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Jan. 16 hagerstown council briefs

January 16, 2002

Hagerstown council briefs 1/16

Hendershot distributes pro-annexation book


Hagerstown City Councilman N. Linn Hendershot on Tuesday handed out what he described as a pro-annexation book to his fellow council members.

The book, "Cities Without Suburbs" by David Rusk, is assigned reading for the council, Hendershot said.

Hendershot said he also plans to deliver copies of the book to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The council and commissioners have been at odds over a proposed city annexation policy that generally would tie city water and sewer service to annexation for new customers adjacent to the city boundaries.

Fireworks on Fourth free at fairgrounds


Fourth of July fireworks at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park should be a free and stand-alone event, the City Council decided Tuesday.

The council reviewed proposals to have either a free fireworks display or a fireworks display that would follow a country music concert. Tickets to the concert would cost $10 to $12, according to a city memo.

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Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the concert is a good idea, but it should be held on a different date.

He said there should not be an admission charge for the Fourth of July fireworks at the fairgrounds. No council members disagreed.

Admission to Potterfield Pool remains the same


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to leave admission rates at the city's Claude M. Potterfield Pool unchanged for the upcoming summer season.

Also, the council told City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman to move forward with plans to purchase a new water slide for the pool on Frederick Street.

The slide could cost $65,000, according to city estimates.

Most of the money for the slide would come from a state grant and corporate sponsors, according to a city memo.

- Dan Kulin

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