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Hagerstown City Council meetings may be televised

May 29, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

Hagerstown City Council meetings may be aired live and taped on the city's public access cable channel by late August despite the hesitancy of Councilman N. Linn Hendershot.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to pay Communication Televideo Ltd. of Silver Spring, Md., $81,541 for video production equipment.

At last week's 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."

He said he was concerned some council members might be less open if all meetings were televised, he said.

The money to pay for the equipment comes from the city's cable franchise agreement with Antie-tam Cable Television.

Antietam Cable Television and The Herald-Mail are owned by the same parent company, Schurz Communications.

Mayor William M. Breichner has said council meetings were broadcast for about a year in the early 1980s.

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