Hagerstown City Council members decided Tuesday they will vote to adopt a city annexation policy on May 28.
In general, the policy would require property contiguous to the city limits to be annexed into the city before city water and sewer service would be extended to the area.
The council first endorsed the annexation policy in October, but held off on voting to formally adopt the policy after members of the Washington County Board of Commissioners spoke out against it.
The proposed annexation policy then became entangled in city-county negotiations over amendments to a sewer service agreement.
Both city and county elected bodies approved amendments that would allow the city and county sewer systems to connect near the Washington County Detention Center and Interstate 81, as well as increase the charge for some new sewer connections outside Hagerstown. But the council's and commissioners' versions of the amended agreement differed in the sections regarding annexation.