Hagerstown Mayor and Council work session this afternoon looks at surveys, budgets and student housing

June 8 – A work session for the City of Hagerstown’s Mayor and Council will begin at 4 p.m. this afternoon at 1 East Franklin Street in Council Chambers.

The public is welcome to attend, but public comment is only allowed at the full session near the end of the month. Watch anywhere you are on the City’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Wes Decker, Communications Officer for the City of Hagerstown, stopped by First News to give a preview of the meeting.

It’s a pretty beefy agenda, with seven different items up for discussion.

One is the results of the community feedback survey.

“I have heard some of the preliminary information,” Decker said. “It was discussed a little bit in the strategic planning session that Mayor and Council had a couple of weeks ago. There will be a discussion of the strategic plan as it runs through that community survey to some degree.”

The City had staff get together on the survey. Hagerstown Police Department played a role in it as well. Staff had some background in formulating surveys, making sure that they are fair and making sure the city gets as much feedback as possible that is productive.

Another item to be discussed is the Catalyst Project #3 where the city teams up with a developer or two to further the processes and productivity of the University System of Maryland in Hagerstown as it relates to student housing.

Two projects, one at 170 West Washington Street and one at 1721 East Franklin Street will be discussed. 

Mayor and Council will also talk about the fiscal year ’22 budget for the general fund agency contribution. The City year in and year out makes contributions to different nonprofits in Hagerstown. There are 8 of them on the list this year. The same 8 as last year.

Because of all the uncertainty of the pandemic last year, Mayor and Council put it off to a time where they would be better able to not guess what they could give. That time is now.

For more information on the work sessions, click here: https://www.hagerstownmd.org/135/Meeting-Schedule