Commissioners table Halfway Blvd. zoning vote to consult ethics board

Maryland

Washington County Commissioners once again postponed a decision to rezone residential property at the corner of Downsville Pike and Halfway Boulevard for commercial purposes.

The decision came after private citizens questioned whether Commissioner Jeff Cline could vote on the matter since he received campaign contributions from some of the developers involved in the case.

Cline asked his fellow commissioners to table the vote until the ethics board could give their opinion. He said he wants to maintain transparency, even though none of his donors have ever asked for special favors.

“There’s never been a quid pro quo or ask for a favor. I believe those people of all contributions contribute to me because of my overall belief to do a good job for the county,” Cline said. 

Donwsville Pike LLC wants to build some sort of donut shop or convenience store on the land where two blighted houses now sit. The property borders Marty Snook Park.
 

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