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Iseminger says voting on YMCA poses no conflict of interest

February 28, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Washington County Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger said Monday he won't abstain from voting to spend taxpayer money to help build the new Hagerstown YMCA even though he has been a member of the board of directors for at least 10 years.

YMCA has requested three annual installments of $250,000 for the $8.8 million building on Eastern Boulevard. Iseminger supports the request.

Iseminger said that Washington County Attorney Richard Douglas told him that he wouldn't break any conflict-of-interest rules by voting.

Douglas confirmed Monday that it won't be a conflict of interest to vote on, or discuss, the issue because Iseminger would not benefit financially as a result of the vote.

Iseminger said as long as Douglas said there is no problem with voting on the request, he plans to do so. He will also continue, as he has done so far, to share his opinions on the proposal when the issue arises at County Commissioners meetings, Iseminger said.

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The commissioners have not voted on the request, but it is included in the proposed six-year capital improvement program.

Last Tuesday, the operators of local gyms urged the County Commissioners not to give taxpayer money to the planned Hagerstown YMCA building, saying that it would be unfair and that the county should pay other debts first.

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