By JULIE E. GREENE
Hagerstown's mayor and City Council want to meet with the Washington County Commissioners to discuss fire service issues, including why they were never notified the county had withheld funding from city fire departments for four months.
The county issues funding to county and city fire departments quarterly. Each of the city's six fire companies receive $20,000 a year, while county volunteer companies receive $40,000 a year, said Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker.
The city companies didn't receive their August checks until December because the commissioners wanted city fire equipment to meet county standards, said Tom Cochrane, the city's representative on a county emergency service committee.