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McClure says his ideas are 'laughed at'

September 01, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Hagerstown City Councilman J. Wallace McClure told his council colleagues that his suggestions on how to save taxpayers money have been "laughed at, ignored or whatever."

McClure's comments came during a Tuesday budget discussion on how to prevent future deficits.

The first-term council member had been quiet during the discussion until Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II asked him for his thoughts.

McClure said when he had made suggestions in the past his colleagues had shown no interest in them.

Last week he suggested the city get used furniture for its Home Store from Fort Ritchie's auction, state surplus or a used furniture store instead of buying new furniture.

City officials said the store should have new furniture to present a professional atmosphere since the city is trying to encourage people to buy homes.

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Earlier this year McClure said a velo bike race should move from the North End back to Hagerstown Community College to save taxpayers the expense of providing public works and police services.

"I'm sure we can find a lot of people we can drive out of town," Councilman William M. Breichner said Tuesday. Breichner said every elected official has made suggestions that weren't approved.

Breichner has suggested the city allow the state fire marshal's office to investigate fires in the city rather than pay for its own fire marshals.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said he hasn't ignored McClure's suggestions, but is more concerned with projects that go over budget.

Boyer told McClure he appreciated his ideas.

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