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On the issues - Hagerstown mayoral candidates

Define the current working relationship between city and county governments and what you would do to improve that relationship

Define the current working relationship between city and county governments and what you would do to improve that relationship

April 08, 2005

Breichner response


The current working relationship between our city and county governments has improved over the past four years. I would like to point out such items as the financial assistance from the county for the new parking deck, county support on the purchase of the University Plaza property and their involvement with the MDE (Maryland Department of Environment) sewer consent order. There has also been joint cooperation on central booking and the emergency communications systems. My monthly lunch meetings with Commission President (Gregory) Snook has allowed us to develop a valuable line of communications which has been of much benefit to both governments. However, the elected officials and staff of both governments must develop a more meaningful spirit of trust and understanding in order to achieve a better working relationship. I support the development of a council of governments which would create the framework for more meaningful dialogue between the city, county and other municipalities.

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Trump response


Current relationships are poor. Consider the recent lawsuits between the city and the county. Consider the state appointed task force that had to be established to work out local water/sewer problems. Poor relationship, certainly; less than good government, absolutely; my chance to tell you what I will do about it, priceless!

The "New Vision for Hagerstown" team and I are "6 for Hagerstown!" This two-on-two stuff that the city administration panders is getting nowhere. Seen any results? Realize that a major reason for two-on-two is to limit public access. Two-on-two discussions are truly "secret meetings."

We will set a positive tempo of communications that bring out the best in each other. Our combined vision will better the community; resolve issues, bringing about better services without raising taxes. It is time for citizens of Hagerstown to "Get er done."

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