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Councilmen opposed to closing part of meeting overruled

November 09, 1999

Two Hagerstown City Councilmen voted against closing a portion of the Tuesday meeting to the public, but they were overruled by the other three members in attendance.

Councilmen J. Wallace McClure and Lewis C. Metzner voted against closing the meeting.

The topics scheduled for council discussion during the closed session included a condemnation proceeding, contract for professional services, business retention incentives, property acquisition and an economic development projects status report.

Metzner said each topic was "legally appropriate" for a closed session, but he thought they should let the public know what they are considering condemning.

McClure said he could not support going into closed session to discuss the property acquisition because he did not know enough about what they would be discussing.

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The property acquisition was a last minute addition to the closed session agenda.

Under Maryland law there are 14 topics a legislative body can legally discuss in closed session.

- Dan Kulin

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