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Water tower message approved

November 02, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The new water tower at Hagerstown's West End Reservoir will have "Hagerstown's West End" written on it, a majority of City Council members agreed Tuesday.

The mayor and council have debated what words will be painted on to the water tank since early October when they were asked to put the message, "Welcome to Hagerstown, Home of the West End Little League and Colt League," on the water tower.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II Tuesday suggested painting "Hagerstown's West End" on the tank. Council members Lewis C. Metzner, Susan Saum-Wicklein and Alfred W. Boyer said they favored Bruchey's proposal. Bruchey said a formal vote on the matter would not be needed.

Carol Mulligan, who made the request on behalf of the leagues, said she was pleased with the outcome and thanked the mayor and council members.

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Councilman William M. Breichner said he was against the chosen words because they divide the city.

"It's a terrible mistake," Breichner said.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure did not say whether he was for or against the mayor's proposal.

McClure had tried to offer a list of five possible phrases to paint on the water tower, but Bruchey called for opinions on his proposed phrase before McClure's were discussed.

The new water tower is along U.S. 40 near the intersection with Interstate 81. It is also near the baseball fields at Hellane Park.

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