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Council candidate Q&A - Hendershot

May 11, 2001

Council candidate Q&A - Hendershot



* Democratic council candidate


N. Linn Hendershot, 56, 850 W. Irvin Ave., communications director, Western Maryland Hospital Center

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


A: Graduate of the University of Maryland with 30 years of marketing and public relations experience working with Bucknell University, the National Football League, the United States Auto Club and NASCAR, plus represented several major corporations in motorsports. Feel I will bring fresh ideas to the Hagerstown City Council and a new added insight into the overall economic development of the City and County. I believe the future of Hagerstown hinges on the City and County learning to work together. I'm optimistic that with the current slate of Washington County commissioners, much can be accomplished in the next four years.

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


A: Drugs downtown and stings at the Wal-Mart parking lot are always the headline grabbers, but this isn't as alarming as the increasing episodes of in-your-face domestic violence that warrants, at best, one paragraph on page four of the paper. I support Chief Arthur Smith in his efforts to send a message to the drug industry that they need to find a new home. I pledge to work closely with the Washington County Community Partnership For Children & Families to develop programs that will project our at-risk citizens and improve the overall quality of life in our city.

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


A: I support the Hagerstown Home Store although it has had mixed reviews and has not lived up to expectations. It needs to be reviewed and not abandoned as a failed program. A major flaw in the program is the overwhelming HUD involvement where homes are refurbished without air conditioning. The housing units are affordable, but attract primarily lower-income buyers which results in a very minimal increase in the tax base. Since some improvements have been seen and with a group of highly trained professionals already in place, the Hagerstown Home Store deserves funding if humanly possible this year.

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


A: It's too early to be talking referendum. I believe strongly that all attempts should be made to preserve minor league baseball for the Tri-State area. I will pursue the strong possibility of investment from the private sector coupled with revenue from the hotel-motel tax with city financial support. I will work to secure corporate commitment from the community as a pledge of support to the franchise ownership. The franchise's marketing approach must be changed dramatically to be successful. This is a regional team, a Tri-State team ... not just a Hagerstown team and must be marketed accordingly.

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


A: The overall needs of the City must be addressed by annexation to increase the tax base. I support reviewing the City's annexation policies immediately and believe that areas adjoining the Hagerstown City limits and receiving water and/or sewer services should be annexed. I will work with city staff members to secure grant funding to assist with budgetary needs. I support the City becoming more proactive and lobbying in Baltimore and Annapolis, 24-7-365, utilizing a local professional ... not the Mayor of another community. I propose working with Washington County government to eliminate duplication of services and lowering taxes.

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