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City Briefs 10/5

October 05, 2000

City Briefs 10/5



Council majority favors annexation


A majority of Hagerstown City Council members favor annexing the site of the new YMCA building along Eastern Boulevard.

Council members Alfred W. Boyer, William M. Breichner and Susan Saum-Wicklein said Tuesday they favor the annexation of the approximately 28 acres.

Boyer said it's a good idea to extend the city's boundaries to make more land available for future annexations.

City Economic Development Coordinator Debbie Everhart said the costs of providing police and fire service to the area will be minimal.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure, who said he opposes the annexation, said it will cost about $4,500 to cover the legal costs of the annexation.

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Because the YMCA is a nonprofit organization, council members said the city would not receive any property tax revenue from its property.

Everhart said the council probably will vote on the annexation Oct. 24.

City to upload code


Hagerstown's City Code book will get a new look and be available on the Internet, the City Council decided Tuesday.

The code currently is in a 6-inch by 9-inch binder. The code will be reformatted and put in an 8-inch by 11-inch binder under the council-endorsed plan. The code also will be put on the Internet and accessible through the city's current Web page.

Councilmen Alfred W. Boyer, Lewis C. Metzner and William M. Breichner supported the action, which is expected to cost about $16,000.

Reprinting the code in a larger form and making it available over the Internet was chosen over updating the code in the smaller, existing size binders, which was estimated to cost $14,450 to $15,460.

Weis will close two stores, open new one


One Weis Markets is opening as two close in Hagerstown.

A new Weis Markets is scheduled to open Oct. 15 at the Centre at Antietam shopping plaza at Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown, said store Manager Jeff Feeser.

Meanwhile, the Weis Markets on Wesel Boulevard closed Saturday, and the Weis Markets on Maryland Avenue will close Oct. 14, Feeser said.

The new Weis Markets contains about 65,000-square-feet and will have about 200 employees, he said.

Feeser said the employees from the older stores, which are about half the size of the new store, have all been offered jobs at the new supermarket.

"All employees are guaranteed a job," he said.

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