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Mayor, council hold retreat to set goals

December 06, 2000

Mayor, council hold retreat to set goals



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council are meeting Friday for a goal-setting retreat.

They also will discuss whether to issue parking permits for downtown metered spaces and review the Downtown Master Plan.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday at Wingrove Manor, 635 Oak Hill Ave. in Hagerstown.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II is pushing for the city to begin issuing parking permits for downtown meters.

Bruchey said at least 20 downtown residents have complained to him that they have no off-street parking and are forced to park at metered spaces.

The mayor said parking permits would probably cost at least $40 a month.

The city's Downtown Master Plan was adopted in 1993 and parts of it were incorporated into the city's 1997 Comprehensive Plan.

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Bruchey said it may be time for "a little tweaking" of the plan, which recommends projects and programs for the downtown.

Several of the recommendations in the latest Master Plan have been completed, including enhancements to Public Square, adding public art around the downtown, which was done by putting murals around the city, and improvements to U.S. 40, which are partially complete.

The mayor said the goal-setting retreat primarily will involve reviewing "goals that we have discussed before," such as the need for a new city business park.

"We need to decide what approach to take," Bruchey said.

Other goals expected to be discussed include revitalization of residential neighborhoods, reducing street crime and enhancing the city's image to current and prospective residents.

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