The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a flow transfer agreement with the Washington County Commissioners, making official a proposed agreement that has been debated for more than a year.
The Washington County Commissioners approved the agreement at a July 22 meeting.
The city action settles one of two disagreements and lawsuits the county filed against the city in the last year.
After the vote during a rare joint meeting of the council and commissioners, Mayor William M. Breichner used the opportunity to encourage the two bodies to settle the other issue, which revolves around the city's annexation proposal, as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Breichner said he is scheduled to be deposed today at an attorney's office in connection with the annexation lawsuit.
Resolution of the flow transfer agreement means the county will receive a $650,000 grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment to help pay for joint city-county services. The grant funding was in question for months after it was tied up by a debate over the annexation policy.