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Council debates waiving South High's permit fees

November 18, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Hagerstown City Council members debated Tuesday whether to waive about $37,000 in permit fees for a $9 million renovation contract for South Hagerstown High School.

Rather than vote whether to waive the fees at next Tuesday's regular session, council members decided to discuss the matter further at a Dec. 1 work session.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said she couldn't support waiving the fees. "These are not revenues that have no cost attached to them," she said as council members reviewed the agenda for next Tuesday's meeting.

Work for the city generated by the project includes inspections by city fire marshals.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said it takes a lot of "chutzpah" for Washington County Board of Education officials not to include the $37,000 in fees in the project's budget, assuming the city would waive the fees.

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Saum-Wicklein said every construction project has a contingency fund and that school board officials could use it to pay for the fees.

She said city officials need to review their policy of waiving permit fees for government agencies.

Councilman William M. Breichner said school board officials probably assumed the city would waive the fees because the council did so for the renovation of North Hagerstown High School several years ago.

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