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Council candidate Q&A - Everhart

May 11, 2001

Council candidate Q&A - Everhart



* Republican council candidate


Richard G. Everhart, 59, 30 Richmond St., sales representative at Milmar Plastics

Q: What are your qualifications to serve as a City Council member?


A: I have lived in this city all of my life and this city is very important to me. On a daily basis I see and read what goes on in our city. I know I can help to have a positive effect on how this city progresses. I want to make this city the envy of everyone's eye. As a team player with the other council members we can make it happen.

Q: Is there a crime problem in Hagerstown? If so, what is it and what should be done to address it?


A: I don't think this city has a great crime problem, but there are parts of this city we need to baby-sit as far as crime goes. Our police chief and officers are doing a fine job. We need to continue our support of them in every way and I am sure they will continue to keep this city as safe as we can hope it to be. The new downtown patrols are working very well and I'm sure they will help to improve all parts of our city. We need to give them a little time and our support.

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Q: Should the city be involved in assisting with homeownership? Why or why not, and if so, how?


A: Yes, the city should be involved in assisting with homeownership. Why? It helps to put jobs in the city as the homes need renovation before their resale. It also helps with the tax base of our city which in turn will help us to not raise taxes. (Keep in mind I do not support raising of our taxes.) Finally it helps people to realize the American dream of owning their own home. If it helps make that dream come true I totally support this program.

Q: Should there be a referendum on city funding for a new or significantly renovated minor league baseball stadium? Why or why not?


A: We do not need a new baseball stadium in this city or county. There are too many other programs and tax needs that we need to address with this money. I would and do support some renovations of our grand old baseball stadium. The renovation needs sure beats the millions it would take to build a new stadium.

Q: How will you ensure that city services - such as police and fire protection - will continue at a reasonable rate to taxpayers?


A: To ensure that city services such as police and fire protection will continue is a fairly simple question for all of us to answer. If we do not attempt to fund projects such as a new stadium and some of the real estate purchases that have been made we will have money to keep our services sound and on a level that is safe for each of us. I also think that the hiring of a recruiter to bring new businesses to the city would also be a plus.

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