The news that Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council have reached what Councilman Lewis Metzner called a "respectful understanding" is most welcome.
Because their meetings are televised, the city's elected officials are the public image of municipal government. If they don't show respect for one another, the council meetings could confirm skeptics' suspicion that government is a source of problems and not solutions.
But more important than putting a good face on government, this body needs to work together on a variety of issues important to the entire region.
· A proposed flow-transfer agreement that would provide sewage capacity needed for the Washington County Hospital's move to Robinwood.
Under the Washington County government's proposal, the city would get 150,000 gallons of capacity at the county's Conococheague plant in exchange for providing the same amount for the new hospital.