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City Hall's agenda

July 11, 1997

Hagerstown's mayor and City Council met Friday to set goals for at least the next year. Those goals include:

Starting to televise mayor and City Council work sessions on the government channel, channel 6. Councilman Lewis C. Metzner suggested airing delayed tapings of the meetings so residents who cannot attend because of work can see the meetings.

Reviewing city staffing. "We're understaffed in the city, especially in public works," Metzner said.

Adding parking spaces downtown by securing land now for a future parking deck in the southwest block of Public Square.

Moving the city's Department of Community Development from the fourth floor of City Hall to the neighboring, city-owned building on East Franklin Street.

This would provide residents better access to the office, which helps low-income residents buy renovated single family homes.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II also suggested moving the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau's downtown office from Public Square into the building.

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Holding a public forum to find out what city taxpayers think about the proposal for a new minor league baseball stadium.

Building a northwest road connecting Pennsylvania and Salem avenues. Councilman Alfred W. Boyer suggested a new route outside city limits extending Crestview Drive to Marshall Street. Drivers could go north on Marshall under the Interstate 81 overpass and over to Salem.

Providing public restrooms downtown or promoting the existing ones in City Hall and the North Potomac Street parking deck better.

Having city engineering staff review North End intersections to ensure drivers have a clear view before pulling into the intersection. Some parking spaces near intersections might need to be removed.

Encouraging more affluent residents to live in the downtown area. Boyer said downtown, which serves mainly low-income and older residents, needs a better mix of economic classes.

This would involve encouraging realtors to market downtown housing better.

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