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Museum asks for city's help

November 14, 2000

Museum asks for city's help



The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts needs more money and other help from the City of Hagerstown, museum Board of Trustees President William P. Young told the mayor and City Council Tuesday.

Young asked if the city could fund the museum's electric bill, which he said is about $45,000 a year and is paid to the city Light Department.

Also, he asked if the city could help the museum by providing more signs showing how to get to the museum, adding museum employees to the city's health plan, increasing lighting in the gravel-surfaced overflow parking lot, and making landscaping improvements in front of the museum.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said during the upcoming budget cycle city staff should "focus" on addressing some of the items on Young's list.

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The Mayor and City Council members did not decide Tuesday how the city might provide additional help to the museum.

This year the museum received about $100,000 from the Washington County government and $12,000 from the city.

In July, Young said the museum was running a $57,000 annual operating deficit, and was dipping into its $3.8 million endowment to offset that deficit.

The museum, which is at the City Park, opened in 1931 attracts about 60,000 visitors annually. Admission is free.

- Dan Kulin

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