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Hendershot hesitant about televising meetings

May 22, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Councilman N. Linn Hendershot said Tuesday that televising all of the mayor and council meetings may be a bad idea.

The council has supported spending about $81,000 to equip the council meeting room with cameras and other equipment that would enable council meetings to be televised.

The council is scheduled to vote on the expenditure on May 28.

During the Tuesday council meeting, Hendershot said it might be good to televise meetings such as public hearings, "but to do it on an ongoing basis ... might be a mistake."

The council typically meets four times a month. Three of those meetings are work sessions at which issues are discussed before being voted on. The last meeting of the month is typically the meeting during which the council votes on numerous items, such as laws and expenditures.

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Hendershot said televising all the council work sessions might not be a good idea.

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