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Council plans outreach effort

August 06, 1998

Hagerstown City Council members said Tuesday they will attempt to hold public meetings in city neighborhoods when an issue arises that affects a particular neighborhood.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman broached the topic of neighborhood meetings because elected officials had said in the past they were interested.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said she would favor having neighborhood meetings if they were rotated among neighborhoods and were extra meetings so the council could still hold work sessions at City Hall.

Councilman William M. Breichner said the council should meet in neighborhoods.

Breichner acknowledged he is campaigning for a Washington County Commissioners seat, but said city officials promised to visit neighborhoods when they ran for office.

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Councilmen Alfred W. Boyer and Lewis C. Metzner suggested such meetings be held to address problems or issues in a particular neighborhood.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure was absent.

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