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Council seeks productive relationship with commissioners

July 31, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown City Council informally decided Tuesday to make having a more productive relationship with the Washington County Commissioners one of its objectives for the next year.

The council's relationship with the commissioners is better than it was 10 years ago but, despite that, very little cooperative work has been accomplished during the last year, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said during Tuesday's council meeting.

The council needs to find a way to resolve its differences with the county instead of just saying the other governmental body is in error, he said.

Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said he has no problem with the objective as long as it doesn't hurt city residents.

During the next year the council needs to find a way to resolve a disagreement with the commissioners over a joint city-county sewer service agreement, Metzner said.

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The city also needs to work more with the county to increase the city's tax differential from the county, he said.

During a 90-minute goal-setting workshop, the council also reviewed goals it set last July and discussed a proposed mission statement, a proposed vision statement and proposed list of core values.

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