Housing agency merger in doubt
A deal to merge the Hagerstown Housing Authority and the Washington County Housing Authority was in doubt after the County Commissioners expressed reservations Tuesday about giving up control over the county's housing developments.
The commissioners also were concerned about confusion over how much money the merger would save.
A decision on the merger could come as early as Thursday, when the Hagerstown Housing Authority will meet to discuss a county proposal to increase the authority's board of directors from five to seven, with the additional two directors appointed by the commissioners.
Commissioner James R. Wade said he wasn't convinced that merging the two authorities made sense. Wade said he wanted to make sure that a resident from outside Hagerstown would be given as high a priority as a Hagerstown resident.