Nehring bids for Council seat

February 12, 2001|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Nehring bids for Council seat

Hagerstown City Council candidate Michael E. Nehring said he believes that sometimes there is too much focus on downtown instead of the city as a whole.

"Too often candidates focus on downtown revitalization, which is a good goal, but it's downtown revitalization at the expense of the realization that the city's much more than that," said Nehring, 31.

Nehring, a Republican, said the city's expanded foot and bicycle police patrols in downtown are "great."

"But what about the rest of the city. I'd like to see the foot and bike patrols in the West End maybe," he said.

Nehring said the "police do a great job under the new chief. But they're overtaxed and need more police officers."

He said he did not know exactly how many more officers are needed.

Nehring said a forum should be held through which residents from all over the city could meet with city officials.


He said the planned University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center is "very important," and more parking should be added around the downtown site.

"What (parking) we have won't be enough. It's barely enough now," Nehring said.

Nehring said he was not familiar with a $4.4 million proposal from the Greater Hagerstown Committee to demolish several buildings to make room for wider alleys and additional parking around the planned education center.

He said he supports a city subsidy for Community Rescue Service, the financially troubled ambulance company that serves most of Hagerstown and parts of the surrounding area.

Nehring also supports the city's Single Family Homeownership Program, under which the city buys, renovates and then resells homes within the city.

The city and Washington County governments need to continue working together, Nehring said.

He said he supports some city funding for a new baseball stadium for the Hagerstown Suns and predicted stadium funding will be an issue "before the next council's term is up."

Nehring said he's running for council because he wants to give something back to the city, and he wants to be one of "the next generation of leaders."

"I'm young. I'll be in Hagerstown for a long time. I want to grow with the city," he said.

"We have a very sound city council and a terrific mayor. I'm not running to step on any toes," he said.

Nehring grew up in Smithsburg, graduating from Smithsburg High School in 1987.

He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1991 and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1994.

He moved to Hagerstown in 1996, and resides at 606 Potomac Ave.

He runs the Hagerstown office of the Frederick, Md., law firm, Offutt, Horman, Burdette & Frey.

Nehring specializes in divorce and domestic law.

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