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Nigh wants better communication

January 10, 2007|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN - A committee consisting of Hagerstown and Washington County elected officials isn't keeping the Hagerstown City Council informed of its discussions, City Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said.

So, she asked the County Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday to keep her in the loop.

"If I can't have comments from the City Council, can I get them from the commissioners?" Nigh asked.

Nigh was referring to the two plus two committee, which consists of two Hagerstown City Council members and two Washington County Commissioners.

Committee members last year said the group formed to improve communication and resolve issues between the city and county governments. The discussions have included topics such as annexation, sewer capacity, growth and revitalizing downtown Hagerstown

Responding to Nigh's concerns, Commissioner James F. Kercheval, a committee member, said the councilwoman could call him whenever she wanted.

As did Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer, a city representative.

"Since I have been on the two plus two, Penny has been kept up-to-date on what we work on," Cromer said. "She or any council member can request an update at any time and are given one."

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Former Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire represented the city on the committee, and former Commissioner Doris J. Nipps represented the county.

Aleshire is now a commissioner, and Nipps wasn't re-elected.

Nigh assumed the two plus two committee would continue despite the changes to the City Council and County Commissioners.

She said she doesn't support the two plus two committee "because we are five commissioners and five council people. It should be a discussion with all of us."

Residents also should know what's being discussed, she said.

Commissioner William J. Wivell said, for the most part, he didn't think the two plus two committee was necessary.

Staff writer Dan Dearth contributed to this story.

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