Hagerstown Council briefs

November 13, 2002|By SCOTT BUTKI

Councilman calls for city-county meeting

Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner asked Tuesday for a joint city-county meeting before the new Washington County Commissioners are sworn in so the two bodies can try to resolve some issues.

Mayor William M. Breichner said he will call Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook today to try to arrange the meeting before the commissioners are sworn in at the Dec. 3 meeting.

The city wants to try one more time to reach agreement with the current commissioners on a few issues because there will probably be a learning curve and time delays as the three new commissioners take office, Breichner and Metzner said.

Among the issues they want to discuss is a possible change to a proposed city-county sewer agreement that is holding up proposed amendments to the sewer agreement that would enable the city and county sewer systems to be connected, Breichner and Metzner said.


The city also wants to reach an agreement with the county on a proposal to revise the tax differential formula, they said.

The tax differential, or setoff, represents the amount of money the county does not have to spend on things such as police or parks for various municipalities, resulting in those cities getting money back.

Snook and Commissioner William J. Wivell were re-elected to the county commissioners on Election Day, but Commissioners Paul L. Swartz and Bert L. Iseminger were defeated. Commissioner John L. Schnebly did not seek re-election

Taking office will be Republican newcomers James F. Kercheval, Doris J. Nipps and John C. Munson.

Mayor says gridiron classic was a success

Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting that the first Hagerstown Gridiron Championship Classic went well.

The city renamed the annual football game between North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high schools and awarded a trophy to the winning team.

The city also gave 1,500 buttons to each school, stating support for their team, and plaques so the schools can note the team's Most Valuable Player.

"Everyone was very appreciative," Breichner said.

South Hagerstown won Friday's game by a score of 39-0.

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