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Resident blasts politicians for 'attitude'

May 05, 1999

A Hagerstown resident criticized city politicians during a Tuesday public hearing, saying the mayor and City Council members have a bad attitude, which discourages citizen participation in government.

June Myers of Calvert Terrace was one of eight city residents who spoke during the public hearing on the $64.8 million proposed city budget for the 2000 fiscal year.

She told the mayor and council members that she opposed a reduction in trash collection from twice to once a week and opposed laying off the market master at the City Farmers Market, which are both part of the proposed budget.

Myers also criticized the city, saying the grounds around the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex are dirty and unkept.

Myers ended her comments by saying that people don't come to City Council meetings because they don't think they can make a difference.

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"You all do have some kind of an attitude problem," she said, adding that there is another city election in two years.

Later in the meeting, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he was concerned with some of the things said by residents during the meeting.

"It's not always us vs. them," Metzner said.

Metzner said the mayor and council members are city residents too, in addition to being friends or neighbors of most residents.

Councilman William M. Breichner said he didn't think the mayor or council members had a bad attitude toward the public.

Breichner said it was more likely that Myers was someone who is just frustrated with government in general.

- Dan Kulin

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