City briefs Hamilton Blvd., water, sewer meeting

February 08, 1998

City briefs: Hamilton Blvd., water, sewer meeting

Vote scheduled onHamilton changes

Hamilton Boulevard could have a four-way stop sign at Magnolia Avenue and a lower speed limit by March, city officials said Tuesday.

City Council members will vote on the traffic changes during their regular meeting on Feb. 24. They are trying to reduce the use of Hamilton Boulevard as a thoroughfare through the North End.

Several residents who attended a Jan. 27 hearing on the matter said they preferred a four-way stop sign.

Residents weren't as supportive of a proposal to lower the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph because that might have involved elimination of parking spaces along intersections to improve sight distance.


City officials said Tuesday they would lower the speed limit, but hold off on eliminating parking spaces.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner suggested posting signs along intersections prohibiting vans and trucks from parking within a certain distance from the corner so drivers would have better visibility pulling into intersections.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said that would be overkill.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he had trouble seeing at the intersection with Hillcrest Road because there is a car parked there with a cover over it.

Bruchey said reducing the speed limit won't help without enforcement.

Of 11 traffic stops made Monday by Hagerstown City Police on Hamilton Boulevard, seven of the drivers were residents of that street, Bruchey said.

Water, sewer meetingset for Feb. 25

A meeting to discuss possible models of a joint water and sewer authority between Hagerstown and Washington County will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, city officials said Tuesday.

The mayor, City Council and County Commissioners will meet at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Julie E. Greene

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