The Manassas City Council Tuesday voted to discuss with local state legislators the possibility of asking the state to help pay for a $1 million, 5,700-square-foot museum in the city.

The council has endorsed the first phase of a museum master plan, developed by Design and Production Inc., of Lorton, that recommends that the Manassas City Museum, now housed in a 1,600-square-foot facility on Main Street, be broadened to include a larger collection and new programs, particularly for schools. Plans call for the proposed Baldwin Park museum to be integrated with two sites of historic significance in the city, Liberia and Mayfield.

The consulting firm also suggested that because of Manassas' rich Civil War past, the museum could have regional appeal and draw tourists to the city. The council, although receptive to the idea of improving the city museum's programs, has indicated it must weigh the project's importance against others in a pending six-year, $87 million capital improvements plan.

In other action, the council delayed endorsing a proposed commuter rail system concept by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission until questions about the city's financial responsibility in the project can be better defined.

City Manager John Cartwright announced the hiring of Geraldine Huggins as personnel manager for the city's 300 employes. Huggins, a LaSalle University graduate holding a degree in personnel and labor relations, is expected to take office Jan. 4. She will be paid $31,886.