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Hagerstown to give $1,500 to historical society

Council to sponsor page in book commemorating group's 100th anniversary clebration

March 01, 2011

The Hagerstown City Council agreed Tuesday to contribute $1,500 to the 100th anniversary celebration of the Washington County Historical Society.

The five-member council narrowly agreed to sponsor the Hager House page in a commemorative book being prepared for the event with general fund contingency money.

City Budget Officer Al Martin said the city has spent very little from the contingency, which City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman advised the council was the appropriate funding source for the request.

Council members Ashley C. Haywood and Forrest W. Easton did not support to the contribution, but were outweighed by council members William Breichner, Martin Brubaker and Lewis C. Metzner.

The council did not take a formal vote.

Easton suggested during his comments to the council that it develop a clear process for assessing funding requests from nonprofits.

Hagerstown annually supports the historical society. In the current fiscal year, the  city budgeted $2,700 for the society, according to city documents.

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