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Hagerstown neighborhood cleanup tonight

June 20, 2000

About 20 City of Hagerstown staff members and elected officials will be on the east side of downtown tonight to meet with residents and check the neighborhood for property maintenance code violations as part of the first Hagerstown Neighborhood Enhancement Effort.

City staff and officials will meet at a parking lot on the corner of Locust and Franklin streets at 5:30 p.m. and be available to meet with residents and answer "any questions about city services," said City Building Inspector Mike Heyser.

The Fire Department's safety house and the Police Department's mobile command center also are expected to be at the parking lot, Heyser said.

The area to be toured is bounded by Washington and Potomac streets, and Cannon and East avenues. Some city officials will begin touring the community at 6 p.m., while others will remain in the parking lot to meet with residents. Heyser said the event will probably conclude by 8 p.m.

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He said properties with code violations such as piles of trash, excessive weeds or graffiti will receive written requests to correct the problems. Legal notices will not be handed out tonight, Heyser said.

Heyser said if the program is successful it may be copied in other city neighborhoods.

He said the east-downtown neighborhood was chosen because it is a highly visible community for those coming through Hagerstown.

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