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Longer delay needed at light, councilwoman says

November 26, 1998

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said Tuesday night that pedestrians at Public Square need more time to cross the street safely.

Saum-Wicklein brought the issue up one day after a pedestrian was hit by a Washington County Commuter bus near the intersection.

Herbert Dotson, 70, of Westminster, Md., was in fair condition Tuesday at Washington County Hospital.

"It is difficult to get across safely and we need to do something about it. I don't think the State Highway Administration gets it yet," Saum-Wicklein said.

The state is in charge of the traffic signals at that intersection because Washington Street is part of U.S. 40.

Pedestrians have six seconds to cross the street at Public Square before the light turns green, said City Engineer Bruce Johnston.The honor guard for the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605 presented the colors to the tune of a bagpipe at Tuesday night's meeting of Hagerstown's mayor and City Council.

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Councilman still against buying house without parking

Hagerstown City Councilman J. Wallace McClure again voted against the city buying a house to rehabilitate and resell because it didn't provide off-street parking.

The council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to adopt a law to buy the house at 211 N. Mulberry St. for $29,000.

McClure has said the house could be difficult to resell without off-street parking, making it a bad investment.

The lack of off-street parking is a problem in many city neighborhoods.

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