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City giving $45,000 grant to Humane Society

August 22, 2000

City giving $45,000 grant to Humane Society



A $45,000 grant for the Humane Society of Washington County was approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The council voted 3-1 to approve the grant, which will be paid in $15,000 installments over three years.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein voted against awarding the grant.

"It wasn't budgeted. We've got to stop using money that wasn't budgeted," Saum-Wicklein said.

The first $15,000 installment will come from the city's general fund contingency account, according to the motion.

The money will be used to help pay for construction of a new Humane Society facility, expected to cost as much as $2 million. Excavation is expected to begin in September and construction in October with the opening expected next summer.

The new shelter will be built next to the existing one on Maugansville Road and could enable the Humane Society to double or triple the number of dogs and cats it places with area families.

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- Dan Kulin

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