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City council

October 10, 1997

City Councilconsiders rezoning

Hagerstown City Council members agreed Tuesday to get legal advice to help them decide whether a building on East Avenue should be rezoned to allow offices.

Groh Realty Co. wants to rezone the 26-32 East Ave. building from R-2 to R-4.

Councilman Lewis Metzner suggested at the work session that council members need guidance in interpreting the law, which states two conditions for changing zoning.

The first allows for a change if the neighborhood has undergone significant changes since it was originally zoned. The second, which the property owners are relying on, allows a change if there was a mistake in the original zoning.

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The Planning Commission has recommended the change.

Councilman Wally McClure reiterated his call for a solution to the parking problems the rezoning would cause.

"As I have said before, it would be unconscionable to consider this without addressing the parking thing," he said.

But Metzner said parking is a side issue.

"I think we have to stick to what the law is," he said. "These things aren't really things we should be considering."

- Brendan Kirby

Traffic issuesdiscussed

The Hagerstown mayor and City Council discussed four traffic issues at Tuesday's work session.

At the City Council meeting later this month, officials will vote on the following staff recommendations:

- To place a one-way sign on Dunn Irvin Drive.

- To redesignate Maple Avenue as a one-way street if the Sheetz store cannot reconstruct its entrance. This would fix a misalignment of Maple Avenue and the Sheetz entrance that result in conflicting left-hand turns.

- To install four-way stop signs at Wakefield Road and Church Street. It is the only intersection out of six along Church Street that does not have multi-way stop signs.

In addition, officials discussed the possibility of reducing the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on Hamilton Boulevard.

Council members, however, expressed opposition to the idea.

"What we need is enforcement. If we can't enforce 30, we're not going to be able to enforce 25," Councilman Wally McClure said.

Public Square work

The Maryland State Highway Administration's signal contractor will be working in Public Square Wednesday night and Thursday morning, city officials said.

The work will allow conduit installations across Potomac Street and Washington Street.

Officials asked motorists to be aware of altered traffic patterns.

- Brendan Kirby

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