The Hagerstown Mayor and Council (minus Susan Saum-Wicklein) spent five hours this past Friday talking about their goals for the next year. There were some good ideas kicked around - moving a department that helps low-income families buy homes to street-level location, for example. But there was little mention of what should be city's top priority - city-county cooperation.
Mayor Robert Bruchey II alluded to it when he discussed a possible revival of the city's own economic-development commission, saying that the idea could be put on hold for a year to see what the county government will do.
In our view, waiting a year, or even six months, is not the way to go. On this and other issues, city officials must begin talking to county officials on a regular basis, because the fate of the two are linked. And as long as the county is in a weakened financial condition, the city will suffer as well.