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City Council meeting starts late

January 13, 1999

Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting started 30 minutes late because there weren't enough council members present for a quorum, prompting Councilman J. Wallace McClure to scold his absent colleagues.

"I want to say something about commitment," McClure said during the meeting. "I've made a commitment to this job, to be here on time and stay for the duration, and I want others to keep that in mind."

McClure and Councilman William M. Breichner were in Council Chambers at 4 p.m., the scheduled starting time for the meeting. For a council meeting to officially begin, at least three of the five members must be present.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein arrived at the meeting at about 4:30 p.m., and the meeting began.

Saum-Wicklein left the meeting before the beginning of a scheduled 7 p.m. special session, during which the council voted on a billboard law.

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Councilman Alfred W. Boyer arrived at the meeting a little before 6 p.m.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner did not attend the meeting.

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