December 19 – Hagerstown Mayor and Council will hold a regular session tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 1 E. Franklin Street.
This will be the final meeting for 2023.
There will be a few appointments tonight, including the new Fire Chief John DiBacco and the new Deputy Fire Chief Adam Hopkins.
Wes Decker, Communications Officer for the City of Hagerstown, said, “Following that there’ll be a recognition of retirement for Steve Lohr, who has been the fire chief here at the city for a number of years. He’s lived in the city his entire life. So I think when you look ahead to the holidays coming up, I think this makes this meeting the last one of the year, but I think it makes it a little more emotional and certainly impactful.”
There will also be recognition of the Explore and Express Yourself, which is a Middle School program through the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
Decker said, “I know this is near and dear to the mayor’s heart, where the mayor does work on Saturdays. I think this is a program again that is very close to her heart. So we’ll have that as part of the special recognitions of which again, there are several coming up this evening.”
There are 12 items on the consent agenda, nothing under unfinished business and 15 items under new business.
Of course, the microphone will be open for public comment.
Budget season is also on the horizon.
Decker said, “I haven’t heard anything substantial just yet. Just that we’re into that time of the year so things will be unfolding here as we begin 2024, but nothing that I know of at this point that we could really get into.”
The budget is due before the city gets through the first six months of the year.
Decker explained, “That is a fiscal year budget. It will be coming before Mayor and Council with a lot of discussion, especially as we’re into February and March, and then beyond that, it’s something that will have to be settled on. It has to be a balanced budget. That is in the charter for the City of Hagerstown and then of course, the final vote will come right before we get into June. It comes up quickly, though.”
People can participate in tonight’s meeting either in person or through the City’s YouTube Channel or Facebook Page.