithsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Washington County Drinking Water
  • Washington County Clean Water Nonpoint Source
  • Unallocated Balance for Future Requests
The following initiatives and projects received approval of ARPA funds in 2021:
  • Premium Pay for County Employees
  • Premium Pay for Fire and Rescue Company Employees and Volunteers
  • Broadband Expansion
  • IT Equipment
Washington County is looking forward to utilizing the ARPA program as it is intended: to support the pandemic response, bring back jobs, and lay the groundwork for a strong and equitable recovery. Information regarding the non-profit assistance and community investment programs will be provided in the coming months.
The Board of County Commissioners approved 5-0 the acquisition of 747 Northern Avenue in Hagerstown for the new Washington County Government Administrative Annex Building. This property acquisition will accommodate the relocation of the Divisions of Permits and Inspections, Engineering, and Planning and Zoning. These divisions will be relocating in early April 2022.

The Divisions of Permits and Inspections and Engineering currently reside at 80 West Baltimore Street in Hagerstown. This property must be acquired by the Maryland Stadium Authority for the construction of the new Hagerstown Multi-Use Sports and Events Facility. The Division of Planning and Zoning will be relocating from the Administration Building at 100 W Washington Street to provide citizens with one location for all permitting, inspection, planning, and zoning needs.
Due to the current State of Emergency declared by Governor Hogan early in January and with the very high community transmission happening in Washington County, MD, the Emergency Operations Center has been reactivated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Joint Information Center is providing weekly updates regarding where Washington County stands in the fight against COVID-19.

This is YOUR SHOT to end COVID-19.

It's in us to want to HELP others.
It's in us to want to PROTECT others.
It's in us to want to CARE for others.

Since the beginning of January, Meritus Health has experienced a significant surge of COVID-19 patients and implemented a Crisis Standards of Care due to the unprecedented situation. There are several steps YOU can take to help healthcare workers over the next several weeks to keep yourself, your family, and your friends safe:
  1. GET VACCINATED AND BOOSTED. Washington County has 53.7% of the population fully vaccinated. Let’s work together to continue to boost this number! If you are wary about getting the shot, please speak with your doctor. Schedule an appointment or walk-in at your convenience.
  2. WEAR A MASK. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please wear a mask that properly fits and is over your nose when you are out in a public.
  3. AVOID LARGE CROWDS AND POORLY VENTILATED INDOOR SPACES. To combat the rapid spreading of COVID-19, it is recommended to avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces for the next several weeks. If you must be inside, please maintain social distance and wear a mask.
  4. GET TESTED AND STAY HOME. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, please get tested and stay home. State health officials continue to urge residents not to visit an emergency room just to get a COVID-19 test.
  5. WASH YOUR HANDS. Please continue to wash your hands frequently, especially after being out in public or around people outside of your immediate household.
Report Your COVID Positive At-Home Test Report
Those with positive results from at-home Covid-19 tests can now report those on the Maryland Health Department portal.
The portal can be found here:
Location: Crayton Boulevard, Hagerstown, MD
We're Hiring!
The Parks & Recreation Department is looking for summer help! If you enjoy working with kids and want to have fun while making money this summer, complete an application today by clicking on the link below.

Welcome to CENTRAL BARK!
Located at the west end of Marty Snook Park next to the volleyball courts, Central Bark is a new dog park with designated fenced-in play areas for both large and small dogs.

The dog park will operate during the same hours as Marty Snook Park.

The existing dog run next to Halfway Little League fields will be closed and will no longer be available as a dog park/run area.

Friday, February 4, 2022
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pangborn Elementary

Saturday, February 12, 2022
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Rockland Woods

Begins February 14th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Mondays at HCC

Begins February 15th
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays at HCC

Begins February 15th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays at HCC

Friday, February 18th
7:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday, February 18th
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Begins February 23rd
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at HCC Fitness Center

Saturday, February 26th
10:00 a.m.-Noon
Rockland Woods

Begins March 4th
(Dates vary based on location)
Starland begins March 4th, Turners begins March 8th)

Saturday, March 5th
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Rockland Woods

Saturday, March 5th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Leitersburg Community Center

Friday, March 11th
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Maugansville Elementary

Friday, March 11th
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Maugansville Elementary

Saturday, March 12th
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Rockland Woods
RUNFEST - Saturday, March 12th
Join the Washington County Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Hagerstown in supporting the Washington County Community Free Clinic on March 12th at the Saint Patrick's Day Run Fest. The Saint Patrick's Day Run Fest is a Fitness Event Extravaganza, for all ages, in honor of Dan McDougal, M.D. The event consists of four running events: the Clover Kids Race, One Mile Shamwalk, a 5K Run, and 8K Run.

Be sure to join us for this great running event and the spirited "After Party" in Downtown Hagerstown to begin your St. Patrick's Day Celebrations. Costumes and St.Patrick's Day attire are appropriate and highly encouraged for the St. Patrick's Day Run Fest and Celebration.

Begins March 14th
Turners Skate Palace

Begins March 15th
Tuesdays at HCC ARCC

Begins March 15th
Tuesdays at HCC ARCC

Friday, March 21st
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Rockland Woods

Friday, March 21st
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Rockland Woods

Begins March 22nd
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays at HCC

Friday, March 25th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pangborn Elementary

Begins March 28th
Mondays at HCC

Friday, April 8th
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Maugansville Elementary

Friday, April 8th
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Maugansville Elementary

Monday, April 11th
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Rockland Woods

Monday, April 11th
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Rockland Woods
Join the Planning Commission
Applicants must be a resident of Washington County. The Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of every month and occasionally has additional meetings as needed. Terms are for 5-year periods with a maximum of two full terms.

For additional information, please contact Krista L. Hart, County Clerk, at 240-313-2204 or email
Join the Commission for Women!
Applicants must be competent individuals who are familiar with the resources available for women and girls, as well as interested in providing assistance to promote the full and equal participation of women in work, government, and society.

For additional information, please contact Krista L. Hart, County Clerk, at 240-313-2204 or email
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings

Sum of the Digits Bookkeeping
10226 Governor Lane Blvd
Suite #4004
Williamsport, MD

Tribe Cold Press Juice Bar
41 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD

1813 Barbershop and Salon
2 E Water Street
Smithsburg, MD

County Clean-Ups
As part of the Clean County Initiative, County staff from Stormwater Management and Watershed Services are planning for clean-ups across Washington County. This is a great opportunity to serve and clean up in your community. More details will be released in the coming months, with the first clean-up scheduled for April 2022!

If you have noticed trash being dumped in an area located in Washington County, please click on the link below to report it.

Leave YOUR Legacy - Public Safety Training Center Fundraising Campaign
The Division of Emergency Services is currently seeking sponsors for the new Washington County Public Safety Training Center. Show your support to the men and women of public safety by supporting this new state-of-the-art training facility.

Donate any amount online (be sure to select 'Washington County Public Safety Training Center' from the drop-down menu):

Learn more and view 'Naming Rights' sponsorship opportunities to leave your legacy on our community by visiting
Highways Staff Keeps Streets Safe During Winter Snowstorms
A special thank you to the highways and parks staff who have worked through the nights to keep our streets plowed during several snowstorms this winter.
Washington County Government is hiring!
Washington County Human Resources invites those seeking employment to visit The County has various job openings where you could find your future career! We are offering both full-time and part-time opportunities across different departments and divisions.
Retirement Announcement
The Board of County Commissioners recognized Doug Oliver, Senior Technical Support Analyst for the Division of Information Systems, for his hard work and dedication, as he retired from Washington County Government after serving for 32 years. Congratulations to Doug and thank you for your service to Washington County!
Appointment to Maryland Building Officials Association
Congratulations to Frank Quillen, Deputy Code Official of the Washington County Division of Permits and Inspections who was recently appointed as President for the Maryland Building Officials Association.
Inspections & Permits for Town of Keedysville
Effective Monday, December 6, 2021, the Washington County Division of Permits and Inspections will begin handling the permitting and inspection process for the Town of Keedysville for all building permits. Applicants must obtain approval from the Town before submitting a permit application to the County.

For questions related to permits and inspections, please call 240-313-2460.
Phase One of online submittals includes the following records:
  • Ag Certificates
  • Signs
  • Demo (Residential and Non-Residential)
  • Chimney
  • Kennel Verification
  • Zoning Certificates
  • Utility Permits
  • Entrance Permits
  • Grading Permits (not grading plans)
  • Floodplain Permits
  • All licenses and registrations for Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical
Online Services for Permits & Inspections
Citizens can now submit various permits, trade licenses, and registrations via the Citizen Access portal. All applicants must be registered with Citizen Access before being able to move forward with the online submittal.

Certain documents will be required to be uploaded as part of the application submittal.

For those needing assistance or have questions regarding the online submittal process, please call the Permitting Office at 240-313-2460.
Rural Legacy Program
On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the State of Maryland awarded Washington County $1,554,300 for their Rural Legacy Program.

Rural Legacy is a conservation easement program funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that works to permanently preserve agriculturally, environmentally, and historically significant properties near Antietam Battlefield and its surrounding areas.
We want to know about YOUR local activities. If you are a business, club, or organization planning winter or spring activities, please let us know! Complete the form by clicking HERE to be added to our Community Events Calendar. *Disclaimer: Activities must be taking place in Washington County, MD.
Community Survey
The Sheriff's Office is seeking public input in a citizen survey.

Please take a few minutes to complete the questions at this link:
Shop with a Sheriff
The Sheriff’s Office held its annual Shop with a Sheriff program. Due to Covid, the program looked a little different but the end goal was the same. Deputies and their special guests dropped off some holiday cheer to several families in our community.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank all our community partners who continue to support the Shop with a Sheriff program, we can’t do it without you!
Spring Cleaning - Don't Forget the Drop-offs
Did you know you can donate clothing and shoes to local organizations such as Children In Need Washington County and Horizon Goodwill Industries at the landfill?
There are several drop-off bins and everything dropped off here will stay in our local communities to help others. Remember this next time you’re cleaning out!

Location: Forty West Landfill
12630 Earth Care Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Commissioner Meetings
The Board of County Commissioners holds public meetings on Tuesdays usually at 10:00 AM. All meetings can be viewed on Washington County Government Facebook page and YouTube channel. Citizens are welcome to participate in person but must let the County Clerk know in advance.

The meeting schedule can be located here.
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Get the latest updates at your fingertips by downloading the Washington County Government App on your smartphone.

The app can be downloaded by iPhone users on the App Store and Android users on Google Play.

Download today and find local events and the latest news from Washington County Government.
Washington County Government Offices Closed
Hangar Space Available at HGR
Looking for a place to park your plane or move your office? Hagerstown Regional Airport has both hangar space and office space available. Click the link below to learn more about availability and pricing.

Book Your Flight Today!
Book your flight out of Hagerstown Regional Airport to fly the easy way! HGR is offering year-round flights to Orlando/Sanford and extended flights to St. Pete/Clearwater through May 15, 2022. Escape the winter weather and enjoy the warm temps today!
Hagerstown Hotlist
Black Rock Golf Course was honored to be named to the 2022 Hagerstown Hotlist under the Entertainment category and Golf Course section. We appreciate all of our customers and look forward to serving you in 2022!

New Culvert Pipe on the Course
Black Rock Golf Course has a new culvert pipe! Located between the ponds on hole #18, this project was a large undertaking that included draining the pond, relocating fish to another pond, replacing the culvert pipe between ponds, and replacing the existing pond intake and a new intake. Staff from Buildings, Grounds and Facilities, Department of Water Quality, Highways Department, and Black Rock Golf Course Maintenance all played a part in completing this project.