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City and county to meet on sewer accord

September 03, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Council members said Tuesday they expect to adopt a consolidated sewer agreement with Washington County during a joint meeting later this month, but still need to discuss several sewer issues with county officials.

Council members put off discussing several possible changes to the agreement on Tuesday until they know whether officials will pursue talks of a possible joint water and sewer authority.

Some of the issues city officials want to discuss in relation to the consolidated agreement would be moot if a joint authority were formed, said Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein.

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Future negotiating points could include boundaries for joint service areas and the boundaries for the area served by the city's Water Pollution Control plant.

The Washington County Commissioners want to discuss reallocating some sewer flow from the city plant to the county's underutilized Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant.

City Councilman William M. Breichner said he wouldn't mind discussing a joint authority with county officials, but didn't want to raise hopes that such a venture would happen.

The consolidated agreement city officials expect to adopt cuts 76 pages of confusing agreements down to 12 pages.

City officials hopoe to schedule a joint meeting with the commissioners for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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