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City officials seek inspiration

March 11, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

City officials seek inspiration

Hagerstown could get ideas about how to solve or avoid problems by finding out how other cities handle them, City Councilman J. Wallace McClure said Tuesday.

McClure, during a work session, said there are specific things he wants council members, the mayor and department heads to look for when they scan newspapers from various cities for the next three months.

They include how other cities:




- Draw people downtown.

- Provide incentives for businesses to locate downtown.

- Handle vacant buildings, such as restoration or demolition.

- Deal with low-income residents and panhandlers.

- Recognize and reward community pride.

City officials also should note problems other cities face that Hagerstown officials should strive to avoid, McClure said.

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Advertisements for specialty shops in other cities could give Hagerstown officials ideas for the types of shops the city wants to attract, he said.

McClure said the cost of the newspaper subscriptions can be billed to his expense account.

City Finance Director Al Martin said the cost might exceed McClure's annual $1,000 expense budget, but is a worthy enough project to cover the overflow.

Some of the cities in which the 21 newspapers are published are York, Pa.; Wheeling, W.Va.; Parkersburg, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Northampton, Mass.; Hickory, N.C.; Portsmouth, N.H.;, Frankfort, Ky.; and Columbia, Tenn., Martin said.

Martin said McClure selected cities of comparable size to Hagerstown.

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