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Hagerstown City Council briefs

August 18, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

City seeks members to serve on ethics committee



The city is ready to hear from people who want to help review its municipal ethics code.

Hagerstown City Council members said Tuesday that people can apply to be on a committee.

Councilman Forrest Easton said he has received several e-mails from people inquiring about the process.

Applications should be sent to City Clerk Donna K. Spickler, who can be reached by e-mail at dspickler@hagerstownmd.org and by phone at 301-739-8577, ext. 113.

Last week, council members agreed that the ethics code might need to be updated. The last comprehensive review was in the early 1980s, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said last week.

The code sets standards for city officials in negotiating contracts, accepting gifts, using confidential information and disclosing finances, among other topics.

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Council members discussed creating an ethics commission for the city instead of relying on the county's ethics commission, the current practice.

Doleman Black Heritage Museum board asks city for help with fundraiser



Representatives of a group trying to a create a black history museum have asked the city for help with a fundraiser.

A memo says the board of directors of The Doleman Black Heritage Museum requested a $1,000 donation and $200 in in-kind services.

The contributions would be for an Oct. 25 event the museum group is holding at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

The group must raise $25,000 to match a $25,000 bond bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly this year. The group has up to two years to match the bond bill money.

Alesia Parson-McBean, a former city councilwoman assisting the museum group, said she's optimistic the entire amount can be raised in October.

"That's a hope," she said.

The city council is scheduled to vote on the group's request next week.

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