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South High permit fees waived

December 24, 1998

Hagerstown City Council members voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to waive the $36,938 in permit fees for a $9 million renovation contract for South Hagerstown High School.

The permit fees were waived with a stipulation that Mayor Bob Bruchey appoint a committee within 30 days to develop a policy on how to address requests by government agencies and nonprofit groups to waive fees.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein made the stipulation.

Saum-Wicklein originally opposed the waiver for the South High fees because the city is facing tight financial years ahead and the Washington County Board of Education assumed the fees would be waived instead of asking.

She changed her mind earlier this month after a former schoolmate called her, telling her there was a perception that the South End does not get the same benefits as the North End.

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Saum-Wicklein is the only elected city official who lives in the South End. The others live in the North End.

While the council has historically waived permit fees for such groups, as it did for North Hagerstown High School several years ago, that is not a formal policy.

-Julie E. Greene

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