For a group whose mission was to bring people together, the organization known as "Building Community" got off to a rough start.
Two members of the Hagers-town City Council have criticized the group. One said it was too secretive, while the other said it exaggerated problems with racism in the city.
Then a former candidate for city office filed an ethics complaint - since dismissed - that said that City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman had improperly given the group several hundred dollars for its activities without council authorization.
Building Community has since adopted an open-door policy, invited press coverage and issued a statement detailing its goals.
The three are laudable aims - to explore issues of discrimination, to look at how the community integrates diverse groups into local society and how the community can celebrate its strengths and strengthen its weaknesses.