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Mayor wants meeting about sewer before Nov. 5

October 09, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner said Tuesday he would like the City Council and the Washington County Commissioners to meet before Election Day in an effort to resolve a dispute over a sewer agreement.

All five commissioners seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election. All of the incumbent commissioners except John L. Schnebly are seeking re-election.

A meeting between the two bodies might resolve some misunderstandings, Breichner said during Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

A majority of City Council members have said they want a proposed Hagerstown-Washington County sewer agreement changed. They want a section of the agreement that states the city "shall" accept new sewer customers from certain areas outside the city changed to read that the city "may" accept those customers.

The County Commissioners have opposed the change.

The "shall" vs. "may" disagreement is holding up proposed amendments to the sewer agreement that would enable the city and county sewer systems to be connected.

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