A proposal to end the free meals offered to Hagerstown's mayor and City Council members during their weekly meetings is being reconsidered.
The meals are offered during council work sessions generally beginning at 4 p.m. and often last until after 7 p.m. The meals, typically sandwiches and chips, cost an estimated $2,500 a year. The expenditure is not in the proposed budget for the 2000 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Council members J. Wallace McClure and Alfred W. Boyer said they favored keeping the meals.
McClure said the meals are beneficial because they keep him and other council members from getting irritable during long meetings. Also, the meals provide a chance for city politicians and city staff to "rub elbows," which McClure said was an intangible benefit.
Boyer suggested the meals be paid for out of the council's taxpayer-funded expense accounts.
Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he favored cutting the meals for the politicians. But Metzner wanted to continue providing food for city staff who are required to attend the meetings.