The Hagerstown City Council stepped out of city hall Tuesday night to listen to concerns of residents at a community forum.
At one point in the meeting things became tense. Some members from the African American community expressed to the council the lack of diversity and inclusion they believe exists in town. There was even concern from some residents about the potential demolition of the Jonathan Street building.
“I brought up the concern of the lack of inclusion, the lack of ethics and just the lack of oversight that we have for individual entities,” said Joseph Jefferson, a Hagerstown resident.
Councilman Lewis Metzner explained the proposed demolition of the Jonathan Street building was intended to get rid of blight in the community.