City Council briefs

February 27, 2001

City Council briefs

A law that would make it illegal to possess or consume alcohol at Hagerstown's parks and playgrounds, and to be at a city park or playground after the posted hours, was unanimously endorsed by the City Council on Tuesday.

A final vote on the law is expected March 27.

Council members have said the new law would make it easier for police to enforce the park rules.

Under the proposal, the city could waive the rules for specific events.

City Council approves new stop signs

New stop signs for the intersections of Howard and Spruce streets and North Mulberry Street and Fairgrounds Avenue, both in Hagerstown, were approved Tuesday by the City Council.

The council voted 4-1 in favor of stop signs at the intersection of Howard and Spruce streets.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure voted against the stop signs.

"I've been through that intersection many times ... There is already a blinking light there ... It's overkill," McClure said.


Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said the intersection of Howard and Spruce streets is next to a day-care facility and is in a neighborhood that has many children.

The council voted 5-0 for stop signs at the intersection of Fairgrounds Avenue and North Mulberry Street.

City Engineer Bruce Johnston has said requests for the stop signs came from residents of the affected neighborhoods.

Johnston said Tuesday it will take "at least a few weeks" for the new signs to be installed.

City Council backs deal with YMCA, league

The Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday for a user agreement with the Hagerstown YMCA and the Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League for the soccer fields at Fairgrounds Park.

A final vote on the agreement is expected March 27.

Under the one-year agreement, the groups will maintain the fields in return for having priority scheduling for activities on the three soccer fields.

The agreement is similar to user agreements the city has with Hagerstown BMX and the Hagerstown Fairgrounds Softball Association, for other sections of the Fairgrounds.

City Council votes for rezoning request

The Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor of a rezoning request for about 11 acres along South Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

A final vote on the rezoning is expected March 27.

The Bowman Group has asked that about 11 acres along South Potomac Street be rezoned from R-3 residential to C-2 commercial. The property is near Oak Ridge Drive and is across from E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

In January, the city Planning Commission voted to recommend against approval of the rezoning request.

Matt Davis, a city planner, has said the Planning Commission determined that a mistake in the original zoning was not proven and that commercial zoning there would go against the city's comprehensive plan.

Bowman representatives have said their request for a rezoning of the property is based more on a change in the neighborhood.

Don Bowman said recently that he had no specific plans for the property, but he expected a retail business would go there.

Church Street property to be sold to church

The Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to sell 26, 28 and 30 W. Church St. to the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church for $33,000.

The church plans to turn the property into a parking lot, David Schwartz, a church member and past president of the church's board said recently.

- Dan Kulin

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